New York Rangers trade for Ryan Reaves; no one is pushing them around anymore

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Mar 25, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves (75) before the game against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

There will be no more pushing around of the New York Rangers. As we speculated here after the Tom Wilson incident to get a player like Ryan Reaves, Chris Drury has done it.

In a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Rangers acquire Ryan Reaves for a third round pick. Reaves played for Gerard Gallant when he was there.

Rangers get enforcer, Ryan Reaves

Per Rangers Press Release:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired forward Ryan Reaves from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

Reaves, 34, skated in 37 games with Vegas this past season, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with 27 penalty minutes. He led the NHL (min. 20 games played) in hits per 60 minutes of ice time in 2020-21 (23.02), and he also led the Golden Knights in hits (141) this past season. Reaves skated in 12 games during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs while helping the Golden Knights advance to the Semifinals.

At 6-2 and 225 lbs, Reaves is no stranger to the physical aspects of the game. In 686 games he has accumulated 937 penalty minutes. He can also chip in with some occasional offense as he’s picked up 101 points over that time. The big forward also likes to throw the body with 2,322 hits in his career to go with 75 major penalties.

Reaves joins fierce bottom six

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The Rangers will take on Reaves’ full cap hit of $1.75 million gladly.

He now joins a revamped bottom six that includes Barclay Goodrow, and Sammy Blais. The Rangers also expect Morgan Barron to play a significant role next season along with Kevin Rooney whom they chose to protect in the Seattle Expansion.

I can hear Alice Cooper’s No More Mr. Nice Guy blaring over the MSG speakers now.

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