Trade season officially started for the New York Rangers today as they acquired Bryan McCabe from the Florida Panthers for Tim Kennedy and a 3rd round pick.
The Rangers are able bolster their blueline with a very good, offensive minded, veteran defenseman. McCabe will also help the Rangers powerplay which has been horrible all season as they now sit 21st in the NHL. McCabe has 143 goals in his career, 72 of which have come on the powerplay so the Rangers are getting a legitimate powerplay quarterback for their playoff run.
Tim Kennedy was sent back in return to the Panthers. Kennedy signed a two-year deal with the Rangers this off-season but was sent to the AHL earlier this year and for fear of losing him via re-entry waivers, the Rangers decided to leave him in the minors until next season when they could call him back up.
So for the Rangers to acquire a powerplay quarterback with an expiring contract for a player that they weren’t going to call up until next year and a 3rd round pick is another great move for general manager, Glen Sather. Sather acquired Wojtek Wolski for Michal Rozsival earlier this season so he is 2-for-2 on trades so far. Glen Sather may need to be arrested for robbery because he has been able to get rid of unwanted parts for players that can immediately help this team.
Now everyone is questioning whether the Rangers still have cap space to go acquire Brad Richards and with how good Sather is at trading, I wouldn’t count them out. It was reported earlier in the week that Stars general manager, Joe Nieuwendyk, was requesting Derek Stepan, Brandon Dubinsky, and Marc Staal in exchange for Brad Richards. Now if Nieuwendyk really expects the Rangers to part with all of that for Richards then I don’t see him coming to Broadway until this summer. Now with the way Sather is with trades you may see Richards in New York on Monday for Matt Gilroy, $3.99, and a bag of chips. The Rangers best move might be to wait until July to go after Richards, that way they don’t have to part with some of their young players. Richards won’t help them win a cup this year so why sacrifice the future?
McCabe will most likely get his first action in a Rangers uniform tomorrow when the Rangers go back home to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.