HomeSportsRangers trade Ryan Reaves for Wild: Why the forward is a good...

Rangers trade Ryan Reaves for Wild: Why the forward is a good fit for Minnesota

The New York Rangers acted ahead Ryan Reaves to the Wild in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft, Minnesota announced Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Reaves played in 12 games for the Rangers this season.
  • The Wild struggles to generate attacks and find a lineup during an 8-8-2 start to the season.
  • While Reaves is not expected to provide a major offensive boost, both he and general manager Bill Guerin agree the forward brings something the team needs, “energy” and “swagger”.
  • Guerin said Reaves will make his Wild debut against the Toronto maple leaves.

The athletic‘s direct analysis:

Backstory

Reaves was a healthy scratch in eight of New York’s last nine games and the Rangers had to start accumulating capspace, so he would likely be waived if they couldn’t find a trade. He was loved in the dressing room, but there was just no place for him in the line-up. — Staple

Why Reaves is a good fit for Minnesota

As The athletic has reported for two weeks that Guerin chased Reaves to strengthen the bottom six and win some board fights. Reaves is still one of the strongest – if not the strongest – man in hockey and the Wild are one of the most underpowered, least physical teams in hockey. They’ve lost a lot of board battles this season and rank 24th in hits per 60 minutes at 21.29. Since entering the NHL in 2010–11, Reaves ranks third among active players in hits (2,645) and sixth in penalty minutes (992).

Must Read
2022 World Series: Phillies Complete Historic Comeback in Game 1 Win

According to hockey fights. comReaves has also been involved in 78 fights in his NHL career, including one with Marcus Foligno on the opening night of the Wild. — Russo

What they say

“No GM has ever traded for me because they needed goals or points. I bring energy, I bring physical play, I bring swagger. I look forward to bringing that to Minny. I’m excited. They had a good run last year, they’re a good team, they just fell short,” said Reaves The athletic.

Guerin said The athletic that acquiring Reaves was “not for battle”. Instead, Guerin said the rugged striker had been deployed for other attributes.

“He’s a biiiiigggg personality. He has a lot of energy. He’s got swagger. We missed that,’ said Guerin. “The energy he brings is really good. And mate. He’s going to help us regain our identity.’

“Of course a competitor and very heavy. Also has been on many veteran playoff teams. He knows the grind and can bring that energy,” said Foligno until The athletic in a text message.

Required reading

(Photo: Charles LeClaire/USA Today)

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments