Rangers acquire Barclay Goodrow from Tampa Bay, trade Howden to Vegas

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has made two trades acquiring forward Barclay Goodrow from the Tampa Bay Lightning and sending Brett Howden to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Barclay Goodrow, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 28, won the Stanley Cup with lightning last week.  The 28-year-old skated in 55 games with Tampa Bay this past season, registering six goals and 14 assists for 20 points, along with a plus-16 rating and 52 penalty minutes. He also recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in 18 playoff games.

In the deal with Tampa Bay, the Blueshirts sent a seventh-round draft pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-2, 203-pounder has skated in 331 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons (2014-15 – 2020-21) with San Jose and Tampa Bay, registering 32 goals and 61 assists for 93 points, along with a plus-13 rating and 304 penalty minutes. The Toronto, Ontario native is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, as he helped the Lightning win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons (2019-20 and 2020-21).

Brett Howden Traded To The Vegas Golden Knights

In a separate transaction, GM Chris Drury sent 23-year-old Brent Howden to the Vegas Golden Knights for defenseman prospect Nick DeSimone and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft.

Howden skated in 178 games over three seasons with the Rangers, registering 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points, along with 53 penalty minutes.

DeSimone skated in 22 American Hockey League (AHL) games this past season with the San Jose Barracuda and Rochester Americans, registering 11 assists and four penalty minutes.

 

New York Rangers agree to terms with Brett Howden

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Brett Howden on a one-year contract.

New York Rangers general manager Chris Drury agreed to terms with Brett Howden on a one-year, $885,00 one-way contract.

Howden, 23, skated in 42 games with the Rangers this past season, registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with 11 penalty minutes. The 6-3, 200-pounder has skated in 178 career NHL games over three seasons (2018-19 – 2020-21), all with the Rangers, registering 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points, along with 53 penalty minutes. Howden also skated in three games during the 2020 postseason.

The Calgary, Alberta native was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with Tampa Bay on February 26, 2018. Howden was originally selected by the Lightning in the first round, 27th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The signing now gives the Rangers another option to protect for the NHL Expansion Draft, which will be held on July 21 in Seattle.

With the signing, Drury can choose to protect Colin Blackwell and expose Howden, something the Rangers could not consider prior due to the draft rules the NHL announced earlier this year.

Teams must submit their protected player’s list by July 17th, and that list will be announced on July 18.

 

 

Rangers’ Anthony DeAngelo defends fellow teammate

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New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo enjoys going back and forth with hockey fans on his Twitter account. Whether it is about politics, his favorite sports teams or just to get fans talking about what’s going on in the world, he never seems to keep his opinion to himself.

Wednesday the 24-year-old defenseman did what he does best.  He defended his teammate, Brett Howden.  Howden has been a target of many in the Rangers Twitter world.  During this time when the team is out of the playoffs, bloggers and anti-Howden fans have been ripping the forwards last season and suggesting the club trade him.

DeAngelo decided to use his platform to defend Howden with a tweet that grabbed everyone’s attention.

DeAngelo confidently stated why people have focused their criticism towards the second-year player.

“He’s become the focus of criticism because people have zero idea what they are talking about. He’s a young, talented hardworking player that is liked by everyone in the organization. Plays hard, both ends of [the] ice and is SO young still. Take Brett Howden every day of the week!”

So powerful words which should come as no surprise to anyone who follows DeAngelo or listens to his podcast “Watch Your Tone”

In a time of pointing fingers and laying blame in our society, its refreshing to see one player stand up for another with fear of backlash or further negative comments.

Regardless if DeAngelo is on the ice or typing on his phone, the defenseman always protects his Blueshirt teammates.

New York Rangers Still Have Many Positives Despite Loss to Blues

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The New York Rangers and their fans can still look at the team and find many good things about the way the team has been playing. On Saturday night, the Rangers lost 5-2 to the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues. Despite some turnovers and shaky defense, the Blueshirts did finish the week 2-1, which is about what many had realistically hoped for since losing to a first-place team that had won their last seven games in a row at home should not be totally unexpected.

The Young New York Rangers are Doing Many Things Well

So the reality that a lot of the fans and media will take is that because of last night’s loss, the Rangers “took a step backward,” or that the Rangers “stink” is just not based in reality. Right now, the Blues are just a better team than the Rangers. The Blues are probably just better than all of the teams in the NHL. So instead of pandering to the haters and Debby Downers, let’s take a look at some of the things that the Rangers have been doing well in recent games.

Artemi Panarin is good, but just how good has he been? Since Dec. 11, Panarin leads the NHL in points with 24. Entering last night’s game, he leads the NHL in even-strength points (47), even strength assists (29), 5-on-5 points (40), and 5-on-5 assists (26) this season. When he tallied his 60th point on Thursday, he became the first player in franchise history who has recorded 60 or more points in his first 43 career games with the Rangers.  And finally, per NHL Stats and Information, when Panarin tallied his 59th point earlier in the week, he became tied for the most by a Ranger in his first 43 career games with the team.  He was tied with Wayne Gretzky, who was a pretty decent player in his time.

But enough about Panarin. The younger Blueshirts are playing well. According to our friends at NHL Stats and Information, the Rangers lead the NHL in goals by players 21 years old or younger with 28 and points by players 21 years old or younger with 78. The includes players like Filip Chytil, who has tallied 11 goals this season in 35 games.  This matches his total from last season in 75 games. He ranks third among NHL players 20 years old or younger in goals this season.

Even in last night’s loss, the Rangers’ two goals had been recorded by a player 21 years old or younger. In addition, Rangers’ players 21 years old or younger have recorded four of the team’s five points in that game (Chytil – two; Howden – one; Lindgren – one). Twenty-one-year-old Brett Howden has tallied six goals this season in 44 games, matching his total from the 66 games he played last season. There is a lot more, but you get the point. This is a good and improving young team, even if it may not be playoff ready.  In reality, the only stinky, disappointing, and crushing loss last night happened in Baltimore.