After sending Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets earlier this evening, the New York Rangers continued wheeling and dealing, and completed their third move of the day. According to Darren Dreger, the Rangers added bottom-six forward James Sheppard to the mix, and sent a 2016 4th-round pick back to the San Jose Sharks.
In addition to the move, Pierre LeBrun also mentions that San Jose is retaining $100,000 of Sheppard's salary to help the Rangers salary cap situation. Before the retention, Sheppard was earning $1.3 million, and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.
This move obviously brings in Stempniak's replacement, and provides the Rangers with more of a shutdown guy for the bottom-six. He won't produce as much offensively as Stempniak did, but he has the ability to chip in here and there.
To get a better read on what the Rangers are getting, take a look at what our friends over at Fear The Fin had to say about Sheppard.
@RangerSmurf Possession-driving winger with good speed and puck protection skills. Can't really contribute offensively. Struggled at center.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) March 2, 2015
@RangerSmurf But did improve at center this season compared to late last year, when they first tried him there. Honestly a good b6 guy.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) March 2, 2015
It is unknown if Glen Sather has anymore moves up his sleeve, but so far, this has been a solid deadline for the New York Rangers.