After starting the day off with a bang by announcing a deal that brought Eric Staal to New York, the Rangers decided to end the night with a whimper. The organization announced at 10 PM that they had acquired forward Chris Brown from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Ryan Bourque.
Brown is a 25 year old forward listed as both a center and a right winger who has played 23 games in the NHL since 2012-2013. The former 2nd-round pick of the (then Phoenix, now Arizona) Coyotes has 2 goals and 1 assist in his NHL career, none of which have come this year. In 20 games for the Hershey Bears in the AHL this year, he has tallied 3 goals and 6 assists.
Ryan Bourque, also 25, was never quite able to bring it all together during his time in the New York Rangers organization. He played in one game for the Rangers this season, his only regular season experience of his career. A former third-round pick, Bourque has 10 goals and 14 assists in 55 games in Hartford of the AHL this season.
The Rangers continue to add forward depth, particularly down the middle, as the deadline imminently approaches and the team races for the playoffs.
Head-scratcher? Nonsense? Steal? Crime against humanity? Let us know in the comments.