The New York Rangers have announced that Ryan Spooner — acquired in last year’s Rick Nash trade — has been traded to Edmonton for 25-year-old former 5th overall pick Ryan Strome.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired Ryan Strome from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Spooner.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 16, 2018
Strome, 25, has skated in 358 career NHL games over parts of six seasons with NYI and EDM, registering 59 goals and 103 assists for 162 points, along with 170 penalty minutes. pic.twitter.com/5m7IR8uD5b
Strome has skated in 18 games with Edmonton this year posting just two points. That said, Edmonton is a mess so there’s a lot to unpack there.
Spooner was off to a horrendous start to the year, and the Rangers probably saw Strome — who scored 50 points for the Islanders in 2014-2015 — as a reclamation project they could work with. This doesn’t do much to shake up the logjam of forwards in New York, but I would have to assume there’s more coming as we go along this year.
The Rangers absorb Strome’s $3.1 million cap hit and have retained $900,000 of Spooner’s $4 million, so there are no changes to the Rangers’ cap situation after the trade.
The New York #Rangers have retained $900k of Spooner's contract as per @FriedgeHNIC. This reduces his cap hit from $4M to $3.1M, which is equivalent to Strome's cap hit of $3.1M— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) November 16, 2018
This effectively results in no cap change for either team. https://t.co/3V5JDxgmrC