After trading for defender Justin Braun earlier in the day, the New York Rangers have reportedly made another, albeit smaller, move. Pending the official trade call, the Rangers are sending defenseman Anthony Bitetto out west to San Jose in exchange for forward Nick Merkley.
This is for Sharks forward Nick Merkley, per a source. https://t.co/vPNFVQWdad— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) March 21, 2022
Merkely has spent most of this season in the AHL with the San Jose Barracudas where he scored 11 goals and 36 points in 43 games, he has also appeared in 9 games for the Sharks tallying a goal and three points. While Bitetto played 14 games last season with the New York Rangers, he has played the entire season in Hartford putting up 4 goals and 15 point in 39 games.
Merkely adds some offensive depth to the Wolf Pack and can serve as a short-term 4th line call up in need be in exchange for a defender that was not going to see any NHL action this season.