Official: New York Rangers Acquire Darren Raddysh from Chicago Blackhawks for Peter Holland
Raddysh is a second-year pro defender who will turn 23 at the end of the month. Holland, 28, was set to become a free agent on July 1.
The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Darren Raddysh in exchange for AHL journeyman Peter Holland. Holland, 28, was the Wolf Pack’s leading scorer with 49 points in 52 games played and was set to become a free agent on July 1.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired defenseman Darren Raddysh from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Peter Holland. pic.twitter.com/cRotUNudoG— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 19, 2019
Raddysh will turn 23 on February 28, and is in his second AHL season with the Rockford IceHogs. This season he’s skated in 54 games played and tallied 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists).
Before making the jump to the AHL, the 6’0”, 201-pound Raddysh skated with the Erie Otters of the OHL. In 272 total games he tallied 184 points, 81 of which came in his final season. That season he was named the OHL’s Most Outstanding defenseman and in the playoffs he tallied 8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 22 games which helped the Otters win the OHL championship.
Raddysh went undrafted, and was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a two-year deal with a cap hit of $730,000 on May 21, 2018.
On the surface this is an interesting deal, as the Rangers were able to get a young right handed defender in exchange for a veteran AHL player on an expiring contract. Raddysh appears to be a bit of a late bloomer, and is another defensive prospect to add to the system.
Stay tuned for more details, as Blueshirt Banter will have more of a deep dive on Raddysh in the coming days.