Rangers Deal Stepan, Raanta To Coyotes For 1st-Round Pick, DeAngelo

The New York Rangers decided to make a move for the 7th overall pick ahead of Friday night's 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Stepan joins the Yotes from NY via a trade Friday that included Antti Raanta in a swap for the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and Anthony DeAngelo.

Stepan was third on the Rangers in scoring with 55 points. The Rangers needed to create more cap space after the National Hockey League announced that the salary cap would remain relatively flat.

Just as important, Stepan has four years left on a contract with a $6.5 million annual salary-cap hit.

Ultimately, the haul of Hjalmarsson, Stepan and Raanta is the next step for a Coyotes franchise in serious need of a successful feel-good season. Raanta was New York's backup goalie and served that role quite well, going 16-8-2 with a 2.26 GAA and a.922 SV% this year. At the very worse, Raanta is a very affordable backup, making $1 million next season.

The trades fill three of the Coyotes biggest holes with respected veterans that have proven track records and winning pedigrees as Arizona seeks to reach the post-season for the first time in six years in 2017-18.

NY also now owns two first-round picks in the 2017 draft at No. 7 and No. 21 and acquires a 21-year-old defenseman in DeAngelo who was a former first-round selection (No. 19 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Arizona also acquired goalie Antti Raanta, while sending the seventh overall pick in the draft and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to the Rangers. With the Rangers, DeAngelo could become a regular for the team.

Stepan, 27, has been at the heart of New York's perennial playoff team since he went pro in 2010. While Kevin Klein who is considering retirement.

  • Julie Sanders