Ryan Reaves traded to Minnesota Wild
Ricky Gray | November 25, 2022
A 2025 fifth-round pick was sent to the NY Rangers in exchange.
While Ryan Reaves has always been an enforcer on the ice, he’s been dealing with several health concerns that have kept him out of the game at times.
This is likely the reason for the New York Rangers trading him to the Minnesota Wild for a fifth-round pick in 2025.
The good news is if he can get healthy, the Wild will pick up a seasoned veteran that has the ability to provide the team with some extra muscle and support.
Wild General Manger Bill Guerin commented: “He hadn't been playing on a regular basis, but for us, I just feel that what Ryan brings as a player, the way he plays his role is elite.
“Just as important as that is he brings a lot of energy. He's always full of energy. He's a big personality. I think right now, that's something our team really needs.”
He only has a $1.75m salary cap hit but could be exactly what the team needs even in a limited capacity.
One problem is he has no points and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games of his second season with New York.
Reaves has 869 NHL regular-season and playoff games under his belt for the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights and Rangers.
He was a big part of the Golden Knights 2017-18 run to the Stanley Cup Final. Although the team lost, it was their inaugural season, so it was still an impressive feat.
Perhaps his energy and leadership in the locker room can provide the Minnesota Wild with a similar outcome.