7:10PM: The Rangers have officially announced the trade as:
- To Carolina: Brady Skjei
- To NYR: 2020 1st Round Pick, “The later selection of the two first-round picks that the Hurricanes own (either Carolina’s own first-round pick or Toronto’s first-round pick).”
The Hurricanes noted in their press release, “If the Hurricanes have more than one first-round selection, the latest first-round pick will be the one that transfers to New York.”
In their release they said of Skjei, “Brady is a big defenseman who checks all the boxes. He’s an excellent skater, he’s competitive, he can move the puck and he can defend. He’s under contract through the 2023-24 season, so this is another acquisition that helps us immediately and in the long-term.”
3:11PM: Brady Skjei has been traded to Carolina for a first-round pick. (TSN)
Adam Rotter: As of now, before the deal is announced and we know for sure what the Rangers got back, it seems like a straight up salary dump by the Rangers. That isn’t good or bad, it’s just a straight up way for the Rangers to open up money to re-sign or acquire new players this summer. Skjei is signed long-term and is still young, so you’d think he could fetch more than a first round pick, and maybe he could have, but if the main goal was to clear space by moving Skjei, then they accomplished that and acquired a first-round pick as well. Trading Skjei within the division and only getting a first-round pick, for someone you will play four-times a year for years to come, also seems odd and a little underwhelming.
The actual trading of Skjei isn’t entirely surprising, though I thought it was more likely he’d be dealt in the summer than today. He has been consistently inconsistent in his time with the Rangers and never took that next step to fill the void left by Ryan McDonagh. He’s good enough that he could have stayed to be part of the rebuild, but with how Ryan Lindgren has established himself, Libor Hajek in Hartford and K’Andre Miller, and others, on the way, he was the logical defenseman to be traded.
2:24PM: Larry Brooks tweets that Skjei “could be in play” and that the Hurricanes have been “sniffing around” him.
1:42PM: Darren Dreger notes that a first-round pick from Carolina is believed to be part of the trade discussions though the Canes cap issues are “complicating things.”
Carolina has two first-round picks this year, their own and Toronto’s.
1:34PM: Pierre LeBrun tweets that the Rangers and Hurricanes have been discussing a potential Brady Skjei trade.
LeBrun notes though that Carolina has cap issues “so not clear where this goes.” (LeBrun)
The Rangers and Hurricanes made a trade last week when the Rangers acquired Julien Gauthier for Joey Keane.
Skjei, 25, has four-more years on his contract after this season with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
As of right now, Carolina only has $2.69 million of cap space.
Carolina acquired forward Vincent Trocheck this morning from Florida.