7/30/21 | 2:21PM: The Rangers have also signed Reaves to a one-year extension around his current cap hit of $1.75 million. (Friedman)
7/29/21 | 10:06PM: The Rangers have acquired Ryan Reaves from Vegas for a third-round pick in 2022.
Reaves, 34, played under Gerard Gallant in Vegas. He is in the final-year of a two-year deal and has a cap hit of $1.75 million.
Reaves has played 686 career games, with St. Louis, Vegas and Pittsburgh, and has 2,322 career hits, 49 career goals, 52 career assists and an average of 8:37 per game.
He’s played in 84 career playoff games and had a total of 363 hits, 3 goals, 5 assists and an average of 8:32 per game.
Adam Rotter: More hitting, more physicality and another player with a long history with….Tom Wilson. Because of Gallant, and because of their lack of physicality and toughness, Reaves had been connected to the Rangers, but I figured that had passed after they acquired Blais, added Patrik Nemeth, Jarred Tinordi and Dryden Hunt. Instead they add one of the last true instigator/enforcers and part with a third-round pick to do it. It’s not as if the Rangers need that third-round pick, but it probably could have been used as part of a package to get someone who could play a bigger role than Reaves. Acquiring Reaves though probably scuttles my prediction that Tinordi would be in the opening night lineup against Washington. Reaves will be there and will go after Wilson the first moment they are on the ice together.
It really does seem like the Rangers are trying to overcorrect their lack of physicality and toughness from the last few years. They became harder to play against and more physical with Barclay Goodrow, Blais and Nemeth all slated to be regulars and Reaves just seems excessive. In any event the Rangers now have another player with size and experience that can go head to head with guys like Wilson, the players on the Isles and the rest of the tough players in the division. Is he necessary, probably not, but he’s here. I’d like to say that he will be the last physical-first type of player the Rangers are going to acquire this summer but I can’t.