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Why Vegas traded Ryan Reaves to the Rangers

7/30/21 | Vegas GM Kelly McCrimmon spoke on Friday about trading Ryan Reaves to the Rangers and said (Vince Sapienza):

“This was the culmination of different discussions I had with Ryan over the past few days in terms of what might make the most sense for him in the future, what might make the most sense for where we are with our team, and the number of forwards we have.”


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“I think this was a pretty good outcome, I believe there is a real good chance that Ryan could get extended in NY for next year which was important to him, important to me that he has that opportunity. New York has shown a lot of interest in him for an extended period of time and we weren’t comfortable that we could make that move. It was pushed off and pushed off and as time went on, from the hockey club’s perspective we thought that maybe it was a discussion that was worth having and we did that and the outcome was a trade.”

It was reported earlier today that Reaves is expected to sign a one-year extension with the Rangers at around his current cap hit of $1.75 million.

In a statement as part of Vegas’ trade release, McCrimmon said “Ryan and I spoke about his future here in Vegas and his playing career beyond the upcoming season, which is the final year of his current contract. Ryan and I go back a long ways to our Brandon days. His toughness, character and unique skill set will be missed here at the Golden Knights and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward. I am proud of the man he has become.”

Reaves was traded to Vegas, after a brief stay in Pittsburgh, in 2018.

Vegas’ GM at the time, and current President, George McPhee said of Reaves “the tough guys in this league, many of them have been ruled obsolete and they can’t play, but this guy can play.”