The Rangers have traded Swedish center and pending UFA Gustav Rydahl, 28, to Colorado for pending UFA and Swedish winger Anton Blidh, 27. (Avs)
The Rangers have also acquired 25-year old defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk from the Canucks for future considerations. (NYR)
Blidh has 84 career NHL games, scoring 4 goals and 8 assists.
He has played 14 games with Colorado this season, with no points and a minus-two rating, and 36 games in the AHL with six goals and six assists.
Blidh was a sixth-round pick of Boston in 2013 and played 32 games for Boston last season.
From the Rangers:
- Kalynuk, 25, has spent his 2022-23 season with the Abbotsford Canucks of the AHL, tallying four goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 46 games and a plus-5 rating.
- The Brandon, Manitoba native has played in 26 career NHL games, all with the Chicago Blackhawks, tallying four goals and five assists for nine points. With the Blackhawks’ AHL club, Rockford, he recorded 37 points (9G-28A) in 60 games across two seasons.
- Prior to going pro, Kalynuk played three seasons at the University of Wisconsin, where he was team captain his junior season and was a first team All-Big Ten honoree.
- Kalynuk was originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the seventh round, 196th overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft.
Kalynuk is an RFA after the season.
Adam Rotter: Depth moves, AHL moves for the Rangers, though getting Kalynuk from Vancouver for future considerations sort of makes you think that it was something leftover from the Vitali Kravtsov deal.
If either of those two guys end up in the lineup for the Rangers it’s either because they became dominant players that forced their way into the lineup or because something has gone terribly wrong.
Rydahl had a nice training camp and seemed like he would get a shot on the fourth line at some point, but it never happened. It wouldn’t be a shock if he returned to Sweden next season.