Tampa Bay is signing former Ranger Tyler Motte to a one-year deal worth $800,000. (Johnston)
Motte reportedly recently changed agents and had been looking for a bigger contract. (Dhaliwal)
The Rangers have acquired Tyler Motte from Ottawa in exchange for Julien Gauthier and a conditional seventh round pick.
The conditions for the pick that if the Rangers advance past the first round of the playoffs then Ottawa will get the “lower” of the Rangers or Jets 2023 Sixth round pick.
He has three goals and six assists in 38 games for Ottawa this season.
Motte signed a one-year deal worth $1.35 million with Ottawa last summer after remaining unsigned through the offseason.
The Rangers acquired Tyler Motte at the trade deadline from Vancouver for a fourth-round pick in 2023.
Motte played in 9 regular season gamesa and 15 playoff games for the Rangers, scoring two goals and averaging 12:33 per game in the regular season and 12:04 in the playoffs.
He spoke about his future last week and said (NYR)
The Athletic projects Motte’s next contract as $2.9 million per season for four years.
He ranked 31st on Daily Faceoffs list of top free agents.
Adam Rotter: Motte was very impressive as a fourth liner with his speed, penalty killing and defensive ability. He was always noticeable on the ice and I’m sure the Rangers are not the only team that took notice during the playoffs. He would be a big piece to bring back, but I don’t know if the Rangers will have the space to accommodate him.
You can get into salary cap trouble real fast by spending too much in your bottom-six/fourth line and the Rangers already have Barclay Goodrow at $3.64 million and Ryan Reaves at $1.75 million. I don’t know if Motte will get close to that projection of $3 million, but something just over $2 million for a few years seems more likely. I don’t know if the Rangers have the room for that based upon the roster they still need to construct this year and the next few years until the salary cap starts going up. I think it could be more likely that Motte signs elsewhere and the Rangers acquire another Motte-type player at the deadline next year.
The Rangers are saying that Tyler Motte suffered a “significant” upper-body injury in the third period of last night’s win over the Penguins. (Staple)
Motte was hit by Anthony Angello and left the game with 7:23 left in the third period.
The Rangers say that there is no timetable for his return. (Staple)
2:56PM: The Rangers have also acquired forward Tyler Motte from Vancouver for a 2023 4th round pick. (Seravalli)
Motte, 27, is a pending UFA and has seven goals and eight assists this season in 49 games.
He is 5-10, 192 and is averaging 14:17 per game.
Ryan Callahan said on ESPN that Motte plays a “gritty, in your-face style” and fits into the Rangers bottom-six.