Rangers trade Ryan Reaves to Wild; Rejoining Marc-Andre Fleury

FILE -New York Rangers right wing Ryan Reaves (75) skates the ice in the first period of Game 2...
FILE -New York Rangers right wing Ryan Reaves (75) skates the ice in the first period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Friday, June 3, 2022, in New York. The National Hockey League has taken significant strides in recent years to improve diversity in a sport that has long been predominantly white. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)(John Minchillo | AP)
Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 9:09 AM PST
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The New York Rangers traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday for a 2025 fifth-round pick.

Reaves had been a healthy scratch for eight of the past 12 games for the Rangers. He gives struggling Minnesota some extra muscle and a veteran presence.

“He hadn’t been playing on a regular basis, but for us, I just feel that what Ryan brings as a player, the way he plays his role is elite,” said Wild general manger Bill Guerin. “Just as important as that is he brings a lot of energy. He’s always full of energy. He’s a big personality. I think right now, that’s something our team really needs.”

The 35-year-old is signed through only the rest of this season at a $1.75 million salary cap hit. He has no points and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games of his second season with New York.

Reaves has played in 869 NHL regular-season and playoff games for the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights and Rangers. He was with the Golden Knights during their inaugural season in 2017-18 when the reached the Stanley Cup Final.