Coyotes acquire Stepan from Rangers

Coyotes acquire Stepan from Rangers”

The Rangers on Friday traded center Derek Stepan and backup goaltender Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and Arizona's No. 7 overall pick in Friday's draft.

"I don't think we are an old team, but we're a little bit in transition right now, so I tried to go and change our team up a little bit", Gorton said at the team's hotel in Chicago. Some of who the Coyotes hope to be huge parts of their team going forward are still in their youth, like 22-year-old Max Domi, 21-year-old Christian Dvorak and 19-year-old Jakob Chychrun. "You put all those things together, that's the biggest reason why (to make the trade)". "He's an elite player and one of the NHL's top defenseman".

Stepan joins the Coyotes with four years remaining on a contract that pays him $6.5 million per season.

Stepan, a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, scored a hat trick in his National Hockey League debut and went on to record 50 points or more in five of his seven National Hockey League seasons, totaling 360 points in 515 regular-season games. NY has to replace longtime defenseman Daniel Girardi, who the team recently bought out. If he's can't, the Coyotes have the luxury of sending him to Tucson for some low-pressure pro experience, just as they did last season with Brendan Perlini. The 27-year-old played in 81 games for NY last campaign, tying a career high with 55 points on 17 goals and 38 assists.

And while it's known that the Coyotes have been embroiled in arena drama and ownership shakeups, there are a lot of positives for Stepan to look forward to in Phoenix. It also creates valuable cap space for the Blackhawks.

Chayka said there are still opportunities to add to the roster on Saturday's second day of the draft, but with the pieces now in place, here is what the depth chart looks like for Arizona. In his rookie campaign for the Coyotes, the 5-foot-11, 183-pound blueliner had five goals, nine assists and was a plus-13 in 39 games.

The Rangers also have the 21st overall pick. They haven't had a first-round pick since 2012 when they selected Brady Skjei.

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