Ryan Strome
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The New York Rangers have traded center Ryan Spooner to the Edmonton Oilers for 25-year-old center and former Islander, Ryan Strome.

Frank Curto

New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton announced, on Friday afternoon, that they have traded center Ryan Spooner to the Edmonton Oilers for center Ryan Strome.

Strome, 25, has appeared in 358 NHL games for the New York Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers. The center has recorded 59 goals with 103 assists for 162 points along with 170 penalty minutes. He has appeared in all 18 games for the Edmonton Oilers scoring one goal with two points and 14 penalty minutes.

Strome has also appeared in 15-career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording three goals with eight points. He was a having a difficult time this season producing in Edmonton following back to back 13 goals seasons with 30 and 34 points in those two seasons, respectively.

Strome was originally drafted by the Isles in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Ryan Spooner appeared in 36 games with the Rangers over parts of the last two seasons. The center registered five goals and 13 assists for 18 points with the Blueshirts. He was acquired by the Rangers along with Matt Beleskey and Ryan Lindgren and Boston’s first-round draft pick in 2018 for Rick Nash in a trade with the Boston Bruins on Feb. 25, 2018.

Spooner was the Boston Bruins second-round pick (45th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Ryan Strome comes with a $3.1 million cap hit. Spooner brings Edmonton a $4 million hit. The Rangers will be keeping some of Spooner’s salary ($900,00 per Elliotte Friedman) to make the trade complete.


Strome has this season and next season remaining on his contract and he will be a restricted free agent at the end of next season.

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