The trade deadline less than a week away and the New York Rangers are open for business moving Peter Holland.
The New York Rangers have traded Peter Holland to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Darren Raddysh.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired defenseman Darren Raddysh from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Peter Holland. pic.twitter.com/cRotUNudoG
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 19, 2019
Raddysh, 22, has skated in 54 games with the Blackhawks American Hockey League team, the Ice Hogs, this season. He’s yet to skate in an NHL game.
Over the last two seasons in the AHL, the right-handed defenseman has scored 48 points (13-35) in 120 games. He was an undrafted free agent who joined the Blackhawks organization back in 2017.
For Holland, he had a brief stint with the Rangers during the 2017-18 season where he took over as the team’s primary fourth line center for Boo Nieves under Alain Vigneault. He appeared in 23 games for the Blueshirts last season scoring one goal and three assists.
Holland led the Hartford Wolf Pack in scoring this season with 20 goals and 29 assists, 49 points, and will give Chicago depth down the middle as they look to make a playoff push sitting just three points behind the eight seed in the West.
While the deal is nothing short of a minor league deal, the Rangers are able to get another young asset for a player who is not going to have an impact on their roster in future. They were able to do the same a year ago when they moved Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins and received Rob O’Gara in return.
Look for Raddysh to report directly to Hartford, but with the upcoming trade deadline, there is always a chance he will be on the NHL roster at some point in time.
The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. ET.