The Golden Knights locker room and bench will be much quieter next season.
The Knights traded brash and boisterous right-winger Ryan Reaves to the New York Rangers for a third-round pick in 2022, the team announced Thursday. The move reunites Reaves with former Knights coach Gerard Gallant in New York.
The 34-year-old murderer became one of the team’s most popular players after being traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 23, 2018, when he played exclusively on the fourth line. Reaves’ trashy speech, huge successes, and community involvement earned him plenty of fans despite his more limited offensive production.
He scored one of the most important goals in Knights history, scoring the series-winning goal in the 2018 Western Conference Final. He also scored in the opening game of the 2018 Western Conference Final. the 2018 Stanley Cup.
“(Reaves) ‘s tenacity, character and unique skills will be missed by the Golden Knights and we wish him and his family the best for the future,” said general manager Kelly McCrimmon, who coached Reaves. with his junior team, the Brandon. Kings of wheat. “I am proud of the man he has become.
Reaves has 42 points in 209 games with the Knights. He recorded 837 hits in his time with the team, 107 more than the closest player.
Reaves’ role began to wane with the end of the past playoffs. He has been eliminated in good health in four of the Knights’ last eight games, including the last three.
Reaves still had a year on his contract with a cap of $ 1.75 million. The Knights have $ 37,439 above the upper limit after the move and must re-sign restricted free agent center Nolan Patrick.