Fantasy Impact: The Rangers have traded for defenseman Bryan McCabe. They sent winger Tim Kennedy and a draft pick to Florida in return.


The Rangers get: A veteran defenseman capable of playing on the first PP unit. McCabe still has a great shot and he moves the puck well. His defensive game has never been as bad as advertised, but he has lost a step or two over the past few seasons.


The Panthers get: A young winger with decent offensive upside. Kennedy had no future with the Rangers, but you can bet Florida will want to see what they have in him (it sounds like they will try and sneak him through on re-entry waivers from the AHL).


Fantasy Players Impacted:

McCabe immediately becomes the PP defenseman the Rangers will build around for the short term. Matt Gilroy is definitely on the trading block now, if he wasn't already. Hours after the trade the Rangers sent down the struggling Michael Del Zotto to the AHL.


Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. McCabe

2. Kennedy

3. McDonagh (long-term)

4. Rangers PP unit

5. Dmitri Kulikov


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Del Zotto

2. Gilroy


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paul said:

... as I have been saying on this site since the original posting that NY was a buyer at the deadline... I don't think the NYR need another defenseman but for a 3rd rounder and a guy in Kennedy they weren't using ?
not too shabby actually
with Del Zotto going back to the AHL to get some top pairing minutes this was a low cost upgrade that hopefully with propel NY into the playoffs after missing it last year by a whisker last game loss to the fly boys.
I guess Sather thought that with the extra 2nd rounder he had from the Sanguinetti trade he could afford to pay a 3rd for an experienced blueline who can hopefully anchor the powerplay.
Remember NY prior to this deal was the youngest blueline in the NY yet was top 10 rated.
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February 26, 2011
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