The Vancouver Canucks have dealt the 85th overall pick they received from Anaheim to the New York Rangers for winger Derek Dorsett.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the third trade of a very busy afternoon for Canucks GM Jim Benning, he adds an experienced, gritty forward in Dorsett.
The 27-year-old is a physical agitator who can play any forward position. He played a regular shift in every playoff game for the Rangers this spring, so he has more value than just his willingness to drop the gloves. Dorsett has a year remaining on his current deal at $1.63 million.
As for the Rangers, this is an obvious salary dump, freeing up some more space to re-sign or replace some key players, including Mats Zuccarello, Anton Stralman, Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard.