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Rangers get Andrew Copp, Tyler Motte at NHL trade deadline

It depended on the wire, but Rangers delivered the serve they expected.

President and general manager Chris Drury kept his blue-chip trade assets close to his chest as Monday’s NHL trade deadline ebbed and flowed, giving up a handful of draft picks the organization doesn’t need while he serves the Rangers on both sides of the NHL strengthened Puck.

Rangers brought in two forwards to bolster the bottom six in Andrew Copp and Tyler Motte and also added Justin Braun to defense, according to multiple reports Monday. All three players are considered loan players.

The Rangers also traded defenseman Anthony Bitetto, who spent the 2021-22 season at AHL Hartford, to the Sharks for AHL winger Nick Merkley, The Post confirmed.

The Rangers took over Jets forward Andrew Copp at the close of NHL trading.
The Rangers took over Jets forward Andrew Copp at the close of NHL trading.
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In their first move of the day, Rangers acquired Braun from the Flyers in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick. The 35-year-old blue liner is a 100-playoff-game veteran and can play at left or right, giving Rangers some flexibility gives.

After playing top-pair minutes in Philadelphia, Braun will likely step into third pair alongside Patrik Nemeth or Braden Schneider. In 61 games this season, Braun has recorded five goals and eleven assists.

Braun is a pending unrestricted free agent with a $1.8 million cap hit.

The Rangers took over Canucks forward Tyler Motte at the close of NHL trading.
The Rangers took over Canucks forward Tyler Motte at the close of NHL trading.
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To bolster the forward line, the Rangers sent a Fourth-Kundler for Motte to the Canucks in 2023. The 27-year-old, known as a defensive player, is also employed by UFA. With a $1.225 million cap hit, Motte should be an effective addition to the Rangers forecheck.

Copp is also being piped to New York by the Jets in a trade. It’s unclear what Winnipeg’s return will look like for the versatile forward, but it looks like more picks and a prospect from Rangers.

With his one-year, $3.64 million contract expiring this offseason, Copp is another low-risk addition to Rangers. The 27-year-old has been in charge of defense in the past but he is primarily an offensive weapon that can add some hits to the bottom six.

In addition to being able to play in all situations, Copp is a high-energy player who has a knack for finding the back of the net when switching.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/21/rangers-get-andrew-copp-tyler-motte-at-nhl-trade-deadline/ Rangers get Andrew Copp, Tyler Motte at NHL trade deadline

JOE HERNANDEZ

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