Rangers sign Reaves to 1-year extension after trade

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The Vegas Golden Knights traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick, the team announced Thursday.

New York quickly signed Reaves to a one-year extension, the club added Saturday.

The deal is worth $1.75 million, according to ESPN's Kevin Weekes. The 34-year-old has one season left on his previous contract with an identical $1.75-million cap hit.

Reaves has a reputation as the league's toughest customer. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound heavyweight appeared in 37 games with the Golden Knights last season, tallying one goal, four assists, and 27 penalty minutes. The latter was low by his standards, but he's typically so feared it can be tough for him to get a fight.

Newly minted Rangers general manager Chris Drury has made a clear effort to add sandpaper to his club in his first offseason at the helm. The team has already brought in checking wingers Barclay Goodrow and Sammy Blais, as well as towering defensemen Patrik Nemeth and Jarred Tinordi.

The Rangers notably got into a line brawl with the Washington Capitals last season after Tom Wilson sucker-punched Pavel Buchnevich and rag-dolled Artemi Panarin.

Wilson and Reaves have fought each other twice before, according to HockeyFights.com. Reaves manhandled Wilson in their last bout in 2014. Wilson wrestled Reaves to the ice in their first tilt in 2013.

The Caps and Rangers are set to meet in the 2021-22 season opener.

Rangers sign Reaves to 1-year extension after trade
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