Sep 24, 2011; San Jose, CA, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) passes the puck past San Jose Sharks center Brandon Mashinter (72) during the second period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers Acquire Brandon Mashinter Through Trade

The New York Rangers have traded Tommy Grant and a conditional draft for Brandon Mashinter of the Sharks.

Not a blockbuster trade by any means, but a good depth trade for the Rangers.

Some info on Mashinter. He’s 6’4 235 pounds and apparently has good wheels. He put up 33 points in each of his last two AHL seasons taking part in 62 and 65 contests respectively. In 2009-10 he had 37 points in 79 games.

Not a terrible move by the Rangers to acquire him. He fits the mold of a 4th line NHLer and could maybe take the spot of Rupp or Asham if they get injured.

Even if this is just a move to help improve the Whale, it’s still a good move nonetheless. Tommy Grant was never going to make the Rangers because Mike Rupp is currently occupying that enforcers role on the team. Mashinter at least has a shot of playing in the near future.

It’s not a blockbuster of a trade but it’s the first trade of the year.

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