On day one of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, PA, the New York Rangers gave pause for thought to their fans. The organization took part in a three-way trade that saw Derek Dorsett go to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third round draft pick. This pick originally belonged to the Anaheim Ducks, who made headlines by obtaining center Ryan Kesler via trade.
Originally, Derek Dorsett was a seventh round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. After four and a half seasons, he was traded to New York that included forward Derick Brassard, defenseman John Moore, and a draft pick. In exchange, the Blue Jackets obtained sniper Marian Gaborik and two other prospects.
In two seasons with the Blueshirts, he played 51 games, scoring four goals and 4 assists. He missed 31 games of the 2013-2014 season due to a lower body injury (fibiula). He played in 34 post season games for the Rangers, amassing two points throughout his time.
Derek Dorsett was a key contributor to the success of the fourth line. Some fans compared him to Sean Avery, but not as penalizing on the ice. He did not have any antics, such as waving his stick in front of goalie Martin Brodeur. However, he was able to get under the skin of his opponents. There was no doubting his work ethic and will to win. Though he was not an offensive threat, his play away from the puck garnered him attention. He played aggressive and with heart.
The move of Derek Dorsett caught many fans by surprise. It seemed the social-media talk centered around Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman, and Dominic Moore. This move was unexpected. However, it appeared to be more of a financial move. Dorsett was entering the last year of his contract in 2014-2015. At seasons end, he would be an unrestricted free agent. His annual salary was 1.63 million dollars. With the NHL and NHLPA agreeing to next year’s cap of 69 million dollars, the Rangers needed all the money they could get, if they had any chance of signing key personnel this offseason.
This move does open roster opportunities for prospects and veterans, namely Daniel Carcillo. However, things can change in an instant. The obvious move is not always a sure-thing.
In this year’s NHL Entry Draft, the Rangers have a second round pick (59th overall), two third round picks (85th from ANH and 89th overall), fourth round pick (119th overall) and a fifth round pick (122nd from FLA). The second round will resume Saturday morning at 10:00 am EST on the NHL Network.