New York Rangers: An update on the departed

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 18: Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates with Vitali Kravtsov #74 after Kravtsov's third period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 18, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. New York defeated Chicago 7-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 18: Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates with Vitali Kravtsov #74 after Kravtsov's third period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 18, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. New York defeated Chicago 7-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 5
Next
TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 11: Dryden Hunt #29 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against Mikhail Sergachev #98 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on June 11, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 11: Dryden Hunt #29 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against Mikhail Sergachev #98 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on June 11, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Dryden Hunt

New York Rangers:   3 games, 1 goal, 1 point, 11 hits, 8:49 ATOI
Colorado Avalanche:  25 games, 1 goal, 1 point, 58 hits,  7:51 ATOI
Toronto Maple Leafs: 9 games, 1 goal, 1 point, 31 hits,  8:26 ATOI

Claimed on waivers by Colorado after only three games with the Rangers, Dryden Hunt helped filled out an Avalanche roster decimated by injuries.  When they got healthy, they swapped him with the Maple Leafs for center Denis Malgin.  After a cup of coffee in Toronto he was sent to the Calgary Flames for Radim Zahorna.  He was immediately sent to the AHL where he is currently playing.

Hunt has scored one goal for each of his three NHL teams this season and has made his mark with his physical play, the reason most coaches are enamored of him.  But despite that fact, his lack of offensive production that dogged him in New York has continued and he remains a marginal NHL player.

The fact is that Hunt was signed as a UFA for the NHL minimum and he helped fill out the Rangers roster.  He cost next to nothing and the Rangers got nothing in return for him.

Our last of “the departed” is a player who had a lot of fans among the Blueshirts Faithful, but that was based on glimpses of size, speed, and skill and not on results.