The off-season has officially begun for the Rangers, as GM Glen Sather pulled the trigger on the organization’s first personel move of the summer, acquiring defenseman Tim Erixon and and fifth-round pick from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Roman Horak and two second-round picks in this summer’s draft.
Erixon, drafted by the Flames (23rd overall), has spent the last two seasons playing for Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League. In 2010-11, he recorded five goals and 24 points in 48 games.
“Tim is an outstanding young defenseman with good size and mobility,” said Sather in a release. “He plays a complete, all-around game, and we feel his is an excellent addition to our developing, young defense corps.”
Erixon will join a very young, talented defensive group the Rangers have stockpiled over the last few summers through the draft and trades. He should join the likes of Dylan McIlrath and Pavel Valentenko in the AHL next season, if none make the team out of camp.
Horak, a former fifth-round pick of the Rangers in 2009, was signed to an entry-level contract on May 11. He was 26-52-78 for the Chilliwack Bruins last season.
Erixon is the son of former Rangers player Jan Erixon.