The New York Rangers announced they have acquired veteran defenseman Bryan McCabe from the Florida Panthers for Tim Kennedy and a third-round pick.
Glen Sather has once again preformed one of his magician tricks via trade it seems. As poorly as McCabe might be performing this year, scoring only five goals with 17 assists, a player of his caliber is a steal for what Sather gave up.
McCabe, 35, will join the Rangers’ blueline in an effort to bolster their offensive production–especially on the power play.
Despite a recent increase in success, including two conversions on four opportunities in the 6-0 victory of the Capitals last night, the Rangers’ power play has been something they’ve struggled mightily with all season. Currently sitting 21st in the NHL with a 16.9% success rate, McCabe will almost instantly help the Rangers with the man advantage.
The Rangers have toyed with several options at the quarterback position on the power play this season, with Wojtek Wolski, Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan even getting their fair crack at it.
Adding McCabe will not only help the power play, but he will also provide veteran leadership to an extremely young Rangers’ blueline. Since trading Michal Rozsival to the Coyotes earlier in the year, the Rangers were left with a very youthful defensive corps.
McCabe, who is in the final year of his contract which pays him $5.75 million this season, will be an UFA this summer.
According to Rangers beat reporters Steve Zipay and Andrew Gross, the AHL has announced Michael Del Zotto has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale to make room for McCabe on the Rangers’ roster.
Del Zotto has been marred in an awful sophomore slump for the nearly the entire season. This will be Del Zotto’s second stint with the Whale this season. Once No. 1 defenseman Marc Staal returns from injury, most likely Steve Eminger or Matt Gilroy will take a seat with McCabe now joining the blueline corps.