The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they’ve acquired New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. That draft pick, 85th overall, was acquired by the Canucks today in part of a deal that sent center Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks.
Dorsett, drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006, was traded to the Rangers along with a few other pieces for Marian Gaborik last year. The 27-year-old had four goals and 128 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games. In 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Dorsett had one assist and 19 penalty minutes.
His role on the Rangers was simple: be what Sean Avery was without the off-the-ice distraction. Dorsett isn’t a top nine talent, but he knows his role in the NHL as a guy who will get under your skin and make you mentally unstable. One of his most recent fights was in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Brandon Prust, a former Ranger.
The trade was completed for multiple reasons. For the Rangers, they needed to make some cap room to sign nearly half of their team. Dorsett is currently making $2 million a year, and he was unlikely to get more ice time than he was already receiving. Along with that, the Rangers have a lack of draft picks (most notably in the first round), so turning Dorsett around for a pick was the best Glen Sather could do. Vancouver acquires a player who isn’t afraid to get down and dirty, which is something the Canucks lacked this past season, even with known hothead John Tortorella.