This week, the New York Rangers traded fourth-line winger Derek Dorsett to the Vancouver Canucks for a third-round pick in the NHL Draft. Dorsett played in 51 of the Rangers’ 82 regular season games this season and recorded four goals and four assists, which is not too shabby for a fourth liner.
So if Dorsett had an overall effective season for the Rangers, why did they decide to trade him for a third-round pick?
Well unfortunately, since Dorsett makes over $1.5 million per season (which is a little high for a fourth-line player, especially one that does not even play in every game) and since the Rangers only had four picks in the draft before the Dorsett trade, picking up an extra pick in the draft and shedding his salary was deemed necessary by GM Glen Sather.
It’s also no coincidence that the trade was announced not long before the NHL announced that the original projected salary cap of $71 million will instead be revised to $69 million. GMs likely got wind of the decision ahead of its announcement, and Sather acted accordingly.
The Rangers will miss Dorsett’s strength, tenacity, toughness, underrated speed, and very occasional goal-scoring, but he can be replaced for less than $1.5 million per year. This trade pretty much ensures that the Rangers will re-sign enforcer Daniel Carcillo, who replaced Dorsett on many occasions and provided the Rangers with some much-needed energy, for $1 million, since he made even less than that last season.
Overall, Dorsett will be missed but the trade had to be made for the good of the team.
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