The New York Rangers traded goaltender Antti Raanta and center Derek Stepan to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the Coyotes first round pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft. With the pick, the Rangers selected Swedish center Lias Andersson who played this past season for HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League and plans to play this season for Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League. By going to Frolunda HC, Andersson will join the same organization that his uncle Mikael and father Niklas played for. Mikael and Niklas Andersson also played in the NHL.
The Coyotes improve offensively and defensively in the trade. In Stepan, the Coyotes acquire a consistent playmaker from Hastings, Minnesota. Stepan has recorded 50 points in five of the last six seasons, and in 2012-13 (the year of the lockout), he notched 44 points in 48 games.
Raanta has posted spectacular numbers for the Rangers the last two seasons and the Chicago Blackhawks the two seasons before that. However he has been in a backup role and has played behind teams with spectacular defenses. Raanta will not get the same support this season in Arizona. In 92 career games, Raanta has a record of 47 wins, 23 losses and nine shootout losses with a goals against average of 2.33, save percentage of .917 and eight shutouts. He will be expected to be the number one goaltender for the Coyotes, but could experience a challenge from Chad Johnson, who the Coyotes acquired from the Flames in their trade for Mike Smith.
DeAngelo, a native of Sewell, New Jersey, had five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 39 games. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning but did not play for them as he was traded to the Coyotes on June 25, 2016.