The Ranger and Oilers swapped young forwards named Ryan on Friday as New York acquired 25-year-old Ryan Strome in exchange for a 26-year-old Ryan Spooner.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired Ryan Strome from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Spooner.
Strome, 25, has skated in 358 career NHL games over parts of six seasons with NYI and EDM, registering 59 goals and 103 assists for 162 points, along with 170 penalty minutes. pic.twitter.com/5m7IR8uD5b
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 16, 2018
Strome, once a top-five pick of the Islanders, has one goal and one assist in 18 games this season. His underwhelming stats go back to last season when he had only 13 goals and 21 assists in his first, and only, full season with Edmonton.
Spooner heads to Edmonton going through a similarly bland season as Strome with only two points of his own (one goal, one assist).
Both teams hope a change of scenery can ignite both players.
The Rangers will retain $900,000 of Spooner’s $4.1 million contract to reduces his cap hit to $3.1 million — equal to Strome’s.