The Vancouver Canucks have made a trade shortly before the noon deadline.
Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff was first to report that Tyler Motte has been traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round pick.
Motte was set to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Sure, a 2023 fourth round pick is an underwhelming return but remember, Motte is a fourth liner with 15 points. At least they got a draft pick for him instead of letting him walk in the summer for nothing.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie,(Now known as Bobby Margarita.) the Canucks are done for the day.
So no big moves by Vancouver before the deadline. The big moves could come in the offseason which will be another interesting one.
Motte was first acquired by the Canucks at the 2018 trade deadline along with Jussi Jokinen for Thomas Vanek. He has played 196 games with the Canucks scoring 28 goals and managing 22 assists.
Motte provides speed and energy on the fourth line and can help out on the penalty kill. This time, he will provide that for the Rangers who are looking to make some noise in the playoffs. Motte’s best moments with the Canucks are probably the effort he put against the St. Louis Blues in the bubble and his between the legs goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this year.
Motte has also been an advocate for mental health and has been open with his own struggles.
The 27-year-old began his career with the Chicago Blackhawks after being drafted by them in the fifth-round in 2013 and a solid career with the NCAA’s Michigan Wolverines. He was also part of the trade that sent Artemi Panarin to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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