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Wild acquire physical winger Ryan Reaves in trade with Rangers

All it cost Minnesota was a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft.

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New York Rangers right wing Ryan Reaves, left, fights with Minnesota's Marcus Foligno in the season-opening game for the Wild on Oct. 13, 2022, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, Reaves was traded to the Wild.
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ST. PAUL -- Perhaps in an attempt to get back to their identity, the Minnesota Wild acquired physical winger Ryan Reaves on Wednesday in a trade with Rangers.

All it cost the Wild was a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft as the Rangers were trying to get off his $1.75 million cap hit.

The 35-year-old Reaves has only played in 12 games with the Rangers this season, yet he’s recorded 44 hits and totaled 12 penalty minutes. Never afraid to drop the gloves, Reaves fought winger Marcus Foligno in the Oct. 13 season opener.

Though it’s unclear where the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Reaves will play in the lineup, or when he will make his Wild debut, it’s clear he was brought in to inject some life into the locker room. He’s been a locker room favorite everywhere he’s gone because of his willingness to stand up for teammates. He’s also been a fan favorite everywhere he’s been because of his physical style.

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Originally drafted by the Blues in the 2005 NHL Draft, Reaves has also played for the Golden Knights and Rangers. He had 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 69 games with the Rangers last season. He also ranked third in the NHL with 279 hits.

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