The NHL trade deadline has passed, but the Rangers got a deal done with the Hurricanes just in time.
Brady Skjei is headed to Carolina in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, team president John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton confirmed after the 3 p.m. deadline on Monday. Gorton said the NHL is obviously backed up trade processing at the moment, but the deal is set to go through soon.
The Hurricanes have Toronto's first-round pick in addition to their own, and will have the option of choosing which pick to send to the Rangers when the season is over.
Jeff Gorton and John Davidson confirm that the Rangers have traded Brady Skjei to the Carolina Hurricanes: pic.twitter.com/XbmwWGEECf- Rangers Videos (@SNYRangers) February 24, 2020
TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported earlier that the Rangers and Hurricanes were working on a deal involving Skjei. However, Carolina was having some issues with cap room, so the talks are still ongoing.
Turning 26 next month, Skjei is the Rangers' first-line left defenseman and is under control until 2024 when his six-year, $31.5 million contract he signed before last season expires.
Skjei, the Rangers' first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has spent the past four seasons as a full-timer with the Blueshirts. He has 112 points (25 goals, 87 assists) in 307 regular-season games.
The Rangers have already been active on Monday, when they announced a seven-year extension with LW Chris Kreider reportedly worth $6.5 million.