The Rangers created some much-needed cap space on Wednesday by trading veteran defenseman Patrik Nemeth, a 2025 second-round pick and a conditional future pick to the Coyotes for prospect Ty Emberson.
For the conditional future pick, Arizona has the choice of acquiring the Rangers’ own 2024 third-rounder or its own 2026 second-rounder. The trade relieves the Rangers of Nemeth’s $2.5 million cap hit each of the following two seasons. With so many other holes to fill, Nemeth was a logical buyout/trade candidate.
The Rangers traded defenseman Patrik Nemeth to the Coyotes.Getty Images
Nemeth skated in only 63 games with the Rangers this season, recording two goals and five assists. He missed a great chunk of time because of a lingering battle with COVID-19 and other personal reasons, however the 30-year-old Swede was ultimately a healthy scratch for the ultimate 15 games of the season. Nemeth competed within the Rangers’ first five playoff games before Justin Braun took his spot.
The Rangers are spending $5.625 million per 12 months over the following seven years on latest second-line center Vincent Trocheck.