News broke today that the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks have made a trade. No, it’s not a blockbuster, but it did raise some eyebrows. Both players involved are in current in the AHL. The Rangers sent Left Wing Brandon Mashinter to the Blackhawks in exchange for Kyle Beach; who is also a Left Winger (Power Forward).
Manshinter came into the NHL via the San Jose Sharks who signed his as an undrafted free agent. The Rangers traded for Manshinter on January 16, 2013 in exchange for Tommy Grant and a conditional 7th round draft pick. The 25-year-old has played in 17 NHL games and has not registered a single point.
Kyle Beach is 23-years-old and has a history of physical play. Beach was projected to be a top 5 pick in the 2008 Entry Draft. But due to his on-ice reputation, and discipline problems teams were hesitant to draft him. The Chicago Blackhawks rolled the dice and pick Beach with their 11th overall pick in 2008.
Trade Break Down
The Rangers get some much-needed grit, but they need to be careful. They may have traded for a reckless player in a time when such play is under a big microscope. Chicago on the other hand didn’t really get anything in return; Manshinter may add some depth but nothing more than that. I think this was more about moving Beach, and less about getting talent in return.
What are your thoughts on this trade?