Sportsnet columnist Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown) made his annual trade grades for every NHL team, and he gave an overall mark of B- to New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton. He made a total of six trades.
According to McIndoe, the best deal Gorton made in 2017 was sending Derek Stepan and goaltender Antii Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and a first round pick in 2017 (Lias Andersson). The deal didn't give the results the Coyotes were expecting, and Gorton got himself one good prospect at the blue line and an other one up front with the first round pick. Keeping an eye on the future seems to be the new strategy in New York city, and that's always a good thing to keep in mind.
The worst deal would be the one they made to acquire defenseman Brendan Smith from the Detroit Red Wings for two draft picks (third round in 2017 and second round in 2018). Not because Smith is a bad player, but many believe that the Rangers could have gone a little further in the playoffs if Gorton would have been a little more aggressive at the deadline.
What do you think, Rangers fans? Are you happy with the trades your general manager made in 2017?