Ryan Reaves was traded to the Minnesota Wild from the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
New York received a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft.
The 35-year-old striker has no points and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games this season and has been a healthy scratch in seven of the last eight games for the Rangers. Reaves played 7:26 in a 2–1 victory against the Nashville Predators on November 12.
A source close to the Rangers said Reaves and his agent requested a trade on Tuesday for a 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings.
As part of the trade, the Wild will take on any remaining $1.75 million NHL salary cap that Reaves owes this season. He can become an unlimited free agent after this season.
Reaves played in 81 games for the Rangers over the past two seasons, recording 13 points (five goals, eight assists) and 55 penalty minutes.
A fifth round pick (No. 156) by the St. Louis Blues in the 2005 NHL Draft, Reaves has 114 points (54 goals, 60 assists) and 992 penalty minutes in 767 regular season games with the Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins , Vegas Gold Knights and Rangers. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) and 100 penalty minutes in 102 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The Rangers (10-6-4), who now have eight picks in the 2025 NHL Draft, play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; BSSC, MSG, MSG 2, ESPN+, SN NOW).
The Wild (8-8-2) play the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SNW, BSN, BSWIX).