July 16, 2024

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have completed a trade sending forward Reilly Smith to the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round and fifth-round pick. The fifth rounder will be lower of New York or Minnesota and the Penguins retain 25% on Smith’s contract. Smith, known for his versatility and solid two-way play, joins the Rangers to bolster their forward depth in the top nine. The Rangers have been relatively quiet to start NHL free agency, especially considering their Stanley Cup aspirations.

Reactions to the trade are mixed as some Penguins fans feel the team did well to move on from Smith. Others believe the Rangers fleeced the Penguins, landing a useful player without giving up too much in return.

Entering the final year of his $5 million contract, Smith’s projected market value hovers around $4.9 million, making him an attractive acquisition for the Rangers as they aim to strengthen their roster for immediate contention. His ability to contribute on both ends of the ice and provide playoff experience adds significant value to New York’s lineup.

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