NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) – The Florida Panthers traded forward Joey Crabb to the New York Rangers on Monday in a move that will provide more depth at both forward and defenseman.
The Rangers are sending defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan to the Panthers in the deal announced Monday. This move allows the Rangers to keep 19-year-old Anthony Duclair on the roster that will open the season Thursday at St. Louis. Each team can have a maximum of 50 contracts in the organization.READ MORE: Heat, Celtics now in a best-of-3 to decide the East title
Duclair, chosen as the Rangers’ top rookie in training camp, had a goal in both preseason games last week against Philadelphia, led the club with five points, and tied for the lead with three goals while playing in five of six games.
The 31-year-old Crabb split last season between the Panthers and San Antonio of the AHL. In nine NHL games, he had just one assist. With San Antonio, Crabb had 15 goals and 14 assists.
In 179 NHL games over five seasons with Atlanta, Toronto, Washington, and Florida, Crabb has 20 goals and 53 points. He was originally chosen by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2002 draft.READ MORE: 14 students, 1 teacher killed after shooter opens fire at Texas elementary school
Kampfer and Yogan had already been assigned to Hartford of the AHL and are expected to report to the Panthers’ affiliate in San Antonio.
Yogan is from South Florida and played his youth hockey in Lighthouse Point before becoming a member of the Junior Panthers in Coral Springs. He was selected by the Rangers with the 100th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Kampfer has 61 games of NHL experience but hasn’t played above the AHL in either of the past two seasons.
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