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Rangers trade Patrik Nemeth to Coyotes to create much-needed cap space

New York Post
New York Post
 2022-07-13

The Rangers created some much-needed cap space on Wednesday by trading veteran defenseman Patrik Nemeth, a 2025 second-round pick and a conditional future pick to the Coyotes for prospect Ty Emberson.

For the conditional future pick, Arizona has the option of acquiring the Rangers’ own 2024 third-rounder or its own 2026 second-rounder. The trade relieves the Rangers of Nemeth’s $2.5 million cap hit each of the next two seasons. With so many other holes to fill, Nemeth was a logical buyout/trade candidate.

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The Rangers traded defenseman Patrik Nemeth to the Coyotes.
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Nemeth skated in just 63 games with the Rangers this season, recording two goals and five assists. He missed a good chunk of time due to a lingering battle with COVID-19 and other personal reasons, but the 30-year-old Swede was ultimately a healthy scratch for the final 15 games of the season. Nemeth competed in the Rangers’ first five playoff games before Justin Braun took his spot.

The Rangers are spending $5.625 million per year over the next seven years on new second-line center Vincent Trocheck.

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