Well the off-season has officially begun for the Rangers, as GM Glen Sather pulled the trigger on the organization’s first personel move of the summer, acquiring defenseman Tim Erixon and and fifth-round pick from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Roman Horak and two second-round picks in this summer’s draft.
Erixon, originally drafted by the Flames in 2009, has spent the last two seasons playing for Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League. In 2010-11, he recorded five goals and 24 points in 48 games.
“Tim is an outstanding young defenseman with good size and mobility,” said Sather in a release. “He plays a complete, all-around game, and we feel his is an excellent addition to our developing, young defense corps.”
He’s not kidding. This team has just stockpiled on young defensive talent. Erixon will join Dylan McIlrath, Pavel Valentenko, and Wade Redd (just kidding) in the minors, along with Michael Sauer and Ryan McDonagh. Let’s not forget that Marc Staal and Dan Girardi are still young in their own rights. Michael Del Zotto should be have a strong opportunity as well to make the team right out of camp next season. The move could spell the end for Matt Gilroy, who just never really did anything special in his two years in New York.
Horak, a former fifth-round pick of the Rangers in 2009, was signed to an entry-level contract on May 11. He was 26-52-78 for the Chilliwack Bruins last season.
Erixon is the son of former Rangers player Jan Erixon.