Rangers add enforcer Ryan Reaves in late trade with Golden Knights

Rangers add Ryan Reaves
Dec 4, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves (75) checks Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) during the first period at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Just in case Tom Wilson thought everything was settled for rag dolling Artemi Panarin, the Rangers sent a reminder it was not. Late last night, they went out and got Wilson repellent, Ryan Reaves. The man who once said, “I’m the solution to your Tom Wilson problem,” is now on Broadway.

Rangers trade for Ryan Reaves

Forward Ryan Reaves, who posted the lowest goal total of his 11-year NHL career last season, was acquired by the New York Rangers from the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.

Vegas received a third-round pick in the 2022 draft in exchange for the 34-year-old veteran.

Reaves logged just one goal and four assists while racking up 27 penalty minutes in 37 games during the 2020-21 regular season. In the playoffs, he had no goals and one assist in 12 games, missing two games after getting suspended for pulling out hair from the Colorado Avalanche’s Ryan Graves.

In 686 career NHL games for the St. Louis Blues (2010-11 to 2016-17), Pittsburgh Penguins (2017-18) and Vegas (2017-18 to 2020-21), Reaves has 49 goals, 52 assists and 937 penalty minutes.

Reaves will be reunited with new Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant, who was in charge at Vegas from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Reaves took notice of what Wilson did to Panarin

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May 3, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals takes a roughing penalty during the second period against Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Reaves was on John Scott’s podcast and gave his thoughts after watching Tom Wilson run wild on the Rangers. “I was texting with (Jonathan) Marchessault who sent me the clip, I couldn’t tell if he was going to get 50 games or nothing,” he said. “When you see it, that’s a scrum – he took it too far. But again, there’s another one of those scenarios where he knows he can do that and there’s going to be no repercussions.”

The 6-2, 225 lbs enforcer that made this prophetic observation is now on the team. “If New York had anyone in their system they would’ve called them up and their would’ve been repercussions. There were a ton of fights and that was great on their team but I don’t think Tom Wilson was scared to go into the next game.”

Reaves is no stranger to the physical aspects of the game. In 686 games he has accumulated 937 penalty minutes. He can also chip in with some occasional offense as he’s picked up 101 points over that time. The big forward also likes to throw the body with 2,322 hits in his career to go with 75 major penalties.

-Field Level Media contributed to this article.