NHL: Wild acquire Ryan Reaves, Canes sign Pyotr Kochetkov, and more

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The NHL is getting ready for Thanksgiving by hosting 15 games on the eve of the big U.S. holiday.

It’s also been a busy news days as well, so let’s jump in.

Wild trade for Ryan Reaves

The Minnesota Wild acquired forward Ryan Reaves from the New York Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft.

The 35-year-old veteran has zero points and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games this season, his second campaign with the Rangers. He ranks fourth on the team with 44 hits.

“It’s not for the fighting. He’s a biiiiigggg personality. He’s got a lot of energy. He’s got swagger. We’ve been missing that,” Wild GM Bill Guerin told Michael Russo. “The energy he brings is really good. And size. He’s gonna help us get our identity back.”

Reaves has posted 114 points (54 goals, 60 assists) and 992 penalty minutes in 767 games with the St. Louis Blues (2010-17), Pittsburgh Penguins (2017-18), Vegas Golden Knights (2018-21) and Rangers.

A fifth-round draft selection by St. Louis in 2005, Reaves ranks third among active players in hits (2,645) and sixth in penalty minutes.

Hurricanes sign Pyotr Kochetkov

Pyotr Kochetkov
Nov 19, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov (52) looks on during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov signed a four-year, $8 million contract extension on Wednesday.

Kochetkov, 23, is 2-0-2 with one shutout, a 2.00 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in four games this season.

“Pyotr has been extremely solid for both Carolina and Chicago (of the American Hockey League) since coming to North America last season,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. “We believe he has a bright future in our crease, and we’re excited to watch him as he continues to grow as a person and player.”

Kochetkov is 5-0-2 with one shutout, a 2.16 GAA and .909 save percentage in seven career games with Carolina. He was selected by the Hurricanes in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

Capitals activate T.J. Oshie

The Washington Capitals activated forward T.J. Oshie from injured reserve on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old veteran has missed the last 11 games with a lower-body injury.

Oshie will be a game-time decision for Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

He has two goals and three assists in nine games this season, his eighth campaign with Washington and 15th in the NHL.

Oshie has 640 points (273 goals, 367 assists) in 909 games with the St. Louis Blues (2008-15) and Capitals.

Maple Leafs acquire Connor Timmins

On Wednesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs announce they acquired defenseman Conor Timmins from the Arizona Coyotes. In exchange, the Leafs sent AHL forward Curtis Douglas the other way. 

Timmins, 24, has zero points in two games with the Coyotes this season. For his NHL career split between the Colorado Avalanche and Coyotes, he’s registered seven assists in 41 games.

He was originally selected by the Avs in the second round of the 2017 Draft.

–Field Level Media

–The Daily Goal Horn contributed to this report