Rangers Move Newbury for Danny Syvret

Kris Newbury’s Hartford tenure came to an end Monday night, when the parent New York Rangers announced a trade that sent the ten-year veteran to Philadelphia in exchange for eight-year vet Danny Syvret.

Kris Newbury

Kris Newbury

Newbury, who led the Whale in scoring in each of the three years he played full seasons with the team, leaves the organization as the fourth-leading scorer in franchise history, and the leader outside of the “big three” of franchise icons Brad Smyth, Ken Gernander and Derek Armstrong.  With 205 all-time Wolf Pack/Whale points (66-39-205 in 222 games-played), Newbury ranked one ahead of P.A. Parenteau and still had a long way to go to catch Armstrong, who is third all-time in franchise annals with 309.

Danny Syvret

Danny Syvret

Syvret, a defenseman, has been one of the premier offensive blueliners in the AHL for most of his career.  The 5-11, 205-pound native of Millgrove, Ontario has 46 goals and 206 assists for 252 points in 483 career AHL games, including stops in Hamilton, Grand Rapids, Springfield, Hershey, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Peoria and Adirondack.  As a Junior player, Syvret had an outstanding run with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, which he capped off by captaining a Memorial Cup winner in 2004-05, a season in which he played on the same blueline corps with Dan Girardi and had totals of 23-46-69, and an OHL-leading +70, in 62 games.

The two players are very close in experience and age, Newbury 31 and Syvret 28, and their contract statuses are virtually the same.  According to capgeek.com, both Newbury and Syvret are going into the second years of two-way contracts, with Newbury scheduled to make $300,000 this year in the AHL and $600,000 in the NHL, and Syvret earning $275,000 in the AHL and $600,000 in the NHL.

So the crux of this one looks very much like the acquisition of Justin Falk the day before…that is, an organizational quest for defensive depth.  The Rangers obviously are confident that the players are there in the chain (or available as free agents) to compensate for the loss of Newbury’s offense, and Ranger director of player personnel Gordie Clark said something interesting to the media at the NHL Draft Sunday about the Falk acquisition.

“I think he can play in the top six (Ranger defensemen),” Clark said of Falk. “I think what he brings, the element is the fact that, let’s say he doesn’t make it as a sixth and he’s a seventh, we really haven’t had a seventh or eighth who can move up and play those positions.”

I would imagine that the Ranger player personnel department would put Syvret in the same category, a clear indication that upgrading the defensive options throughout the organization is a big priority this offseason.

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3 Responses to “Rangers Move Newbury for Danny Syvret”

  1. chris Says:

    let me through this thought your way. if hockey skates were made like figure skates with a toe pick. how would it effect or not effect hockey players and how the game is played.

    • Crawford's Corner Says:

      Not sure if it would affect it too much, Chris, because I don’t think hockey players do much with the toes of their skates. Might make the danger of skate-cut injuries even a little greater, though, with the jagged edge of the toe pick being added to the hazard of the sharpness of the blade. And when a hockey player trips and falls forward, the joke is that he “toe-picked”, and that would then no longer necessarily be a joke.

  2. chirs Says:

    interesting take on the matter bob. not thats going to happen any time soon.

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