On the Saturday of the NHL draft, the Rangers acquired 29-year old defenseman Nick Holden from Colorado for a 4th round pick in 2017.
Holden's former teammate in Colorado Erik Johnson tweeted, "Gonna miss my boy Holdy!! Rangers getting a great player even better guy will miss ya buddy."
Jeff Gorton said after the draft, "I think Holden is a guy who has gotten better every year in the league. He is a well rounded guy, kill penalties, play both sides, is real responsible, can skate. I think that he's good depth and see where he fits in."
Holden is 6-4, 210 and played in all 82 games for the Avs last season, with 6 goals, 16 assists, a minus one rating, 24 PIM and an average of 21:53 per game with 217 hits and 119 blocked shots.
In 2013-14, Holden had 10 goals, 15 assists, a plus 12 rating, an average ice time of 18:41 and 118 hitsin 54 games.
In 7 games for the Avs during the 2013-14 playoffs, Holden had 3 goals, 1 assist, 8 PIM, 25 hits, 9 blocked shots, 3 takeaways and 1 giveaway.
The Hockey News says that Holden is a "solid mobile defenseman."
Holden is signed for the next two seasons with a cap hit of $1.65 million per season.
Adam Rotter: Holden seems like he brings some of what Kevin Klein does in the physicality and blocking shots department, he brings size and a history of playing big minutes. His role is to be determined but it would seem based upon his contract and cap hit that he will be somewhat of a regular for the Rangers. $1.65 million is a lot to have in the press box when you are right up against the cap. We are a long way from training camp though and don't know for sure how the rest of the defense and what Dylan McIlrath's situation will be.