The Rangers have acquired defenseman Nick Holden from Colorado for their own 4th round pick in 2017.
Holden, 29, is in the second-year of a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.65 million.
He had 6 goals and 16 assists for the Avs last season.
Holden has 221 games of NHL experience and averaged 21:53 last season for the Avs.
When on the ice at 5 on 5 last season, the Avs only had 44.9% of the shot attempts.
Holden shoots left, is 6-4, 210 and had 217 hits last season.
From the Rangers release, "He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists, average ice time (21:52), hits (217), and blocked shots (118). Holden ranked second on Colorado - and led Avalanche defensemen - in hits, ranked third in average shorthanded ice time (2:20) and blocked shots (118), and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season. In addition, he was one of five players on Colorado - and one of two Avalanche defensemen - who skated in all of the team's 82 games in 2015-16."
Adam Rotter: Well this move does two things for the Rangers. It adds some depth on defense, which is always needed, and it almost assuredly makes him someone the Rangers will leave exposed in the expansion draft. He will help meet their quota for exposing a defenseman with at least 40 games played or 70 over the last two years. He's big, physical, has played big minutes and could be the Rangers third pair LD if they commit to moving Brady Skjei to the right side full time. It's their first move of the summer and almost certainly not their last.