Elliotte Friedman reports that the Florida Panthers are sending Dave Bolland and 19-year old prospect Lawson Crouse to Arizona for a 2nd and 3rd round pick.
Bolland, with a modified no-trade, has three-years left on his deal at $5.5 million per year has played in 78 games the past two seasons.
No salary was retained in the trade. (Johnston)
Bolland did not play from December 15, 2015 on last season due to injury, being sent on a conditioning stint and being scratched.
Crouse was listed by The Hockey News as the Panthers top prospect.
It had been noted in the past that at one point the Maple Leafs were interested in acquiring Wade Redden if the Rangers sent a first round pick along with him. The Rangers drafted Chris Kreider with that pick.
Adam Rotter: So why does this trade mean anything for the Rangers? Because what Florida did is what the Rangers would very likely have to do to move Dan Girardi or Marc Staal, in addition to getting them to waive their no-moves, and to some extent Rick Nash.
Florida, which is a very young and talented team, moved a top prospect to get out from a bad contract. This is something that the Rangers just can't afford to do right now with the lack of prospects and picks they have had the past few years. Even after signing Jimmy Vesey the Rangers are still in a position where they need to hold onto all of their assets, not move them.
Certain teams that have cap space are willing to take on bad contracts as long as they bring a sweetener with them. That sweetener could be retaining a large amount of cap space, high draft picks or top prospects. I'm sure that if the Rangers were willing to involve Pavel Buchnevich they could find a way to move out from Girardi or Staal, but is that worth it? It's sort of a moot point with those two because they both have no-move protection, but it's something to keep in mind for next season when part of Girardi's no-move becomes a modified no-trade.