FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, June 23, 2017
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the Coyotes' seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
"We are thrilled to acquire Derek," said Chayka. "Our organization has been searching for a true number one center for over a decade and we are confident that he can be that for us."
The 6-foot, 196-pound Stepan posted 17-38-55 with 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 81 games with the Rangers last season. Stepan finished the season ranked third on the team in points and second in assists. He has finished every season ranked third or higher on the Rangers in points since the 2012-13 campaign.
The 27-year old native of Hastings, MN has registered 128-232-360 in 515 career games with the Rangers and has recorded 53 points or more in each of his last four seasons.
Stepan was originally drafted in the second round (51st overall) by the Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Raanta posted a 16-8-2 record in 30 games with the Rangers last season with four shutouts, a 2.26 goals against average (GAA) and a .922 save percentage (SV%). Raanta's 2.26 GAA ranked ninth among qualified NHL goaltenders and his four shutouts were tied for the 10th-most despite playing in only 30 games.
"Antti is a highly skilled, athletic goaltender," said Chayka. "We're confident that he can emerge as an excellent starting goalie for us."
The 28-year old native of Rauma, FI is 47-23-9 with a 2.33 GAA and .917 SV% in 94 career NHL games over four seasons with the Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.
DeAngelo recorded 5-9-13 with 37 PIM in 39 games with the Coyotes last season.