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Rangers acquire Holden from Avalanche

Defenseman traded to New York for 2017 fourth-round draft pick @NHL

Defenseman Nick Holden was acquired by the New York Rangers in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

The Avalanche will receive a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Holden, 29, had six goals, 16 assists and a minus-1 rating this season with Colorado. His 217 hits were 20th in the NHL and seventh among defensemen.

"I think Holden is a guy that has gotten better every year in the League," Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said. "I think he's a pretty well-rounded guy. He can kill penalties. He can play both sides, real responsible. He can skate. I think he's good depth. We'll see where he fits in, but our guys are pretty excited to get him and we'll see where it goes."

Signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 28, 2008, as an undrafted free agent, Holden has 21 goals, 40 assists and a plus-1 rating in 221 regular-season NHL games with Columbus and Colorado.

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