New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Danny Syvret from Philadelphia in exchange for forward Kris Newbury.
Syvret, 28, registered six goals and 34 assists for 40 points, along with 34 penalty minutes in 76 games last season with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Adirondack Phantoms. He led the Phantoms in assists, ranked second in points, tied for third in power play goals (five), and tied for first among team defensemen in goals. He also led Adirondack with a career-high, 194 shots on goal. Syvret finished the season among the league leaders in scoring by defensemen, ranking seventh in points and tying for third in assists.
The 5-11, 205-pounder has skated in 483 career AHL contests over eight seasons with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Grand Rapids Griffins, Springfield Falcons, Hershey Bears, Philadelphia Phantoms, Syracuse Crush, Peoria Rivermen, and Adirondack, registering 46 goals and 206 assists for 252 points, along with 243 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in games played (76), goals (12), assists (45), points (57), plus/minus rating (plus-seven), power play goals (eight), and penalty minutes (44) with Philadelphia in 2008-09. Syvret finished second among AHL defensemen in scoring that season, and skated in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic. He was also named a First-Team AHL All-Star following the season.
The Millgrove, Ontario native has skated in 59 NHL contests over five seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Anaheim Ducks, registering three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 30 penalty minutes. Syvret tallied his first career NHL point with an assist at Calgary on April 7, 2007, and made his NHL debut at St. Louis on November 4, 2005.
Prior to turning professional, Syvret skated in four seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), captaining the team to the 2005 Memorial Cup championship after posting a 59-7-2 regular season record. He was named to the 2005 Memorial Cup all-tournament team, named the CHL and OHL defenseman of the year, and was named to both the CHL and OHL First All-Star Teams. Syvret also captured a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Syvret was originally selected by Edmonton in the third round, 81st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Newbury, 31, split last season between the Rangers and the Connecticut Whale, tallying one assist in six games with the Blueshirts and 62 points (20 goals, 42 assists) in 70 games with the Whale. He was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit in exchange for Jordan Owens on March 3, 2010.