New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Steven Kampfer and a conditional draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Dylan McIlrath.
Kampfer, 28, has skated in 134 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11 - 2011-12; 2014-15 - 2016-17), registering nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 60 penalty minutes. Kampfer skated in 47 games with Florida in 2015-16, tallying four assists and posting a plus-four rating. He also skated in one game with the Panthers this season, recording four penalty minutes.
The 5-11, 192-pounder has played in 206 career American Hockey League (AHL) games over parts of six seasons (2009-10 - 2014-15), registering 23 goals and 66 assists for 89 points. Kampfer established an AHL career-high in goals with eight in 42 games during the 2014-15 season with the San Antonio Rampage.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan native signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2014, and he was acquired by Florida from the Blueshirts on October 6, 2014. Kampfer was selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
McIlrath skated in 38 games with the Rangers over parts of four seasons, registering two goals and two assists for four points, along with 84 penalty minutes.