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Canucks keep dealing, add Dorsett in trade with Rangers

Jun 27, 2014, 4:17 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks are busy today. In addition to trading Ryan Kesler and Jason Garrison, they’ve also acquired tough winger Derek Dorsett from the New York Rangers for the 85th selection in today’s draft, a pick that was acquired from the Ducks in the Kesler deal.

Dorsett, 27, had four goals and four assists, plus 128 penalty minutes, in 51 games for the Rangers in 2013-14. He has one year remaining on his contract (cap hit $1.63 million) before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

Dorsett will join a Vancouver team that lacked forward depth this past season. The Rangers, meanwhile, will gain some much-needed cap space, with a number of key free agents requiring new contracts.

  1. iwt5007 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM


  2. areaman714 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    His job is to kick Browknee’s ass.

  3. billiam55 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    good move by the rangers. getting a third rounder for a player like dorsett is impressive.

  4. skoivu10 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Good move for the Canucks. apparently, this retool is a rebuild, afterall

  5. lowenni - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    What is Gillis doing? How can they trade away Garrison for just a second but they give away a third for a scrub like Dorsett? The difference between those two players is exponentially larger than one round. What an awful GM.

    • r4n6er - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Gillis isn’t the GM anymore…

    • pepper2011 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Gillis is gone. It’s Benning. And he is cleaning up Gillis’ mess.

      Garrison has a cap hit of 4.6m through teh 2017- 18 season.

      Dorsett isn’t great, but can definitely fill a roll – someone not named Kassian to protect the Sedin’s.

      Benning got Dorsett, a 1st, Sbisa and Bonino for kesler – not bad.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        *who can play. Sesito shouldnt be in the NHL

        Sign hiller short term; along with Vanek and Moulson and this is almost a decent team.

    • pfhockey - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      ^don’t tell him

  6. nobandwagoners - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM


    • rdk - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      The Canucks need more finger biters:

  7. stakex - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Not much of a surprise that the Rangers opted to trade Dorsett given the cap crunch, but it is a bit surprising they were able to get a 3rd round pick for him…. especially from the Canucks. I would think a 3rd round pick for a rebuilding team would be more valuable than a 4th line brawler that’s contributes limited amounts of offense. I get that the Canucks want to add some grit, and Dorsett is a great player in that regard, but I would think there are cheaper options.

  8. President Charles Logan - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Rags may have to bring Carcillo back now

    • scout202sport - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      They should bring Carcillo back with or without this trade. He’s a scrappy player who loves the game and actually can score here and there. He would be a very small financial investment for NYR. If he can stay out of trouble, he isn’t that much different from Andrew Shaw.

  9. bwayblueshirt - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I think a lot of people are seriously undervaluing Dorsett. Gretzky he is not, no question there, but he’s a solid third line winger with speed and a lot of toughness who’s just as likely to set up a goal as he is to drop the gloves. I really liked him. Too bad, especially since I really don’t see a third round pick from this draft class helping us very much.

    • stakex - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      I think you are over valuing him a little bit. In 85 games with the Rangers (including playoffs) he had only 4g 6a…. and 175 penalty minutes. Pretty sure he’s a lot more likely to drop the gloves than set up a goal.

      He’s also not a 3rd line player on most teams that have enough a slight bit of depth.

    • rmccleary97 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Dorsett is a “grit, sandpaper” kind of guy, but he’s got a limited skill set and a real penchant for stupid penalties. By no means is he a “make or break” guy for any team; a mid-5th for him might have been closer to his value. A late 3rd is overpayment.

  10. rpiotr01 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    The St. Louis trade is going to prove devastating for the future of this Rangers team. It was a big gamble and while they rode it to the Cup Finals, in the end they didn’t win. They’re now out 2 first rounders for their troubles, and the farm system is pretty weak. You need first rounders, it gives you your best crack at impact players.

    This trade is a welcome development, they need as many picks as they can get at this point, long odds or not.

  11. bleedrangerblue - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    I’m good with dumping Dorsett. I’d rather have a guy named Carcillo over him anyway. No need for both. LGR!

  12. mvshark - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    But isn’t every team thinking about dropping the so called enforcer even if he is only that? Maybe if he could score 10 goals and be the factor for other teams not to take runs at the Sedins…I don’t get it, I am a Bruins fan and just saw the release of Thornton…he has way more value than Dorsett. His release was also quickened bysome of the bone head antics this year,but the 4th line he was on when all were healthy was arguably the best in NHL.

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