Rangers Trade Derek Stepan to Coyotes Ahead of N.H.L. Draft

“I want to be a full-package player,” Andersson said. “It’s a special feeling to be going to New York.”

With the 21st pick, the Rangers took the 17-year-old Czech forward Filip Chytil, who played last season for HC Zlin, where he had four goals and four assists in 38 games.

Stepan, a playmaking center, had been a Ranger his entire seven-year career, and had appeared in 97 playoff games with the team. But he has four years remaining on his six-year, $39 million contract, with an annual cap hit of $6.5 million, and after July 1 would have been able to invoke a no-trade clause to block any deal. He had 17 goals and 38 assists this season.

With Stepan’s trade and the departure of center Oscar Lindberg to the Vegas Golden Knights in Wednesday’s expansion draft, the Rangers have only two centers on their roster: Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad.

That could suggest more moves are in the offing. The Rangers also have created about $20 million of salary cap space ahead of the opening of free agency on July 1.

Raanta has one year left on his contract but he was an important figure for the Rangers last season, registering a 16-8-2 record and a 2.26 goals against average while backing up Lundqvist.

DeAngelo, a native of Sewell, N.J., was the 19th overall pick by Tampa Bay in 2014. He was traded to the Coyotes at last year’s draft and recorded five goals and nine assists in 39 games for Arizona. He would presumably replace the veteran defenseman Dan Girardi, whose contract was bought out by the Rangers last week.

In other moves Friday before the draft, the salary-cap challenged Blackhawks re-acquired forward Brandon Saad from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Artemi Panarin, the league’s rookie of the year in 2015-16. He had 31 goals for the Blackhawks last season.

Saad, who was traded by Chicago after it won the Stanley Cup in 2015, has three years left on his contract.

The Blackhawks also received goaltender Anton…

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