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Arizona Coyotes Acquire Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta from New York Rangers

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John Chayka isn’t messing around now.

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The Arizona Coyotes are making a splash today with another huge trade with the New York Rangers.

The Coyotes have acquired center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers for the 7th overall pick and right-handed defenseman Anthony DeAngelo.

Derek Stepan is a defensively-minded center who is great on the penalty kill. In 81 games last season he scored 17 goals and 38 assists for 55 points. Stephan is 27 years old and has 4 years left on his current contract. This would give the Coyotes time to groom whoever is going to be the 1C after him.

Antti Raanta is a 28-year-old goaltender who is looking to be a starter. In his 29 games last year, he had a .922 save percentage and four shutouts. This solves the starting goalie issue fairly quickly.

Losing the 7th overall pick and Anthony DeAngelo is not a huge loss, considering the logjam of defenseman the Coyotes have in the AHL and still in junior.

UPDATE: Quotes from Derek Stepan on joining the team and Antti Raanta, via Dave Vest, the Arizona Coyotes Senior Director of News Content.

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