Rangers South? McIlrath Traded To Florida

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The joke used to be that so many Rangers were cast off to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Jackets should’ve been renamed “Rangers Midwest”.

With yesterday’s transaction, the Rangers appear to be forming a “Rangers South” in Florida.

Dylan McIlrath, the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2010, was traded to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer and a conditional 2018 draft pick.

McIlrath ends his Rangers career having played 40 games, all but one in the regular season, tallying four points, two goals and assists each. Having played in just one game this season, McIlrath was waived by the Rangers on October 27, spending the interim time in Hartford with the Rangers AHL affiliate.

McIlrath was primarily known for his fighting ability, having tallied 84 penalty minutes in 38 regular season games. Perhaps his most memorable moment as a Ranger came during a Valentine’s Day tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers, where McIlrath went after Wayne Simmonds shortly after the opening faceoff, avenging Simmonds’s cheap shot hit on Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers won the game 3-1.

29 September 2016: Florida Panthers defenseman Steven Kampfer (77) skates with the puck in the 1st period of the Preseason NHL game between the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Kampfer, 28, played in one game for the Panthers this season (Photo: Getty)

While the draft pick is conditional, a 2018 seventh-rounder that stays with Florida if McIlrath plays less than 30 games, the Rangers do get Kampfer, who is in his second rodeo with the organization. A fourth-round pick of Anaheim’s in the 2007 draft, Kampfer has spent the past three seasons with Florida, tallying eight points (Two goals, six assists) in 83 games. He has also spent time with Boston and Minnesota.

Kampfer’s previous time with the Rangers came in 2014, when he signed a one-year deal. He played in several preseason games, but was traded to Florida in exchange for Joey Crabb.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490