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Arizona Coyotes land Derek Stepan in trade with New York Rangers

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Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers has been traded to the Arizona Coyotes. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers has been traded to the Arizona Coyotes. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta, the teams announced Friday.

Stepan, 27, recorded 55 points (17 goals, 38 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Rangers last season.

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"We are thrilled to acquire Derek," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "Our organization has been searching for a true No. 1 center for over a decade and we are confident that he can be that for us."

Raanta, 28, was 16-8-2 record in 30 games with the Rangers last season with four shutouts, a 2.26 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. His 2.26 GAA ranked ninth among qualified NHL goaltenders and his four shutouts were tied for the 10th-most despite playing in only 30 games.

"Antti is a highly skilled, athletic goaltender," Chayka said. "We're confident that he can emerge as an excellent starting goalie for us."

DeAngelo, 21, split this past season between the Coyotes and the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. He skated in 39 NHL games with Arizona in 2016-17, registering five goals, nine assists and 37 penalty minutes. He played in 25 AHL games, recording three goals, 13 assists and 31 penalty minutes.

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