Saturday, July 2, 2011

Rangers Trade Brodie Dupont For Andreas Thuresson

In addition to this morning’s blockbuster deal with top free agent Brad Richards, the New York Rangers made a minor league trade.  New York sent 2005 third round pick Brodie Dupont to the Nashville Predators in exchange for 2007 fifth round pick Andreas Thuresson.
The fact that New York moved Dupont should not be a surprise to anyone as while he was a solid player in the AHL, the writing was on the wall in terms of him not getting a chance to make it was the Rangers at the NHL level.  This deal, much like the Byers deal, gives the prospect a chance to reach the NHL level while the Rangers get back a different prospect looking to make their name.
Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck described Thuresson this way…
@mleetch352 he's a moderately physical winger, suited for 4th-line work. Pretty hard working and dependable, but unspectacular.
That sounds a lot like Brodie Dupont and says that the Rangers felt it was time to move on from Dupont and see if they can get more out of Thuresson down the line.  Last season Thuresson had 14 goals and 24 assists in 76 games for Milwaukee.