Before the NHL trade deadline arrived at 3:00 PM Wednesday, Rangers President/General Manager Glen Sather made one more deal, acquiring defenseman Raphael Diaz from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a fifth round selection in the 2015 draft. Diaz joins Martin St. Louis, picked up earlier in the day from Tampa Bay, as one of two new faces on the Rangers roster as of deadline day.
"We tried to make a deal for him last year," Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather said of Diaz. "Raphael is a good puck mover, a first-pass guy, can play on the power play. It's a good deal for us, for insurance."
The 28 year-old Diaz has been traded twice this season. He began 2013-14 with the Montreal Canadiens, the team he had played with since the 2011-12 season, before being dealt to Vancouver, where he appeared in only six games prior to today's trade to New York. In total Diaz, a right-handed shooting defensive defenseman, has played in 52 games this season, scoring one goal and adding 12 assists to go along with 12 penalty minutes.
Diaz participated in this year's Winter Olympics, representing Switzerland. It was his second Olympic experience, having also taken part in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
Over 134 regular season games in his NHL career Diaz has 43 points and 48 penalty minutes. Diaz has appeared in five playoff games, all last spring with Montreal.
The addition of Diaz leaves New York with eight defensemen--four left-handed shooters and four righties--on the current roster. It is not expected that Diaz will be available to play this evening when the Rangers host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden.