The New York Rangers have added to their blueline depth as they gear up for a fierce final stretch to the season in the Atlantic Division.
The Rangers got in on the trade action on Monday, acquiring defenseman Justin Braun from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2023.
Braun is not going to reinvent the wheel out there, let's make that clear.
The 35-year-old is a depth option at this point in his career regardless of how the Flyers have been pumping him full of top-four minutes in order to move him this season, with Braun taking a good chunk of Philly's defensive zone starts and tough assignments to expectedly mediocre results.
The Flyers have been out-scored and out-chanced this season across the board in Braun's even-strength minutes, winning just 45.5 percent of the expected goals and surrendering 56.52 percent of the high-danger scoring chances.
In New York, though, Braun will certainly not be tasked with such heavy responsibilities.
Put Braun on a third pair, and things take a turn for the better. In a lesser role, Braun's results in those areas have all trended above the 50 percent mark dating back to the 2018-19 season, during which Braun would average 17-18 minutes per night rather than the upwards of 20 he was logging in Philly.
The Rangers, in need of defensive depth, will take those numbers all day.
And with Braun set to hit the free-agent market at the end of the season, the Flyers did well to get a mid-round draft pick in exchange for an expiring asset.