The Vegas Golden Knights have traded for forward Brett Howden from the New York Rangers.
Fresh off signing his new one-year deal with an annual average value of $885K, Howden’s fourth season in the league will be spent in Nevada, under the careful watch of general manager Kelly McCrimmon.
In teaming up with New York, Vegas officially acquired Howden in exchange for defenceman Nick DeSimone and a 2022 fourth round draft pick.
After being drafted 27th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016, the 23-year-old Howden has spent the past three seasons with New York. He was dealt to the Rangers in a February 26, 2018 trade from Tampa that saw JT Miller and Ryan McDonagh go the other way.
With New York, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward has found a place within the team’s bottom-six forward group, putting up 16 goals, 49 points and 53 penalty minutes in 178 career NHL games. Last season, Howden managed just one goal, seven points and 11 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games.
The 26-year-old DeSimone put up five assists in 14 games with the American Hockey League’s San Jose Barracuda in 2020-21. He was dealt by San Jose to Vegas as a piece of the package in a three-way trade this past April.
McCrimmon – the longtime head coach/GM of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings – was not done there in his pursuit of Manitoban players. Already blessed with ‘Tobans Mark Stone, Ryan Reaves, Keegan Kolesar, Zach Whitecloud and now Brett Howden, McCrimmon and Co. then dealt for former Wheat Kings captain Nolan Patrick in a three-way trade between the Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers.
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