The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Justin Falk from Minnesota in exchange for Benn Ferriero and a 6th round pick in 2014.
Falk was a fourth round selection of the Wild, 110th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Falk had three assists in 36 games this past season, with a -9 rating and 40 PIMs. A restricted free agent, the Rangers now have the rights to resign him, or let him walk and lose him via an offer sheet, or just let the player walk all together. If the Rangers do sign him, its likely he will sit as a depth defenseman with the squad.
Ferriero was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 196th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes, however, the Coyotes did not sign Ferriero upon completing his college career. Ferriero was signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks on September 1, 2009 after finishing a successful career with Boston College. On his 24th birthday, and in his first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance, Ferriero scored the game-winning goal (and his first career playoff goal) in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of The Western Conference Semi-Finals of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ferriero signed a two-way deal worth $700,000 with Pittsburgh back in July of 2012 before getting traded to the Rangers in January.
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