The New York Rangers traded forward Roman Horak and two second-round draft picks to the Calgary Flames for Tim Erixon and a fifth-round pick, the team announced on Wednesday.
Erixon is the son of Jan Erixon, a popular forward who played for the Rangers from the 1983-1984 to the 1992-1993 seasons. The elder Erixon twice won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, which is given to a player that Rangers fans feel has gone above and beyond the call of duty. The award, which is named after an NYPD officer who was paralyzed by a bullet in the line of duty, is voted on by fans online and by text message.
Tim Erixon was drafted by Calgary in the first round of the 2009 NHL draft and has been playing for the Swedish national team and the Swedish Elite Leagues' Skelleftea franchise. In his three seasons in Sweden, Erixon's teams have won various medals. The 6'3, 205-pound 20-year-old tied for fifth on the Skelleftea team in assists and eighth in points this past season, and he ranked fifth on the club in penalty minutes.
Tim is an outstanding young defenseman with good size and mobility, said Glen Sather, president and general manager of the Rangers. He plays a complete, all-around game, and we feel he is an excellent addition to our developing, young defense corps.
Although giving up two second-round picks is substantial, New York gains a young defenseman who has shown rapid improvement in Sweden and could help the Blueshirts almost immediately.