Rangers acquire Falk from Wild

June, 30, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. -- The Rangers opened draft day with a minor trade, acquiring depth defenseman Justin Falk from the Minnesota Wild.

The Rangers sent back minor-league forward Benn Ferriero and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft in the deal.

The 24-year-old Falk (6-foot-5, 220) adds some size to the team's blue line, where he will likely fit in as a seventh defenseman and an upgrade over Steve Eminger and Matt Gilroy.

Falk registered three assists and 40 penalty minutes in 36 games for the Wild last season.

The draft-day deal will likely be the only one for the Rangers, despite some big names surfacing in recent trade discussion. With the team's decision to not buy out Brad Richards, it has little maneuverability under the cap to make any splashy moves.

The Rangers do not have a pick until the third round of the 2013 draft.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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