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Rangers acquire D Ruhwedel from Penguins

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The New York Rangers have acquired defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2027 fourth-round draft pick.

The 33-year-old has played the past eight seasons with the Penguins, tallying 13 goals and 47 points in 326 games in the Steel City.

He has one goal and three assists in 47 games this season while averaging 12:33 of ice time per game. 

A native of San Diego, Ruhwedel is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and carries an $800,000 cap hit.

He spent his first four NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and has a total of 49 points in 359 NHL games spread out over 12 seasons. 


Pens make additional move

The Penguins made an additional move Friday, acquiring goaltender Ludovic Waeber and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2025 in exchange for Magnus Hellberg, it was announced Friday.

The 27-year-old Waeber has yet to appear in an NHL games and has appeared in a total of 16 games this season, 15 of them coming with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers and an additional contest coming with the ECHL's Florida Everblades.

Hellberg, 32, has a .905 save percentage and a 2.92 goals-against average in 19 AHL games this season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

He's also appeared in three NHL games this season with Pittsburgh, posting a 2.50 GAA and .922 save percentage.