Adam Fox, whose rights were traded to the New York Rangers from the Carolina Hurricanes has played his 30th game. That means a draft pick got upgraded.
Late last season Adam Fox made it abundantly clear that he didn’t wish to play for the Carolina Hurricanes. Despite, being a playoff worthy team with a bright future, he didn’t want to get bogged down behind the heavily strong defensive core the Hurricanes and wanted to start playing as soon as possible in the NHL.
Think of him what you will, his rights were traded to the New York Rangers in return for two draft picks. The New York Rangers second 2019 Draft pick and a conditional third round draft pick in 2020. The condition was that if Adam Fox were to sign with the Rangers and play 30 games minimum in the NHL for them, the pick would get upgraded to a second round pick.
The second round pick in the 2019 draft turned out to be the 37th overall pick and was then further traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for two other picks, the 44th overall and the 83rd overall. Those two turned into Jameson Rees and Anttoni Honka, a pair of excellent skaters with bright futures ahead of them.
With the Rangers having played their 30th game of the season last Tuesday against the LA Kings and Adam Fox not having missed a single game so far, the condition on the trade has finally kicked in. That means that the return on Adam Fox is now a possibly high second round draft pick to go along with Rees and Honka.
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Looking back on the trade, Fox has been excellent for the Rangers, but would have struggled to break into the defensive lineup for the Carolina Hurricanes. The return for Fox may seem high to the Carolina Hurricanes but for the value that the Rangers have gotten, they were more than willing to make the deal.
This trade is one of the few in the history of the league where both teams are technically winners in which they got something of higher value to them in return to what they traded out. Also, Adam Fox is happy to play for his childhood team in New York, so everyone is happy.
The only remaining Question to answer is; what will Carolina do with the draft pick now that it has officially been bumped up to a second round pick?