Breaking Down Recent Trades Between Winnipeg Jets and NY Rangers

New York Rangers, Chris Kreider (20); Winnipeg Jets, Neal Pionk (4). Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports
New York Rangers, Chris Kreider (20); Winnipeg Jets, Neal Pionk (4). Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports /
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Winnipeg Jets, Lee Stempniak #20. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /

The Winnipeg Jets have made some high profile trades with the New York Rangers. Here’s how both teams have faired over their past three trades.

On trade deadline day 2022, the Winnipeg Jets made a huge trade with the New York Rangers as they sent pending unrestricted free agent, Andrew Copp, to the Rangers in exchange for top prospect, Morgan Barron, two 2022 second-round conditional draft picks, and a 2022 fifth-round draft choice.

When seeing Copp head to the Big Apple, many people have said that the Rangers are one of the winners of this deadline and this trade, but this is too early to tell who actually won this trade.

The Jets and Rangers have made trades in prior seasons and the implications of those trades still impact these teams today.

This article looks at the three most recent trades between Winnipeg and New York and what happened to the players and draft picks involved in those trades. We start by looking at these trades in chronological order from 2015 to the present.

3. Veteran Stempniak heads to Winnipeg for prospect Klingberg

In early March of 2015, both the Jets and the Rangers were making a push for the playoffs so they decided to make a player-for-player trade.

The Jets acquired NHL journeyman, Lee Stempniak, for prospect Carl Klingberg. Klingberg was originally drafted in the second round of the 2009 NHL draft and at the time of this trade, he had played 11 games for the Jets while spending most of his time in the AHL.

Stempniak played in 18 games down the stretch of the season for the Jets and scored six goals and added four assists. He then played in all four Jets’ postseason games as the Jets were swept by the Anaheim Ducks and scored one goal in that series.

Stempniak’s time in Winnipeg did not last long, during the 2015 offseason, the veteran forward signed a contract with the New Jersey Devils.

On the other hand, Klingberg did not play an NHL game with the Rangers and the season with the Rangers AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Rangers wound up going a couple of rounds further than the Jets during the 2015 postseason. Ultimately the Rangers lost in the Eastern Conference Final to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After that season, Klingberg left North America and signed a contract in the KHL. Klingberg played one season in the KHL and has spent every season since in Switzerland.