The New York Rangers acquired defenceman Justin Braun from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick Monday.

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Braun, 35, had five goals and 11 assists for 16 points while averaging 20:20 in 61 games for the Flyers this season

Braun is a pending unrestricted free agent and has a cap hit of $1.8 million the rest of this season.

The Flyers aren't in the playoff hunt this year and traded captain Claude Giroux to the Florida Panthers over the weekend.

Braun was held out of Philly's lineup for Sunday's game against the New York Islanders ahead of Monday's trade deadline.

As Shayna Goldman wrote before the trade: "For playoff teams looking for an inexpensive depth option, Braun could be a fit seeing as he’s on the downswing of his career,

in an expiring contract. He doesn’t thread the needle offensively, but can absorb tough minutes to ease the workload of other defenders

 Or, if paired with a possession player, he can provide some balance with his defensive efforts of blocking shots and battling for loose pucks to help spark plays from his own zone