Strome carries a $3.1-million cap hit while Spooner’s cap hit is $4 million. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers will retain $900,000 to even out the cap hits in the trade. Both players have two years remaining on their contracts.
The trade sends Strome back to New York City after the Oilers acquired him from the New York Islanders in June of 2017. In 100 games with the Oilers, the 25-year-old has 14 goals and 36 points, but this season he has only one goal and two points in 18 games.
Spooner was acquired by the Rangers from the Bruins at last season’s trade deadline in a deal that sent Rick Nash to Boston. The 26-year-old also has one goal and two points this season in 16 games, and in 36 total games with the Rangers he had four goals and 18 points.