Trade Deadline: New York Rangers Edition
The countdown is on! The February 24th trade deadline is rapidly approaching and the New York Rangers are gearing up for, what could be, a fun trade deadline. We’ve already seen a couple trades go down ahead of the deadline.
- February 5th: Toronto Maple Leafs sent Trevor Moore, a 2020 3rd round pick and a 2021 conditional 3rd round pick* to Los Angeles for Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford (50% salary retained) *Conditions: The 2021 3rd round pick upgrades to a 2nd round pick if either Kyle Clifford re-signs with Toronto OR if the Leafs make the 2019-20 playoffs and Jack Campbell wins 6 regular season games.
- February 10th: Pittsburgh Penguins sent Alex Galchenyuk, Cale Addison and a conditional 2020 1st round pick* to Minnesota for Jason Zucker. *Conditions: If Pittsburgh misses the 2019-20 playoffs, Pittsburgh has the option to send their 2021 1st round pick instead.
As expected, the rumor mill is flowing and the New York Rangers are not immune. Seeing the Rangers as sellers at the deadline is no surprise, but some of the names that have been mentioned might be. There have been rumors of up to five Rangers that could be on the move before the deadline passes.
Let’s take a look at those players..
- 2019-2020 stats: 54 GP – 22G / 18A / +8 / 58 PIM / 13 PPP / 136 SOG / 16.2 sh% / 36 Blocks / 99 Hits / 17:30 ATOI
Kreider leads many trade bait lists this year. Ahead of names like Tyler Toffoli or Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Kreider stands out because he has the offensive upside of a 25-30 goal scoring forward, along with the the grittier aspects of the game. He is a tough power forward that doesn’t shy away from hits, battles for the puck, and has a nice shot that can produce goals. While contract negotiations are open between him and New York, I think Kreider will get a better contract if he goes into free agency at the end of the season. When looking at a return for a Kreider trade, look to the deal that sent Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets last year. It’s likely to be similar, a first round pick and either a B level prospect or mid-level NHL ready forward.
Likelihood of being moved: High
Possible destinations: Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues
- 2019-2020 stats: 54 GP – 8G / 16A / +13 / 16 PIM / 64 SOG / 12.5 sh% / 40 Blocks / 97 Hits / 16:24 ATOI
Fast’s impact won’t be found on the stat sheet often. He is a high energy, physical, bottom-six forward that sets the tone when he is on the ice. The way he plays the game would be an asset to any contending team. If he gets moved, he would be a third line, depth forward that would keep the pressure on opposing teams. Possible return could be a third round pick for Fast. Is it worth it? Doubtful.
Likelihood of being moved: Low
Possible Destinations: Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers
- 2019-2020 stats: 25 GP – 23 starts / 12-11-1 record / .908 sv% / 3.12 GAA / 765 Shots Against / 2 Shutouts
Georgiev has had a solid season for a backup goaltender, especially given that he’s been thrown into NY’s three-headed monster crew. Georgiev, Igor Shesterkin and Henrik Lundqvist have been rotating starts since early January. With the team unsure about what next season will look like, the asking price is reportedly quite high. That leads one to believe that the Rangers want Georgiev as part of their future. Suitors won’t likely be playoff contenders, more likely teams starting the rebuild process. Possible asking price for Georgiev is a first round pick and a top prospect.
Likelihood of being moved: Mid
Possible destinations: San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens
- 2019-2020 stats: 55 GP – 13G / 34A / +13 / 40 PIM / 13 PPP / 107 SOG / 12.1 sh% / 21 Blocks / 32 Hits / 19:28 ATOI
On pace for a career year, Strome seems to be an ideal sell-high candidate. The only downside is that he is playing alongside Artemi Panarin. Obviously, playing on a line with an elite talent usually brings a spike in production. See J.T. Miller in Vancouver as a good example. But Strome is a RFA at the end of season, and is already making $3.1M. A significant raise could be on the horizon, one that the Rangers may balk at doling out. Possible return for Strome could be a second round pick.
Likelihood of being moved: Low/Mid
Possible destinations: Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers
- 2019-2020 stats: 55 GP – 13G / 29A / +10 / 43 PIM / 14 PPP / 114 SOG / 11.4 sh% / 45 Blocks / 40 Hits / 18:59 ATOI
Like Strome, DeAngelo is setting career-highs this year. Finally coming into his own as an offensive defensemen, DeAngelo is almost forcing the Rangers hand. Why would the Rangers entertain the thought of moving a 24-year-old defensemen producing at his level? Mainly because he is a RFA at the end of the season, and the Rangers have Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox on the right side already. Having one of these three on the third pairing seems wasteful. Trade one, DeAngelo, and make room for the prospects they have coming up. A return for DeAngelo is curious. It’s possible we see a second round pick and a player, but DeAngelo’s vocal political opinions have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Teams shying away from an outspoken figure wouldn’t be a huge surprise.
Likelihood of being moved: Mid/High
Possible destinations: Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, Vegas Golden Knights
New York Rangers at the Trade Deadline
While we hope to see some action from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline, don’t expect a flurry of activity. Jeff Gorton and crew won’t be making trades just to make them. They have a clear vision of what they want to happen. So far it’s been going well. I hope they can continue and finalize this rebuild to get the Rangers into a playoff contender role next season. Only time will tell, but the future is already looking bright. Let’s see how they close out this season.
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