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Rangers Will Be Sellers This Year, Rumored Names to Move

The New York Rangers are apparently going to be sellers again during the 2020-21 NHL season. Who is the most likely to be moved?

The New York Rangers will be an interesting team to watch this season. A hockey club that has publicly declared they are rebuilding, but also have signed big-name and high-profile stars like Artemi Panarin, they’re rebuilding differently than a lot of teams would. Not only that, but they won this year’s second-biggest prize when they landed Alexis Lafreniere in the NHL Draft Lottery (the first-biggest being the Stanley Cup). All that said, what approach will the Rangers take to building and/or upgrading their roster?

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In perhaps a bit of a surprising speculation, one scribe thinks the Rangers will be sellers again.

The Athletic’s Rick Carpinello writes that he expects the New York Rangers to be dumping off players by next year’s NHL trade deadline and among the names he’s mentioning could move are Ryan Strome, Tony DeAngelo, Brendan Smith, Jack Johnson and Pavel Bucknevich.

Carpiniello believes Strome will be the Rangers top trade asset, even if he’s not sure that trade happens this year, but just prior to his new two-year contract expiring. But, if Strome plays well with the aforementioned Panarin again, he could be a valuable piece in a deal and it’s not believed the Rangers are looking to hang onto Strome long-term.

The Other Rangers Trade Pieces

Outside of Strome, Carpiniello believes the Rangers might try to move Tony DeAngelo. The return could be a second-line center or a first-pair right-side blueliner, but that may be considered a polarizing move for Rangers fans considering the controversy DeAngelo has stirred up on social media over the past few weeks, but also his value as an offensive defenseman.

Tony DeAngelo and Artemi Panarin Rangers
Tony DeAngelo and Artemi Panarin Rangers

In the end, Carpiniello believes the Rangers are looking to dabble in the trade market. He writes that this is the time to use some of the assets GM Jeff Gorton has stockpiled (and perhaps a Buchnevich or a DeAngelo) to plug important holes.

There are good pieces in the Rangers system, but he writes, “the cavalry isn’t coming yet, though more of it could dribble in during the course of 2021.”

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