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Scribe Argues New York Rangers Target Different Forward, Not Jack Eichel

While the New York Rangers are rumored to be a favorite in any Jack Eichel trade, perhaps Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk is a better fit.

While the hockey world watches the drama unfold in Buffalo and many believe the New York Rangers will be front and center in any possible trade discussions, one scribe is arguing that Eichel is probably not the ideal target. Instead, Larry Brooks of the New York Post believes the Rangers should stick with Mika Zibanejad at center and add Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk.

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Granted, there hasn’t been talk that Tkachuk is even available. But, speculation is that the Flames will be doing some major offseason work and that changes are coming. Tkachuk is not exempt from those conversations. Brooks argues, the Rangers need to do far more than improve on the margins. He says, “I believe they need to hunt for big game to change the dynamic of their top six, and yes, of course if there is any way to pry Matthew Tkachuk out of Calgary that should become Drury’s singular obsession.”

Matthew Tkachuk Calgary Flames 1
Matthew Tkachuk Calgary Flames 1

Acknowledging that the cost to land Tkachuk would be huge, it wouldn’t be as much as the cost to add Eichel and it would allow the Rangers to potentially move forward without having to send Igor Shesterkin, Adam Fox or Alexis Lafreniere the other way. Brooks also doesn’t believe the players like Artemi Panarin, Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Jacob Trouba are what the Flames need to make their own dramatic improvements.

So Who Would the Rangers Have to Trade?

Brooks says new GM Chris Drury will have to look hard at players like Kaapo Kakko and K’Andre Miller and ask himself if he’s willing to trade either to really make a splash. Brooks says, “the Rangers are going to have to trade someone they don’t want to sacrifice in order to get a transformational top-six player.”

Obviously, Drury would prefer to move a player like Filip Chytil, Pavel Buchnevich, Vitali Kravtsov, Zac Jones, Nils Lundkvist along with a combination of future first-rounders. He just doesn’t believe that would get it done.

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