As the New York Rangers sit eight points back of the second wild card spot, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post recently speculated that New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton could be a major seller heading into this year’s NHL Trade Deadline. He writes:
Another sell-off as in the previous two seasons — and another nosedive — can be expected. With attractive trade chips in Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Ryan Strome and possibly goalie Alexandar Georgiev, who knows what the roster will look like on the other side of the deadline.
This will be the second year in a row the Rangers are a team to watch, moving parts that will make another team stronger for a playoff push but hopefully stockpile their organization with draft picks and prospects.
This reports comes after news that Gorton has been shopping Lias Andersson around the NHL with virtually no luck. Andersson walked on the organization after feeling as though he was being mistreated and requested a trade. The team has been trying to make one happen but there are few franchises looking to take on a player who’s produced very little in the NHL and already has a reputation as ready to walk when the chips don’t fall his way.
The Post has been told by individuals with knowledge of the situation that there has been little interest shown in the No. 7-overall selection of the 2017 draft. The 21-year-old Andersson has recorded nine points (3-6) in 66 NHL games while posting 39 points (15-24) in 74 career AHL contests.
Other Rangers Shouldn’t Be So Tricky
The other names now being added to the list of possible assets being made available should be a bit easier to move. Chris Kreider’s reputation speaks for itself. A proven scorer, there will be teams interested in his services as either a rental or potential acquisition turned extension. If the latter is on the agenda for the team that acquires him, look for that team to have sizable cap space for next season.
The team shouldn’t have much trouble findhing homes for Jesper Fast, Ryan Strome, and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev either, should they so choose.
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