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Why Rangers Are Looking at Trading Pavel Buchnevich

Despite having a career year, the New York Rangers are reportedly considering trading forward Pavel Buchnevich.

For years, it has been evident that Pavel Buchnevich has a boat load of talent, so after a 2020-21 season in which he set a career high in points with 48 in just 54 games it would seem like he should be a main piece of this New York Rangers team moving forward. However, that may not be the case.

According to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, the Rangers are considering moving the skilled 26-year-old winger. Clearly the issue isn’t talent, and it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with character either. Instead, they simply just may not be able to afford him.

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Buchnevich is coming off of a two year, $6.5 million deal and has earned himself a significant raise. His arbitration rate if the Rangers want to qualify him would be $4.54 million, but as Seravalli mentions, he has played well enough to earn plenty more than that. This is a team who already has some lucrative contracts in Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba, and has to worry about re-signing goaltender Igor Shesterkin this offseason and Mika Zibanejad the next. While unfortunate, Buchnevich may have priced himself out of town.

Significant Interest in Buchnevich

If the Rangers do decide to shop Buchnevich this offseason, there will be several teams who inquire about him. One in particular may be the Calgary Flames, who are reportedly looking to add a top six winger into their lineup for next season.

Another potential option would be the Edmonton Oilers. Although Buchnevich is mainly a right winger and the Oilers top priority is on the left side, he would be a clear upgrade over the Oilers right side currently in Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto, Josh Archibald and Zack Kassian. They would certainly have to keep their salary cap situation in mind given yesterday’s acquisition in Duncan Keith, but this could be a fit if the Rangers do look to move him.

These two certainly wouldn’t be the only clubs interested either, and for good reason. Buchnevich is just beginning to come into his prime, and has already broken the 20-goal mark twice in his career. He should command a decent return as well, meaning even though the Rangers are losing a very good player they should get a nice piece back. This will be a situation to monitor over the offseason.

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