NHL Rumors: Rangers in on Patrik Laine, Bruins tried to move Tuukka Rask, and more
The words of Patrik Laine are still reverberating around the league from his first presser after a full offseason of trade rumors.
“I’m here, aren’t I?”
We’ve heard that the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets are hot on his tail, but enter the New York Rangers.
NHL Rumors: Rangers in on Patrik Laine?
Pierre Lebrun did a feature for The Athletic talking to anonymous executives about the current situation in Columbus and Winnipeg. In particular, how they would handle the trade demands of Pierre-Luc Dubois and Patrik Laine.
“I honestly think because of the ilk of the player, and the price, I got to believe it’ll be a three-way deal between the Jets, the agent and the team that gets him,” one anonymous exec told Lebrun. “They have to do a sign-and-trade, I think.”
“And the kid and the agent will want to make sure they have the money and the location,” the exec explained. “I don’t know about Jersey, but I got to believe the Islanders and Rangers would be taking a run at him.”
Here’s what I was told just a week ago by a well placed source, the Rangers have too many highly rated prospects and all are not going to play here. The expectation is if they don’t make a move at this deadline, the Rangers will be aggressive in the offseason.
That means taking a lot of their young prospects and acquiring bonafide NHL stars like Patrik Laine.
NHL Rumors: Tuukka Rask was shopped this offseason by Boston
Zdeno Chara is gone and you are starting to get the sense that the Boston Bruins are moving toward getting younger. The 34 year-old Tuukka Rask left the team after Return-To-Play action began. GM Don Sweeney said that it was all taken care of and moving on.
Today we learn that the Bruins were trying to move him. According to Pierre Lebrun, “There were whispers around the league that Bruins GM Don Sweeney was taking calls on Rask in the offseason.”
Depending on how things shake out this season for the B’s he could be a trade deadline candidate. He will be a UFA next summer.