The New York Rangers were by all accounts passive on Day 1 of Free Agency despite being one of the top teams with cap space available. Instead they chose to make depth signings, the biggest of which was adding defenseman Patrik Nemeth to a 3 year deal deal with an AAV of $2.5 million.
Last night they also went out and traded for enforcer Ryan Reaves to plant a seed in the head of Tom Wilson or anyone else that liberties against their stars will not be tolerated. That trade only added $1.75 million to their cap and they still have $14 million to play with.
NHL Rumors: Rangers latest offer for Eichel
While Jack Eichel and his $10 million cap hit stews on the Sabres, GM Kevyn Adams is telling everyone that they feel no pressure to make a move. That doesn’t mean he isn’t feeling it, but publicly he’s portraying he’s in control.
Meanwhile, the Rangers who may be the only team still interested in making a trade for Eichel aren’t willing to bid against themselves. According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post he’s hearing the Rangers original package has changed, partially due to the Sabres need of a starting goalie.
There is a strong sense that Chytil would necessarily be included in a package going the other way in a hypothetical deal for Eichel, because the Sabres need a center in return and all that. But one individual with some knowledge of the proceedings told The Post on Thursday that the latest entreaty includes Vitali Kravtsov, Zac Jones, Alexandar Georgiev and a first-rounder, but not Chytil.NY Post
Yesterday, the Rangers signed Filip Chytil to a bridge deal worth $2.3 million for two seasons. Chris Drury is likely willing to move either Chris Kreider or Alexis Lafreniere to the right wing, but after trading Pavel Buchnevich is trying to keep Vitali Kravtsov to take his spot.
Hurricanes and Devils are in on Tarasenko
Reports indicated that prior to Brandon Saad signing with the Blues, both the Devils and Hurricanes were interested in his services. Now that they missed out, it’s possible St. Louis may see if Vladimir Tarasenko would interest them.
New Jersey and Carolina are two of the teams The Athletic reported Wednesday as having interest in Vladimir Tarasenko, perhaps this will spur trade talks between general manager Doug Armstrong and those clubs. There were signs Thursday that the New York Islanders could be back in the mix again, as well.The Athletic
Of the teams mentioned, I believe the NJ Devils would absolutely love to add Tarasenko to play with Jack Hughes. To date, the Devils are not on his 10 team trade list. The question is, would Tarasenko waive his no-move clause to play in Jersey? After acquiring Dougie Hamilton in free-agency he may change his mind.