NHL Rumors: Rangers have offer for Nils Lundkvist, Jordan Kyrou extension, and Carey Price retirement?

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Today’s NHL Rumors takes a trip to New York City, then St. Louis, and finally across the border in Montreal.

New York Rangers training camp will open on September 21, and Nils Lundkvist is hoping he will be wearing a different uniform. His agent, Claude Lemieux revealed to me that they asked for a trade last season when he was sent down in favor of Braden Schneider in January.

“We did request a trade when Nils was sent down last year,” Lemieux said. “We hope something can get done in the next few weeks.”

Lundkvist, 22, was a 2018 first-round pick and has 4 points in 25 NHL games.

NHL Rumors: Nils Lundkvist trade

According to Arthur Staple of the Athletic, the Rangers have at least one offer for a second-round pick dating back to last season.

As for trades, two sources said that the Rangers have been offered a second-round pick for Lundkvist, an offer that’s been on the table since Claude Lemieux, Lundkvist’s agent, requested a trade before the deadline in March. It’s believed to be a high-second rounder — it was likely for the June draft from a team at the bottom of last season’s standings — and the sources indicated the offer of a second for next year’s draft is still good.

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Apparently, that team is still interested with the same offer on the table for the upcoming draft in 2023. Unfortunately, there is no real clarity regarding whom the team may be and whether or not it’s a low pick in that round.

Blues working on Jordan Kyrou extension

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Apr 28, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; St. Louis Blues center Jordan Kyrou (25) passes the puck against the Minnesota Wild in the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Strickland is reporting that that the St. Louis Blues and Jordan Kyrou are working on a new contract.

Kyrou, 24, recorded 75 points in 74 games during the 2021-22 season. The Blues second round pick in the 2016 draft is coming into his own and has 122 points in 173 contests.

Next summer, Kyrou will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. His current cap hit is $2.8M AAV.

Carey Price retirement post?

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Jul 2, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) defends the net against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game three of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Did Carey Price just post an unofficial retirement note?

That seems to be the consensus by many who saw the Instagram message with a photo of him hanging his hat up. It also reads: “I just want to thank everyone who has been supportive over the past few weeks, months, and years. It has been a very emotional time for myself. Merci. GO HABS GO.”

Price, 35, had a difficult campaign battling injuries suffered during the Habs Stanley Cup run in 2021. After having offseason knee surgery, he entered the league’s NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. It caused him to miss almost the entirety of the 2021-2022 campaign as he was only able to appear in five games. The 15 year veteran, all with Montreal, posted a 1-4-0 record with a 3.63 GAA and .878 SV%.

During the summer, Habs GM Kent Hughes told the media that he didn’t expect Price to be able to play this upcoming season. There’s been rampant speculation that he may retire since.

He’s been placed on LTIR, giving the Habs $10.5 million in cap relief.