The Rangers have already been one of the more active teams this offseason with the hiring of Gerard Gallant as their new head coach. Yesterday, reports surfaced that they have added Mike Kelly and Gord Murphy to his staff but another big piece of information came out as well.
NHL Rumors: Rangers shopping Pavel Buchnevich
Frank Seravalli noted that the Rangers may be looking to trade RFA, Pavel Buchnevich. According to his report, he stated Chris Drury is talking with teams about a possible deal for the 26 year-old winger.
Buchnevich has developed into a top six winger. Last season, he scored 48 points in 54 games and is in line for a hefty pay raise from the $3.25 per year he earned.
So why would the Rangers even think about trading him? First off, they have two bright young stars in Kaapo Kakko and Vitali Kravtsov that play the right wing. Both are on ELC’s with cost control for next season. Buchnevich, could be granted a one year award from an arbitrator as high as almost $5 or $6 million, which Drury can opt to walk away from. That scenario is unlikely but must be presented.
What isn’t certain is if Buchnevich is being shopped, or in the course of conversations with other teams has been asked about. Regardless, his name is out on the market and he could be the center piece of a trade for a top center.
Steven Stamkos available?
Darren Dreger was on TSN1050 and mentioned during his spot that he is hearing Steven Stamkos’ name as a possible trade candidate out of Tampa.
The Lightning are celebrating back to back Cups knowing this is the last time this team will be together. They are way over the cap and changes are coming. Depending on if they can trade players like Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn, Tampa may be forced to think bigger. Why? Because Brayden Point will be a RFA after next season and Tampa wants to lock him up to an 8 year deal in the $9 million range and up.
So we could see Steven Stamkos waive his no trade clause as a means of helping his team one last time. Some believe it could happen. He has 3 more seasons at $8.5 million and would automatically go to the top of GM’s wishlists.
Kings interested in Tyler Bertuzzi
Red Wings forward, Tyler Bertuzzi is sad to be available and it looks like the Kings are interested in acquiring him. During a spot on NHL Network, David Pagnotta said, “He’s a player Detroit’s listening on. “L.A. has some very good young pieces that they’re willing to move to bring in young-calibre star talent in return.”
The 26 year-old winger has 126 points in his young career of 208 games. He spent almost all of last season on LTIR, and is coming off a deal that paid $3.5 million AAV. He is top-six material and fits perfectly into what the Kings are trying to build.