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More Cam Talbot stuff from Darren Dreger, who noted that the Oilers offered two second round picks in exchange for the goalie. Update: Sorry, I misunderstood. Dreger said the Oilers were not the team that offered two seconds. But a team did offer it. Glen Sather/Jeff Gorton turned down that offer, and are trying to land a first round pick, the #16 overall, but the Oilers haven’t bitten yet.

Mark Spector thinks that the Oilers are more likely to deal the #33 pick and “something else.” My guess is that this will eventually be settled for the #33 and a forward prospect.

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Dreger: Rick Nash trade highly unlikely

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Per Darren Dreger, a trade of Rick Nash is highly unlikely. There had been some rumblings that the Rangers were going to move Nash, but it was mostly speculation. Nash has the highest cap hit on a New York Rangers team that needs to clear cap space. However, there are much smarter ways to go about clearing cap space than dealing the team’s top goal scorer. The full video is below.

Dreger also discusses the Cam Talbot sweepstakes in the video. Talbot is discussed around the three-minute mark, Nash at the four-minute mark.

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Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are expected to move Cam Talbot this week leading up to the draft. Edmonton has been the overwhelming front runner, but the perceived interest from San Jose, Buffalo, and Dallas has driven his price tag up. I initially had a Talbot trade to Edmonton returning a prospect and Montreal’s 2nd (#57 overall), but Talbot may actually fetch a first round pick.

No matter which way you slice it, the Rangers are going to trade Cam Talbot, which is the right move for the organization and Talbot.

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Is it time to sell high on Klein?

It’s no secret that the New York Rangers are in a bit of a cap crunch. They are already deep in conversations to clear $1.45 million by trading Cam Talbot, but even that’s not enough to sign their four key RFAs. The blue line for the Rangers currently costs them $25.925 million, which is relatively absurd. Out of those contracts, the only one that seems remotely moveable is Kevin Klein.

Klein’s contract is actually pretty cap friendly, with three years remaining at a $2.9 million cap hit. What makes him more appealing for budget teams is that after Klein’s $3 million salary this year, it drops to $2.75 million for the last two years of the deal. That makes him even more marketable to budget teams that need to save money every step of the way.

Klein is coming off a career year, where he scored nine goals and added 17 assists for 26 points. He also finished a whopping +24, which for some reason still means something to some GMs. For the first three months of the season, Klein was arguably the Rangers’ best defenseman.

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Two quick rumors for you this morning:

  • Larry Brooks has noted the Rangers are out of the running for free agent defenseman Mike Reilly, who went unsigned by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Reilly was a fourth round pick of the Jackets, and has the potential to be a second pairing guy with great PP skills. Oh well, this was always a long shot.
  • Darren Dreger noted that Cam Talbot is drawing significant interest from the Oilers, Flames, Sharks, Stars, and Panthers. This works in the Rangers favor, as they can get a bit more for Talbot than initially anticipated. Talbot’s performance while filling in for Henrik Lundqvist is the reason for the interest, but the contract is also playing a large role. It may actually be possible for the Rangers to land a first round pick in a trade, which I didn’t think to be possible prior.
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Another day, another dump of rumors. Today the rumors are on Rick Nash and Phil Kessel:

  • Elliotte Freidman speculated that he can see Buffalo targeting Rick Nash. Tim Murray likes to make a splash, and has the assets to turn Buffalo around pretty quickly. He acquired Evander Kane using some of those assets. I put this under speculation and just spit-balling, as opposed to an actual rumor.
  • Friedman also noted that Cam Talbot is the #1 choice of teams looking for cap-friendly potential starters. Good news for the Rangers.
  • Phil Kessel has listed the Rangers as one of eight teams he will accept a trade to. The Rangers have no cap space. This isn’t happening.
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Larry Brooks had a bit of a “brain” dump today in his daily NY Post article. After a page and a half rant on the Phoenix Glendale Arizona TBD Coyotes, and how they are just a money-suck for the NHL, Bettman got into a few tidbits about the Rangers. To summarize (and perhaps save you some reading time):

  • It’s all but a certainty that the Rangers trade Cam Talbot at the draft. They are going to try and get draft picks, which makes sense. It’s been rumored that the Oilers are willing to part with the #16 pick for Talbot. Personally, I think that’s an overpayment, but Cory Schneider got the #9 overall pick. So what do I know?
  • The Rangers also targeted Shane Doan at the trade deadline last year, after landing Keith Yandle. Talks didn’t get far, but this was the second time Slats tried to get Doan, after trying to get him as a free agent in 2012. Doan is 39, on the last year of his deal at $5.25 million, and has declining production each of the last four seasons. Please stay away.
  • Dan Boyle will be back next year. He isn’t retiring and he isn’t requesting a trade. He was far from the biggest problem on the blue line anyway, and while his production decreased, he was still effective at moving the play up the ice. In the proper setting (sheltered OZ starts), he should be fine. Deployment is key.
  • Martin St. Louis won’t be back in New York. The final tally from that trade: Ryan Callahan, two 1st round picks (2014, 2015) and a 7th round pick (2015) for MSL and a 2nd round pick (2015). The Rangers went to the Stanley Cup Final and Eastern Conference Final in his 1+ years on Broadway.
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Per Alex Nunn, the Rangers are showing interest in 22-year-old Czech defenseman Vojtech Mozik. A rough translation of the original article here:

Additionally, you are dealing with yet another dilemma.New York Rangers will offer two-way contract.What about your future?
These are good issues. They watch me longer period of time, I’ve been there twice at the camp. We’ll see how everything goes. A few days ago ended in a playoff, in a few days everything should be resolved.If staying in Pilsen, whether or interest Rangers take on.

If the offer will be valid, you decided to leave?
Furt drilled me in the head, it’s a tough decision. In Pilsen is a super team, I’ve got a great environment, I get a lot of space on the ice. But the NHL will probably refuse. Yet even now I do not want to say either yes or not.

Mozik attended Rangers prospect camp in 2013 and 2014, and has apparently impressed enough to possibly earn an entry-level deal.

Mozik, a right-handed shot on the point, put up 10-19-29 in 51 games with Plzen HC in the Czech league this season, an improvement on his 8-6-14 performance the prior season.

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Eklund had a decent idea.

No, the blog hasn’t been hacked – I meant to write that. As whispers continue to grow that the Rangers are indeed seriously considering trading Rick Nash, the frequently mocked rumormonger “reported” that a potential destination for New York’s top forward could be the Detroit Red Wings for a package including Gustav Nyquist and draft picks.

Trading away a Hart Trophy contender is still likely a last resort for a club that has been just a few wins from the Stanley Cup in each of the last two seasons, but it’s also a move that the organization has to at least consider given the salary cap crunch. The Blueshirts barely have enough cash to keep their core together, let alone improve the roster with additions. And after getting so close to the top of the mountain in three of the last four seasons, there will again be the temptation to shake things up to avoid plateauing.

Which brings us to the aforementioned proposal. There are no sources cited nor any credible publications that have made the Nash/Detroit connection, so this is simply spit balling. That said – if momentum builds within the front office for a Nash deal, then that hypothetical trade makes a lot of sense for both sides. Read More→

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Some quick notes that broke over the weekend:

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