Three questions for the mailbag this week. There was a fourth regarding Filip Chytil, but I answered it in my Chytil post last week. As always, use the widget on the right to send us questions for the mailbag.
Ben asks: What is the deadline for William Nylander to sign? If the Rangers trade for his rights after the deadline, can they sign him and have him play this season? How would that impact his trade value?
The deadline for Nylander to sign anywhere this season is December 1. After that, Nylander cannot play at all this season, anywhere. Even if the Rangers were to acquire him, they would not be able to have him play.
As for his trade value, I’m not sure it would impact it too much. I believe teams would be creative though. For example, if I’m the Rangers, trading for Nylander after 12/1, I would most certainly not include 2019’s first round pick. Whereas acquiring him beforehand might require that pick.
Jake From Statefarm asks: Has Tony DeAngelo done enough to stay in the lineup when the Rangers are healthy?
First things first, A+ name.
DeAngelo has done enough, at least in my mind, to stay in the lineup over Adam McQuaid. McQuaid offers little other than a veteran presence and potential deadline fodder. DeAngelo was a key piece the Rangers got in the Derek Stepan trade, is still young, is talented, and still has enough skill to hopefully put it all together and be a useful piece for the future. DeAngelo may not be more than a decent third pairing guy who specializes on the powerplay, but without playing him, the team will never know. He may not pan out either, that’s a real possibility. But he’s earned his time to prove himself.
Dave asks: How long is Lias Andersson going to be with the club?
Short answer: As long as there is a spot open and he is playing well.
Long answer: Brett Howden’s injury forced the Andersson call up. In theory, when he’s better, Andersson comes out of the lineup. However Andersson had a strong game the other night. If he continues to play well, the club likely won’t just send him down because Howden is ready. Because what? Cody McLeod is needed? To keep Ryan Spooner around?
Ideally, the Rangers have all three of Chytil, Howden, and Andersson playing significant time with the club by the end of the season. That will be the sign of a truly successful season in the first year of a rebuild.