Irresponsible Rumormongering

Friedman: Kevin Hayes and Columbus, Zuccarello and Dallas?

Elliotte Friedman, in his always fun 31 Thoughts article this week, threw out two new teams that could be in the hunt for Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello. Friedman implied that the Blue Jackets will pursue Hayes heavily if they don’t land Matt Duchene, while his mentioning of Dallas on Zuccarello was more about kicking the tires.

Starting with Columbus and what they can give for Hayes, the obvious is their 1st round pick. I’m unsure if their 2019 1st would be on the table because they already traded their 2nd rounder this year, but their 2020 1st, in a much deeper draft, might be on the table. That’s good.

If the Rangers are indeed targeting defensemen again, which appears to be the case after the Darren Raddysh trade, then I can see the Blueshirts targeting defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov, Columbus’ 6th round pick in 2015. The 23-year-old Gavrikov plays with Igor Shestyorkin on SKA St. Petersburh in the KHL, with a line of 5-15-20 in 58 games. Hes a big defender that skates well and has mobility, but he’s not the best puck mover. Gavrikov would be someone the Rangers can likely slot into the lineup next year if he comes over with Shestyorkin.

If the Rangers are going for elite potential –and assuming Kirill Marchenko is unavailable in this type of trade– then I’d prefer Liam Foudy. Foudy’s skating is on the elite level, and his speed causes problems, especially in the transition game. His hands don’t match his feet though. But the potential is there.

As for Dallas, they have both 1sts (2019, 2020) and this year’s 2nd available. I am still of the belief that Zuccarello’s trade value is a 1st + decent prospect or a 2nd + good prospect. In the latter scenario, I’d hope the Rangers go after Denis Gurianov, but I don’t know if that’s realistic. I say Gurianov over Roope Hintz because Hintz has stuck in the lineup in Dallas, while Gurianov has been yo-yo’d. Gurianov has the higher ceiling, but Hintz seems to be more steady.

In the lower tier, there is Jason Robertson, whose stock has risen with a strong WJC. We know how the Rangers like to target players that had strong WJC Tournaments (Libor Hajek the most recent example). I can see Robertson and either a 1st or a 2nd.

It’s a weird trade deadline thus far because Columbus is now the 80th team linked to Hayes, and Dallas the 50th team to check in on Zuccarello. Obviously there’s hyperbole here, but both have been linked to a bunch of different teams and nothing is concrete. The market may move once Matt Duchene is traded, and possibly Mark Stone. Jeff Gorton may need to wait this out.

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  • It’s a buyer’s market until it isn’t. We need to be patient and we need to at least consider resigning Hayes.

  • I think you are misunderstanding the Raddysh-Holland trade. Hartford has suffered several injuries on the blue line and have resorted to PTOs just to have enough bodies. It is often the case that an AHL trade happens because one team needs a defensemen and another needs a forward. Maybe the Rangers think Raddysh is an actual prospect, but not necessarily. There’s a good chance he is just a healthy AHL defenseman.

    • Obviously the Rangers weren’t all that interested in resigning Holland for next year, or can do so as a UFA. Raddysh is most definitely a prospect (and a righty). Chicago was the one with a need, Hartford isn’t making the playoffs so it really doesn’t make that much of a difference if they use one more ECHL d’man or one less IMO.

  • I keep reading that San Jose may want Zucc. Unclear on Hayes, but I think the market needs to move forward with Duchene before Hayes gets a nibble.

  • I was looking at Dallas last night. I think there’s a salary dump opportunity here is we look to send Zucc there, as well as a trade opportunity. If we would take back Spezza (modified NMC) , his contract expires this year and/or Nishushkin who has a year left after this season at $2,95M maybe we can get a first from Dallas this year and a 2nd next year? and something else pretty good? Gurianov? And maybe include going the other way, Brendan Smith at partially retained salary? Nishushkin has been a bust since coming back from the KHL. He could be an interesting reclamation project. Although I am not so sure he can be fixed. But i’d take a flyer. If you get him and Smith on the same page Cap Space wise that would be a push. Maybe I am being too optimistic here, but if we are talking Dallas we should think bigger.

    • I would grab Nichushkin in a heart beat along with either a real good prospect or a 1st. He’s the perfect reclamation project.

      • Tanto – I have been advocating a Nichushkin acquisition for a couple of years. At this point though I would not overpay for him

        He seems to be is one of those with endless potential who never seems to find it. At least not yet. Or is it nyet?

        I think he could be an interesting component of next year’s Russian Rangers.

        I know you and I differ on Hayes/Zucc – so if he is a throw-in to a Hayes deal then I’m good with it.

        • Same, I really liked him ever since his rookie year. He doesn’t need to be a throw in, but he has to be a secondary component.

          Re: Hayes/Zucc, it just all depends. I don’t have a problem either way as long as the value received is high quality … but if the market is even remotely soft and Gorton has to settle for someone other than his particular target, then I say sign him — as long as you have a way to trade him.

  • Im not a pro on who to trade for, we need a top D pair, larger bodies that can skate. So picks and prospects that fit that mold.
    Going to hard seein ZUCC leave,

  • I’ll wait until next Monday afternoon to express my thoughts on the trade results!!!!!!!
    As of now this is all speculation, and rumors, so why get excited?????????

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