Vitali Kravtsov, the Rangers 9th overall selection in 2018, is speculated to be considering a return to the KHL, per Igor Eronko:
Hearing Vitali Kravtsov considers a return to the KHL. Has a European assignment clause in his contract #NYR
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) October 16, 2019
It is worth noting a bunch of things here. First is that no Rangers beat writer has confirmed this. Second is that this is the same guy who said the Rangers signed Ilya Kovalchuk a couple summers ago. Third, this comes just two weeks and four games into the AHL season. Fourth, the timing is the day after Brendan Smith is moved to the third line. Fifth, anyone with any sense of critical thinking and thought process dismissed this.
I wouldn’t even count this as a rumor. This is likely an agent trying to leverage a development situation for Kravtsov –who has been a healthy scratch in Hartford already– into an NHL job for his client. Instead of mailing everyone my vacation photos, I’m saving a ton of time by posting them to my wall. That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works."Speculation (not even a rumor yet): Vitali Kravtsov considering a return to KHL",