The calm before the storm. When all seems quiet on the trade front for the New York Rangers, yet we know better. We know Jeff Gorton is working the phones and assessing the situation. Much has been speculated. We’ve seen rumors about Chris Kreider, Alex Georgiev, Jesper Fast, Henrik Lundqvist, Brady Skjei, Tony DeAngelo, and Ryan Strome. Yet nothing major has happened. Naturally, we here at BSB have some predictions.
Dave – Rangers will not make a big sell off
The Rangers are cruising right now, and they don’t want to disrupt that. The difference between this year and the previous two is that they are turning the corner and identifying pieces they want to keep around, and not just build to a future. For this, it means managing the cap and possibly holding out for better deals until the draft.
I think Fast is the first to go this weekend. The “where” is impossible for me to figure out because he’s a fit everywhere. Cost – a 2nd round pick.
Kreider will not be traded – he will be extended. Twitter will lose its collective mind.
All three RFAs (Strome, Georgiev, DeAngelo) will remain with the club, for now.
Lundqvist will not be traded.
Tyler – The UFAs are as good as gone, but don’t ask me for what
Kreider traded on deadline day to Colorado.
Fast traded over the weekend to Dallas.
DeAngelo/Strome/Georgiev all stay and are dealt with over the summer. Georgiev specifically on draft day I think.
Becky – Short and sweet
I think they re-sign Kreider, trade Fast, Strome, and someone from HFD (just to spice things up) and then deal Georgiev at the draft.
Rob – The blockbuster no one expected
Chris Kreider re-signs with the Rangers for 6 years, $7M AAV.
Jesper Fast is traded for a couple of mid-round draft picks.
Brady Skjei is traded in a “blockbuster” with Brett Howden and a draft pick that brings back a legitimate C with term. I’ve seen Vincent Trocheck’s name floated in rumors recently, so maybe it’s to Florida.
Karly – So long Kreider and no one else
Kreider is the only one who moves at the deadline — I think for a roster forward + first round pick + conditional pick. Past couple of years this deadline has been about selling, this is the move for the future as much as I’d love to see them try to make a run for a playoff spot.