Today is the NHL’s trade deadline, and by 3pm today we will have a clearer picture of the Rangers’ future plans. Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Alex Georgiev, Tony DeAngelo, Brady Skjei, Marc Staal, and Ryan Strome have had their names mentioned in the trade rumor mill and there’s a change one or more won’t be wearing Rangers blue by 3pm today.
What We Know
We know nothing, Jon Snow.
What The Rumor Mill Says
A lot. Trade talks between the Rangers and Chris Kreider are breaking down. There are six Rangers on TSN’s trade bait list. There are rumors of a Skjei/Trocheck swap. There are rumors that Staal may actually be able to be traded. There are rumors that the Rangers may actually make difficult and unpopular decisions with Strome and DeAngelo. There are rumors with Henrik Lundqvist. There are rumors everywhere. It’s a little crazy.
The rumors are also around saying no one has interest in Marc Staal. For some reason, that isn’t surprising.
What We Don’t Know
For some unknown reason, Fast hasn’t been tied to anything directly. I guess that’s because he’s a fit everywhere and it’s easier to speculate when there are only a few teams to speculate. We also have no idea what the Rangers plan on doing with DeAngelo and Skjei. Logically speaking they are only keeping one, but logically speaking they can keep both if they simply move DeAngelo to the left side. It’s a fluid situation here.
We also have no idea what the Rangers are actually planning. There are so many variables here that it is impossible to even judge what they do/don’t do. What were contract demands? What are Gorton’s plans? What were the trade offers? Did Kreider actually run Price?