Spoke w/@NYRangers prospect Morgan Barron this weekend. Barron and the NYR have spoken about entry level deal, but the virus outbreak has been issue. Barron wants to take his time before making decision. Not opposed to heading back to Cornell @SPECNewsCNY #playlikeanewyorker #NYR pic.twitter.com/m8e25nANGn
— JOHN JOHNSON II (@TheRealJKJ) April 13, 2020
From a contract perspective, this makes sense. Barron just finished his junior season, his best in the NCAA this season. For Barron, it’s best to capitalize on his contract now since the only thing that can happen in his senior year is losing production leverage. The obvious counterpoint to that is that if he decides to go back for a senior season, the Rangers would be on the clock to sign him or else he becomes a UFA.
For the Rangers, they need forward depth in Hartford, and landing one of their better forward prospects, who projects as a strong bottom-six option in the NHL, would be an important add for the Wolf Pack. Currently their best forward is Vitali Kravtsov, and he may be with the Rangers next season.
The timing seems perfect for both sides. Once (if?) the COVID-19 fallout comes to a close, we should see them hammer something out relatively quickly.