To no one’s surprise, both Tony DeAngelo and Ryan Strome have hit the trade rumors. This was expected, given their contract status and the Rangers’ current cap situation. It was also unlikely the Rangers re-sign all their key RFAs.
Frank Seravalli says that Henrik Lundqvist is probably headed for a buyout, which gives them $12M in dead space counting Shattenkirk’s buyout, that reduces Gorton’s spending power to nearly $68M, reason why he has RFAs DeAngelo and Strome on his trade bait list.
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) September 24, 2020
Both have long been rumored to be on the trade block, as both are going to have hefty salary increases. They are also both expected to get significant term on their expensive deals.
The eventual buyout of Henrik Lundqvist frees up *some* space. But the questions about Strome and DeAngelo stretch far beyond next season. If Jeff Gorton and David Quinn do not see these two in the long term future, then trading them now would be wise.
While the Ryan Strome and Tony DeAngelo trade rumors are connected to the Lundqvist buyout in this tweet, it likely isn’t the case. It was either $12 million in buyout cap hits, or $7 million in buyout cap hits plus $8 million for Lundqvist. They are related, but necessarily connected. Expect both Strome and DeAngelo to have their names in trade rumors for the next few weeks.