Ryan Strome free agency

In his post-draft interview, Jeff Gorton was rather candid. When asked about the Ryan Strome qualifying offer, Gorton stated that a trade was being sought instead.

This is what was assumed when news got out that Strome wasn’t qualified initially. After all, it didn’t make much sense to just let him walk as an unrestricted free agent. That was never in the cards, and would have been horrible asset management.

A qualifying offer simply kicks the can down the road. The Rangers will still have time to work out a trade for Ryan Strome, which appears to be their preferred path. The Blueshirts have a restrictive, but not horrific, cap situation. It looks like Strome will be at least one casualty.