"We have a plan in place and nothing that came along was going to add to what we wanted to do."
— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) April 12, 2021
This was relatively expected, as the Rangers weren’t god enough to be buyers but didn’t have many assets worth selling. The expansion draft threw a wrinkle into all this, as anyone of value the Rangers might trade would need to be protected. I’d expect the floodgates to open after Seattle makes their picks.
The only action today was confirmation that Tony DeAngelo would be a summer time buyout and the signing of Zac Jones to an ELC. There were rumblings that the Rangers might be able to facilitate a trade with their cap space, but nothing ever materialized.
The Rangers deciding to stand pat and not make moves this trade deadline is probably the right move. The only player worth something, Brendan Smith, probably has more value in the locker room than whatever 2023 mid-round pick they might get.