Vitali Kravtsovs role with the Rangers

Per Elliotte Friedman, the NY Rangers have given forward and former 9th overall pick Vitali Kravtsov permission to seek a trade.

Per Friedman, Kravtsov did not make the team out of camp. On the podcast this morning (go listen!), the three of us thought that Kravtsov’s demotion was just a paper move for the Tom Wilson game, and he would be back in the lineup for opening night. It looks like that is not the case.

I am unsure what exactly the Rangers saw or didn’t see in Kravtsov over this preseason. However this is Gerard Gallant’s call that he didn’t make the team this year. I have faith in Gallant, even if I don’t agree with not even giving him a shot.

Makes you wonder why they traded Pavel Buchnevich, especially now since they could use another scoring RW. This has become a mess very quickly. It’s highly unlikely the Rangers recoup anything of value for Kravtsov in a trade now.


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