Rangers give Vitali Kravtsov permission to seek trade
Hearing NYR have given Vitali Kravtsov permission to contact other clubs in seek of a trade. Kravtsov did not make the Opening Day roster.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 12, 2021
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.