Per Frank Seravalli, the NY Rangers are again a “team to watch” for Patrick Kane. This is once again something that would take time to develop, as there is simply no cap space. The Rangers bank cap space throughout the season, and if push comes to shove, we’ve seen how they will jump through hoops to make it work.
Seravalli’s reasoning is that the Rangers “gave up a lot to acquire him” and they feel there is unfinished business. He is just spitballing, and the Rangers are always going to be mentioned when it comes to Kane. The locker room reacted well to him, per Seravalli, and he provides more than just one-hip scoring.
That said, this doesn’t pass the sniff test. Not only do the Rangers not have cap space, one injury would limit their cap space even more. We saw how ill-timed injuries torpedoed all of the Rangers chemistry and vibes heading into the playoffs last year, and we’d like to think they learned their lesson.
Also, where exactly would he play? Both Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere are off to good starts in the top six. If they continue to play well, they won’t be moved to make room for Kane. Blake Wheeler is the only player in a scoring role that could be sacrificed to make room for Kane, but that would require him falling off a cliff. He’s also a 35+ contract, so retiring doesn’t remove his cap hit (I think).
Again, this really doesn’t pass the sniff test, at least at this point in the season.