Karl Henriksson has signed a three year contract in Sweden after just two years in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Henriksson, the Rangers 2nd round pick in 2019, had a decent season in Hartford with an 11-12-23 line in 64 games, an improvement on 7-10-17 in 70 games the prior year. But it was clear he was never really an NHL option and was pushed further down the depth chart with the emergence of Matt Rempe and Adam Edstrom.

And with that, the Ryan McDonagh trade tree is getting smaller and smaller. The Rangers still have Noah Laba and Kalle Vaisanen as part of the trade tree, plus a 4th round pick in 2025 as part of the Nils Lundkvist trade. It’s not much, but it’s still something. Laba in particular is looking like he could be a diamond in the rough.

Still, this isn’t what you want from trading the best player in a fire sale. With Karl Henriksson gone, the Rangers are now relying on mid-round picks to salvage anything from that disaster of a trade.

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