The New York Rangers are just 13 games away from the trade deadline, meaning in about a month there are going to be significant changes made to a team who sits 25th in the league and 11 points out of the second wild card with 4 teams in front of them.
This year, for the most part, has been pretty productive. First off, we see that Filip Chytil is an NHL player who will only continue to get better as time goes on. Defenseman Adam Fox has put on a pretty stellar rookie campaign along with his partner Ryan Lindgren. Kaapo Kakko hasn’t took over the NHL like some of us thought he would but don’t worry, it’s going to happen and that is something to look forward to. Brett Howden has looked worlds better on the wing than in the middle and Artemi Panarin might end up being the most electric player in New York Rangers history. With all this good surrounding the team, it is important to recognize the trade deadline is coming and some of your favorite players will be on the move.
What a wild ride it’s been with number 20. Chris Kreider has the ability to take over games whether it be with his speed or his physicality but you never ever know what you’re going to get. Yes, he has played well of late but how many times has this happened in his career? I feel like every time you go to buy in on him he’ll go 10-15 games without doing practically anything. While most people want to keep him, and I do understand why, you need to move him at the deadline. We are still in a rebuild and I believe there are more secure/ beneficial things to be spending our money on just a few years from now. I don’t know what the return will be for a player like Kreider but if he shows up in the playoffs like the 5 minutes he did against Ottawa, whoever gets him will have added themselves quite the game changer.
I hate the fact that he will be dealt. In terms of the expansion draft and just having an over abundance of goalies, it’s a no brainer that Georgiev will be on the move. He’s downright stolen games for us this year and might end up being a very very good number one goalie. Reports came out not that long ago that the Rangers wanted more than a Kasperi Kapanen type player and that blew my mind. Maybe this is just the Rangers trying to pipe up their young net minder? In my opinion, I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s dealt for like a second rounder. This is all speculative but I’m down thinking the Rangers are going to ‘fleece’ someone so I’ll take the safe bet. No-one knows the market other than the guys running the teams so with 40 I’d just tell you to lower your expectations.
Larry Brooks came out with a report today talking about how Fast very well might be on the move. Fast has been a Swiss army knife for the boys ever since he came into the league. He can play on any line, in any situation and is regarded as one of the better defensive forwards in the league. When there is 2 minutes left in a one goal game and you need to get the puck out of the zone, you can almost always count on Jesper. Whatever team scoops up Quickie will almost certainly button up their bottom 6 in the quest for the cup.
There are other names like Strome and DeAngelo that people continue to talk about but I don’t see it happening. Tony DeAngelo has grown into an outstanding young defenseman and Ryan Strome might have found a home next to Artemi Panarin in the New York.
Dealing players of this quality will hurt for sure. The Rangers will have to juggle lines but players like Kaapo Kakko and hell, even Vitali Kravtsov might end up getting a shot to play pretty good minutes. Igor Shesterkin will get more games and the Rangers will get even more draft picks which is crazy to think about considering they didn’t have a first round pick for almost one thousand years. It will be sad seeing players like Kreider and Fast leave just because of the memories we have with them. Moments will be replayed like Kreider tying it up against the capitals.
Or Fast making a key play on Stepans over time goal.
As these players have grown, we have grown with them. Just remember ~it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all~.