Is a New York Rangers trade with Canucks or Habs in the works?
The New York Rangers sent Garth Joywho is their Associate Director of Player Personnel and Pro Scouting to watch the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
In case you’re wondering, the Rangers don’t play in Montreal until January 5th. As for Vancouver, that’s even further down the road on February 8th.
Rangers send scout to Canucks vs Habs
The Blueshirts have several scouts, but sending Joy is very interesting. Since the scheduled competitions against these teams are not for months, it is very likely that a change is possible.
What do the Rangers need? More secondary scoring for the bottom six, or a legitimate top six right back to keep Alexis Lafrenière in his natural LW position on the third line. That’s where the Montreal Canadiens come in, as they’ve reportedly been trying to move their plethora of veteran forwards.
Pierre LeBrun recently noted on TSN’s Insider Trading that Montreal has been calling teams looking to move players like Evgenii Dadonov, Jonathan Drouin and Mike Hoffman. It should be noted that anything but Hoffman would be considered a rental, as he has one more year left on his deal.
As for the Canucks, there could be some big changes coming after another horrible start. This time, it could very well go beyond firing the coach. While young players like Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes are untouchable, they could be open to shaking things up immediately with some of their veterans.
Vancouver center and captain Bo Horvat is a pending UFA with a big contract for this season ($5.5 million) and would really deepen the Rangers’ three lines.
“Our priority is to keep Bo (Horvat),” president Jim Rutherford said Sportsnet’s Canucks Central.. “We recognize what he can do for us. I hope we can sign him, but if he keeps playing like this, we’ll get a better return on him.”
Horvat, 27, has 12 goals and 16 points in 14 games this season.
Of course, the Rangers could also be looking for help on defense, and 29-year-old lefty Joel Edmundson of the Habs may be a possibility. He has another year left at $3.5 million AAV.
Whatever deal is made, the Rangers are capped right now, which means they have to send a salary cap player or two the other way around. Even then, GM Chris Drury would likely need the other team to retain 50% of the cap hit to make a trade work.
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