The New York Rangers have some tough decisions to make soon
Not without placing a player on LTIR, which requires him to be out a minimum of 10 games and 24 days, in order to get head relief. While a player can go on regular IR and must miss a minimum of 7 days, this only allows a team to exceed the maximum roster limit of 23 without any relief. Also note that you can retroactively place a player on LTIR.
That’s probably why the Rangers were reluctant to place Filip Chytil on LTIR after he suffered a concussion against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 23. As a general rule, he would still be out, and tomorrow’s game against the Seattle Kraken would be his first game eligible to play. come back.
The Rangers will also want to have more cap space as it will affect them at the trade deadline. For every $1 million in cap space accumulated, that equates to about $4.5 million in player salary they can take on.
The decisions of the New York Rangers head
As of today, the New York Rangers are at their cap space of 23 after calling up Julien Gauthier earlier in the season.
This gives the team 14 forwards, 7 defenders and 2 goalkeepers. Should the Rangers pick up two minor injuries on defense, a forward would have to step back or be forced into a trade or put someone on waivers.
So which forward would the Rangers risk losing on the waiver wire? At this point, I don’t see Julien Gauthier or Jimmy Vesey as anyone Gerard Gallant wouldn’t consider playing. Vitali Kravtsov is no longer exempt from waivers and would certainly be claimed as he is a former first round pick who is 22 years old with great potential.
Remember the Rangers took a chance on Dryden Hunt and the Colorado Avalanche took him.
Rangers waiver options
As of right now, the two players most likely to go on waivers to save cap space are Ryan Reaves or Ryan Carpenter.
The 35-year-old power forward looks slower than last year. He’s never been outdone, but he’s struggling a little more than expected. In 12 games this season, Reaves has failed to record a point. That said, he is one of the few true heavyweights in the league and would most likely be claimed. His current salary is $1.75 million, which means some of his cap hit will stay on the books, since you can only bury $1.125 million in the AHL.
Gerard Gallant appreciates Carpenter’s ability to play center and kill penalties. However, he has still been scratched on several occasions this season. In 14 games, he only has two points (1G – 1A), but he has 59.8% draws. At just $750,000 against the cap, he won’t be a huge savings for the Rangers and likely makes him an interesting haul for an injury-plagued team.
Rangers trade options
So could the Rangers make room by trading a player? If so, who would it be? Both Ryan Reaves and Ryan Carpenter are candidates, but they will return next to nothing in a deal.
That’s why Vitali Kravtsov and Sammy Blais are the most likely trade candidates.
I doubt GM Chris Drury wants to trade Kravtsov at this point. However, it is likely to yield the highest return. I think a second round pick as the ceiling. The talented winger is struggling to stay healthy and has just 1 assist in 6 games. In a perfect world, Kravtsov and his $875,000 cap hit would be sweetener for a trade deadline splash.
It’s hard not to feel for Blais, who is a hard worker but seems very slow among the Rangers’ skaters. The 26-year-old missed virtually all of last season with a torn ACL and is still trying to find his skating legs. In 14 games this season, Blais has managed just 3 assists and a handful of good scoring chances. I’m not sure what I could get in a trade on my own. His current cap hit of $1.525 million is attractive, but he will be a UFA in July, limiting the return to a mid-round pick.
What will the Rangers do?
Right now, the Rangers aren’t obligated to do anything unless they really want to accumulate cap space by the trade deadline.
Should the Rangers find themselves in the awkward position of having two defensemen out, I think a waiver wire move is the route they would try first. Ryan Carpenter is the player I think they would take a chance on knowing they have Gustav Rydahl to fill that fourth line center role if needed.
As for a trade, it’s hard to see anything happening right now. Sammy Blais is the most likely trade candidate, maybe even Julien Gauthier because he could have the most value.
Of course, moving Blais for next to nothing will bring out Drury’s critics regarding the Pavel Buchnevich trade.
At the end of the day, the Rangers have things to consider and only a handful of players they’re likely willing to risk losing or moving.
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