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Mika Zibanejad Contract Talks “Wide Open”

New York Rangers are only a few days away from July 1st when free agency opens. Now they will have to have some serious discussion over the next few days, as to how they will fill the holes in the lineup. These are the holes left by trading Derek Stepan, Antti Raanta, and the buyout of Dan Girardi. Sometimes a team’s best and worst off season signings are the ones they make “In-House”.

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Rangers Draft Czech (C) Dominik Lakatos

The New York Rangers selected Dominik Lakatos with the 175th pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. This draft pick may come as a surprise for most fans, because the Czech center is already 20 years old. This age is definitely higher then the usual 17,18,19 yr old draft picks in the NHL Entry Draft. Most players at this age will just end up signing a undrafted free agent deal with a NHL club. Gordie Clark and the rest of the Rangers brass must have saw a player they didn’t want to land on another team’s roster. Read more

New York Rangers Draft Swedish (D) Calle Sjalin

New York Rangers drafted with the 145th pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft Calle Sjalin a Swedish defense-man. This is a 17 year old kid, who played for Östersunds IK in Sweden. This could be a steal in the 4th round as he was ranked #44 for EU skaters by NHL Central Scouting. His numbers are pretty good for a young, 17 year old defense-man. Hopefully, we can see him in a few years as he transitions to North American hockey. He will be playing in Sweden next season, but he is definitely a player to keep your eye on over the next few years.

 

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As of earlier this afternoon, the Rangers traded Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona in exchange for Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick in tonight’s draft. This gives the Rangers 2 picks in the 1st round tonight the seventh pick and 21st pick. Moving into the seventh spot there will be some really good talent to chose from. We will see if the end up moving the 21st pick before the draft.

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Will The Rangers “Absolutely” Land A Defenseman?

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Late Wednesday night was a show for all NHL fans across the league, whether it was the Expansion Draft or the NHL Awards. This is also the night before the trade ban will be lifted. So with that being said, there is a lot of speculation flying around the league for every team.

 

Last night Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune was told by Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher there absolutely could be a defenseman traded by the weekend. Now with that being said right before the Expansion Draft trade ban, the New York Rangers were dangling Derek Stepan out in the market looking for a partner for Ryan McDonagh.

Last summer Wild GM Fletcher had high hopes of landing Stepan, even though the Rangers were reluctant to move him. They later dealt Derick Brassard in a shocking midsummer trade with Ottawa, acquiring the younger and cheaper Mika Zibanejad.

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The Wild have three good options for the Rangers to try and trade for; Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin, and Matt Dumba. While Scandella and Brodin are both solid defensemen in their own right, they aren’t as necessary for the Blueshirts to acquire. Dumba is a right-handed defenseman with a wicked slapshot, has the ability to rush the puck up the ice, and is very good in his own end. If I’m Jeff Gorton, going after Dumba makes the most sense. He has the speed to keep up with AV’s system, and he would definitely help out on the powerplay.

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