The latest news and rumors around the league and Blueshirts.
Dreger On Sirius XM
Insider Darren Dreger was on Sirius XM NHL Radio today and stated that the Rangers are heavily going after Jacob Trouba and that he believes that Artemi Panarin will be a New York Ranger next season.
We’ve been covering Trouba for days now so it isn’t surprising to hear Dreger say that. However, it is pretty noteworthy that he feels the Rangers and not the Panthers will wind up landing Panarin in free agency.
Oddly enough, that “all-in” vibe that so many insiders and beat writers are feeling isn’t lining up with what I’m getting from the Rangers. Of course, they are playing things as they always do, calm and close to the vest.
We will find out just how interested the Rangers are in Panarin on June 23rd after the draft and the window to talk with free agents opens.
Rangers were never really in on Karlsson
Karlsson was linked to the Rangers as a possible free agent destination by many insiders just a few weeks ago. However, the 29 year old free agent was never really someone the Rangers were targeting. After the deal was signed with SJ, it was confirmed to me that getting into a bidding war for his services wasn’t a game they were going to play. As mentioned before, when it comes to defense the top priority is trading for Trouba.
Pierre McGuire on TSN Montreal
Pierre McGuire claims the Rangers were upset they didn’t land Karlsson and make a bid on a significant RFA. He states they have a ton of cap space and they will be somehow getting rid of Shattenkirk and Smith to go after a guy like Mitch Marner.
Based on what I’ve learned, the Rangers weren’t upset or really interested in Karlsson as I mentioned above. Does that negate the rest of Pierre’s sentiments here? Not sure because even Rick Carpiniello believes the Rangers are going to offer sheet Brayden Point.
Here’s the bottom line, I don’t think you can trade for Trouba, sign Artemi Panarin as Dreger suggests AND THEN make an offer sheet to an RFA. So someone has to be wrong, and I’m not betting against Dreger.
Cap Going Down Next Season?
Rangers Draft Prep
Rangers released a pretty cool video about the prepping for the draft and some of the inner workings. Cool story about Libor Hayek in there as well. Turns out that Hayek, Brett Howden, and Brendan Lemieux were all players they interviewed and wanted to draft but acquired eventually through trade.