Archive for Trade and Free Agency Rumors

Rangers Unlikely to Get in on Bidding for Vermette, Sekera

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Image from 5of7 via Wikimedia Commons

Pierre Lebrun reports that the Rangers are unlikely to get in on the bidding for either Antoine Vermette or Andrej Sekera unless the price drops significantly.

Restraint isn’t an avenue commonly explored for the Rangers, but I’m glad to see it here. It would be tough for me to see a 2nd round pick and a solid prospect moved for Vermette when Sean Bergenheim went for a 2016 3rd round pick yesterday (with a 7th coming with him, too).

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Reports: Price for Rental D-Men Too High for Rangers

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Image from Benjamin Reed via Wikimedia Commons

Both Pat Leonard and Steve Zipay have reported that the demand for rental defensemen on the trade market will likely preclude the Rangers from adding someone like Andrej Sekera, Jeff Petry or Zbynek Michalek before next Monday’s trade deadline.

Leonard suggests Daniel Winnik might the the best bet for a relatively cheap move. I’ve long been a fan of Winnik–he could slot on Kevin Hayes’ wing, upgrade their bottom-six depth, and provide another faceoff option on the third line and on the PK (Winnik has a 48.5 FO% over the past three seasons).

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My Fake Rangers at the Fake Trade Deadline

In the past week or so, I gathered up bloggers and fans from teams around the league in a mock trade deadline to simulate the real thing in the upcoming weeks.

In previous years, I’ve done variations of my ideal trade deadline, but I figured this would be a much more demonstrative way to show my thought processes.

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Lebrun: Rangers Looking for Bottom-Six Forward

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Image from Leech44 via Wikimedia Commons

Pierre Lebrun reports that the Rangers are looking for a bottom-six forward, ideally one who could play center or wing and win a faceoff or two.

While the importance of the Rangers lack of faceoff ability, in my view, is way overplayed by the media, adding some help there couldn’t hurt. While the vast majority of the league’s faceoff men fall between 47 and 53 percent, a gap that makes little difference in my opinion, three of the Rangers’ top six most frequent faceoff takers fall below 46%.

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Report: Rangers and Staal Closing in on 6 Year Deal

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Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers and Marc Staal are nearing an agreement on a 6 year deal worth 5.6-5.9 million per year. ┬áHe cautions that the deal is not done yet, but Staal’s agent had productive talks with Assistant GM Jeff Gorton on Tuesday.

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Fourth Period: Rangers Interested in Vermette

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Image from 5of7 via Wikimedia Commons

According to the Fourth Period, the Rangers are among the teams with some interest in Antoine Vermette of the Coyotes.

Vermette, 32, can play center or wing, and would give the Rangers insurance down the middle. Adding Vermette to the lineup would likely mean Kevin Hayes shifting to wing, or Vermette playing on Hayes’ wing, lessening his face-off load.

Vermette has 8 goals and 13 assists in 31 games with the Coyotes this season with a 48.2 CF%. He is eligible to be a UFA after this season.