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NHL Roster Freeze ends: What to expect from the Rangers; Eichel, Goodrow, and more

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Jul 7, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning proper wing Barclay Goodrow (19) controls the puck in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens throughout the second interval in recreation 5 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Roster Freeze ends as we speak at 1PM ET. Now that the Seattle Kraken enlargement has handed, all groups firmly know the place they stand and what they’ll do subsequent.

Chris Drury is not any completely different and possibly considered one of the NHL’s greatest gamers beginning as quickly as 1:01 PM on the clock. Let’s dive in to what we will expect from the New York Rangers.

Rangers anticipated to announce the signing of Barclay Goodrow

Soon after the Rangers acquired Barclay Goodrow for a seventh spherical choose from the Lightning they started contract negotiations. It’s very potential they hammered out the majority of the deal prior to the NHL Roster Freeze kicking in. That’s additionally most likely why they left him unprotected figuring out he was unlikely to change his thoughts and signal with Seattle.

Today, the Rangers ought to announce they’ve come to phrases with Barclay Goodrow on a deal value $21.6 million. The contract is predicted to be 6 years at $3.6 million AAV.

“He’s a guy that we targeted and obviously went out and made a deal with Tampa early to get a jump on it,” Drury mentioned through NHL.com. “I think he’s pretty versatile. I could see him do all different things for Gerard (Gallant), whether that’s more time in the middle, whether it’s face-offs in the d-zone. But we think he’s got a pretty complete game. He’s going be able to help a lot of different areas.”

By signing the 28 year-old Goodrow the Rangers have strengthened their backside six. The 6-2 ahead skated in 55 video games with Tampa Bay final season, selecting up six targets and 20 factors, together with a plus-16 score and 52 penalty minutes. He additionally notched six factors in 18 playoff video games whereas serving to the Lightning win the Stanley Cup for a second straight time.

Rangers on the verge of a commerce for a middle; doubtless Jack Eichel

Feb 15, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres heart Jack Eichel (9) waits for a face-off ]throughout the third interval in opposition to the New York Islanders at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Eichel is predicted to be traded earlier than the NHL Draft tomorrow evening. The Sabres made it clear that any commerce for the 24 year-old would require a excessive first spherical choose.

The two frontrunners to land Eichel are the Rangers and Wild. If that first spherical choose is a key a part of the deal the Rangers maintain 15 and have the property to transfer up. Meanwhile, the Wild are at 21. Just a be aware, the Coyotes who maintain choose 11 have forfeited that for a Combine violation, permitting all groups to transfer up one spot.

As hypothesis re Eichel mounts, can let you know that Rangers have nonetheless not acquired entry to his medical information from Sabres. So, there’s nothing shut at this level.

— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 22, 2021

Rangers have the skill to commerce Ryan Strome and his $4.5 million AAV out. The Senators are enthusiastic about his providers; so are the Sabres and Kraken at the moment. Should Ottawa take Strome and choose 15 for his or her tenth, it improves the Rangers bundle. It’s unlikely the Wild might do one thing to transfer up that drastically.

Package clever, the Wild would have to mainly intestine their future in giving up Marco Rossi and Matt Boldy, two prospect facilities. Then there’s the entire Eichel cap hit of $10 million for the subsequent 5 seasons, and the Wild useless cap area beginning subsequent yr of $12M, $14M, and $14M. Unless a 3rd workforce will get concerned, I simply don’t see it.

The Rangers bundle goes to be steep, however they’re overloaded with prospects on protection and wing that merely won’t all give you the chance to play right here. If Strome isn’t moved out in one other deal, he could possibly be a part of an Eichel commerce. It’s additionally potential that Pavel Buchnevich could possibly be moved due to his RFA standing. Zac Jones is the most rumored defenseman to go in the deal, nevertheless it may be Matthew Robertson.

Here’s two potential packages:

  • Buchnevich, Chytil, Jones, Georgiev and a primary spherical choose
  • Kravtsov, Chytil, Jones, Georgiev, and a primary spherical choose

Last be aware, if the Rangers miss out on Eichel I imagine they are going to go after the one different rumored heart left to be obtainable, Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Forever Blueshirts has lined the Rangers curiosity in Jack Eichel relationship again to February. Our data got here from workforce sources, so it’s no shock they’re considered one of the ultimate groups remaining.

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Rangers nonetheless attempting to find a veteran left defenseman

It seems the rumor that there was a deal for Mark Giordano with the Kraken was not true, or a minimum of by no means got here to be. Elliotte Friedman already mentioned that it’s unlikely after Giordano’s look at the draft he can be moved as we speak. He additionally mentioned the Rangers are nonetheless attempting to find a veteran left defenseman.

Is it potential the Rangers will make a pitch for Ryan Sutter in free company? Or might they work a commerce with the Kraken who’re overloaded on the blue-line for Carson Soucy? All potential choices.

Finally, the Rangers are anticipated to buyout Tony DeAngelo as quickly as as we speak.

#NYR doubtless to purchase out Tony DeAngelo earlier than #NHL Draft on Friday (doubtless tomorrow). It will probably be a 1/3 buyout and will solely include a cap hit of of $383,333 in 2021-22 and $833,333 in 2022-23 per @CapFriendly

— Forever Blueshirts (@4EverBlueshirts) July 21, 2021

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