Andersson for Puljujarvi rumor picking up steam?

Puljujarvi (CP)

It’s been over a week since the Rangers interest in Puljujarvi resurfaced and I noted that a deal involving Lias Andersson wasn’t out of the realm of possibility. Well, this rumor has now gained steam.

Brooks connects Andersson for Puljujarvi

Tonight, Larry Brooks made the link that if the Rangers indeed go after Puljujarvi, it could be Andersson that goes the other way.

So at this point, perhaps it would be best for all concerned to move Andersson in a trade, but what value could he possibly carry? If the team’s semi-interest in winger Jesse Puljujarvi, currently playing in his native Finland as an unsigned Edmonton restricted free agent, escalates over the next couple of weeks, sending Andersson the other way would seem logical.

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Lias Andersson continues to be buried on the 4th line and can’t seem to find his way up the lineup. While he can also play wing, Andersson seems to be cemented as a 4th line center that can’t get more than 10 minutes in any game.

Has Andersson become expendable?

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The truth is, he has become expendable. This isn’t a shot as him as a player or his talent level. The Rangers have drafted a kid by the name of Karl Henriksson that is quickly rising up the Rangers prospect chart at center. When Zibanejad comes back, Strome and Chytil can be your 2nd and 3rd line centers and Howden can be the 4th. Or Strome can move to the wing and Nieves or McKegg can be the 4th line center.

Now you ask, why trade Andersson for Puljujarvi? It is simple, he is a big winger with offensive upside, but more importantly, he’s Finnish. The future of the franchise is Kaapo Kakko and the Rangers need to help make this transition easier. A fellow Finn will help. If you think it’s ridiculous, just remember the Rangers brought over Tuomo Ruutu to just spend time with the kid. The next few weeks will be interesting.