February 12, 2021

Darren Dreger speculates Sidney Crosby with the New York Rangers

Feb 1, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins battles Anthony Bitetto #22 of the New York Rangers for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden on February 01, 2021 in New York City. This is Anthony Bitetto’s first game with the New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

One of hockey’s top insiders caused quite a stir yesterday when he began to speculate on the future of Sidney Crosby. That will happen when you mention Crosby on Broadway.

Dreger on Sidney Crosby’s future

Darren Dreger began by explaining that the Penguins are going for it this season, but if they fail to make the playoffs some hard conversations need to take place. That’s when he Dreger raised some eyebrows with his comments.

“It wouldn’t shock me AT ALL,” he began with emphasis, “if Sid said ‘look I want my legacy to be you collected the pieces based on moving me to the Colorado Avalanche or the New York Rangers or whatever the team is’.”

So let me get this straight, one of the best insiders who speaks with GM’s, players, and agents wouldn’t be shocked if Crosby would be open to a trade? And then selectively connecting him to either Colorado or New York?

Certainly interesting.

Sidney Crosby in New York?

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Jan 30, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores the game winning goal against Alexandar Georgiev #40 of the New York Rangers at 2:27 of overtime at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2021 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the bottom line, if it came to the point where the 33 year-old Crosby was willing to be moved for a Penguins rebuild, the Rangers would be in on it.

New York is loaded with prospects and could be very willing to take on Crosby and his reasonable $8.7 million cap hit for the next 4 years. I’d imagine the pieces that would go over would start with Pavel Buchnevich and Vitali Kravtsov. A defenseman like Matthew Robertson or Zach Jones plus draft picks would be included as well.

Bottom line, the Rangers need to upgrade center if they hope to contend for a championship. They are also ready to be players in the market next season. Per a well placed source, they will be converting future assets into star players this summer.

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