New York Rangers Rumors: Stadium Series vs Devils, Scouting the Blackhawks, and more
The New York Rangers could be heading outdoors soon for a rivalry matchup against the New Jersey Devils next season.
NHL Analyst and Insider Kevin Weeks is reporting that there’s talks of a Stadium Series event involving the Devils at MetLife Stadium. That was followed by ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski noting that there was talks during the last Stadium Series game in Raleigh that the opponent is likely the Rangers.
New York Rangers Stadium Series
The last time the Rangers played outdoors was 2018 at Citi Field for the Winter Classic. In that contest, J.T. Miller scored the game-winner in overtime to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.
The Blueshirts were involved in the Stadium Series back in 2014 where they played both the New Islanders and New Jersey Devils. Yankee Stadium was the host for those games with the Rangers winning each contest.
On January 26, the Rangers got two goals from Mats Zucarello to blow out the Devils 7-3. Three days later, they beat the Islanders 2-1 thanks to 30 saves by Henrik Lundqvist.
New York Rangers scouting Blackhawks
The New York Rangers are in Chicago tonight scouting the Blackhawks per Tab Bamford.
At this time, three players are linked to the Rangers which include Max Domi, Sam Lafferty, and Patrick Kane.
Domi, 27, has recorded 15 goals and 42 points in 55 games this season. He will be a UFA in July and has a cap hit of $3 million. If the Rangers are interested, it could be for a top six role to replace Jimmy Vesey and move him to the fourth line. Chicago would need to retain salary.
Lafferty, 27, has notched 21 points in 49 games and has one year remaining on his contract with an AAV of $1.15 million. He would make a great addition to the Rangers fourth line for the remainder of this year and next.
Kane, 34, is the big prize with 14 goals and 41 points in 52 games. The Rangers would need to work some serious gap gymnastics which we detail here. It would be another huge swing for GM Chris Drury.
A decision on whether or not Kane will waive his no-move clause could come as soon as final buzzer sounds in their game against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight. If not, it’s expected to occur over the next couple of days.
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