New York Rangers trade Vitali Kravtsov to Vancouver Canucks

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Jan 16, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; New York Rangers left wing Vitali Kravtsov (74) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Nick Blankenburg (77) battle for the puck during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have dealt winger Vitali Kravtsov to the Vancouver Canucks. Elliotte Friedman was the first to break the trade.

The deal is for forward William Lockwood and a 2026 seventh-rounder per Chris Johnston. He was drafted in the third round by the Canucks in 2016. The 24 year-old has one assist in 13 games this year and has an AAV of $750,000.

Kravtsov, 23, has totaled 10 points in 48 career games, including six points in 28 games this season.

New York Rangers trade Vitali Kravtsov

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Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov and other Rangers prospects practice at the Rangers training facility in Greenburgh Sept. 5, 2019.

The Rangers picked him 9th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft and it’s been a tumultuous tenure to say the least. Kravtsov’s development was delayed when he used his European Out clause to head back to Russia in 2019 instead of playing in the AHL. The covid pandemic impacted everyone in 2020, but his decision to not report to the Hartford Wolf Pack last season was probably a move he’d like to have back.

With Jake Leschyshyn being waived earlier, the Rangers continue to clear cap space for the eventual trade to acquire Patrick Kane.

As for the 34 year-old Kane, he’s reportedly returned home awaiting a trade to the New York Rangers.

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