New York Rangers UFA Target: David Kampf

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The New York Rangers are unlikely to make any big splashes this summer in the free agent market. Especially not with two key restricted free agents in Alexis Lafreniere and K’Andre Miller to re-sign.

Matter of fact, it would be wise for the Blueshirts to keep their own pending unrestricted free agent Tyler Motte in the fold before looking outside of the organization in July.

GM Chris Drury is still finalizing who the next head coach of the team will be for the 2023-24 campaign, but he’s also looking at his lineup. Just how will he fill it out with around $11,762,918 is cap space and 14 players from last season under contract perĀ PuckPedia?

This offseason, Forever Blueshirts has been looking at some potentially low-cost options. We’ve already featured forwards Jesper Fast and Garnet Hathaway, today we look at center David Kampf.

New York Rangers UFA Target: David Kampf

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Kampf, 28, recorded 7 goals and 20 assists for 27 points in 82 games this past season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. More importantly, he was 51.5% on draws which hampered the Rangers again in the playoffs.

The Czechia native has some decent size at 6-2′ and 197 pounds. He’s defensively responsible with the ability to pitch in offensively from the fourth line.

In a recent episode of Forever Blueshirts TV, Steven Pappas mentioned Kampf as a potential target for the Rangers. If Barclay Goodrow and his $3.6 million cap hit are moved, a player like Kampf would make a nice replacement.

The undrafted free agent originally signed with the Chicago Blackhawks back in 2017 where he honed his defensive skills. For his career, Kampf has amassed 35 goals and 76 assists for 111 points in 399 games over six seasons. He also holds a career 51.5 winning percentage on faceoffs.

Kampf is coming off a two-year deal with an AAV of $1.5 million. The Rangers would likely love to get him somewhere very close to that number, and may be able to do so if they can give him a deal with at least 3 years on the term. With the market for bottom-six forwards to remain favorable for contenders with limited cap space due to the flat cap, he could be a great signing.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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