Rangers and Islanders postponed contest moved to March 17 and is Joel Edmundson a fit on the blue line?

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Apr 29, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Ryan Lindgren #55 of the New York Rangers is injured as he checks Cal Clutterbuck #15 of the New York Islanders into the glass during the third period at Madison Square Garden on April 29, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL has rescheduled the New York Rangers versus New York Islanders game that was postponed due to COVID-19 to March 17th.

“The NHL has rescheduled the New York Rangers vs. Islanders game at Madison Square Garden – originally scheduled for November 28, 2021 — to March 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.,” the teams said in a statement. “All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled game can be used for the rescheduled date.”

Joel Edmundson a trade target?

The Rangers are rolling with 10 wins in their last 11, so there’s absolutely no urgency to make a trade anytime soon.

It is believed that Chris Drury is in the market for a third pair defenseman. Whether that’s an upgrade over Patrik Nemeth or a new partner for him remains to be seen.

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Jun 24, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson (44) during the warm-up session before the game six against Vegas Golden Knights of the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

While I am a proponent for Mark Giordano, who was previously on their radar this summer, other options are emerging. Today, Larry Brooks speculated that Montreal’s Joel Edmundson could be a good fit.

I wonder whether Montreal’s Joel Edmundson might be a target. Edmundson is 6-foot-5, 224 pounds, and plays that way. But the 28-year-old is operating under a contract that carries a $3.5 million cap hit through 2023-24. The Canadiens would probably have to eat half for the Rangers to consider it and even that might not be enough.

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Another name mentioned was Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm, and either could be a viable option. However, I believe the cost for Edmundson would be higher than Drury is willing to pay because he isn’t a rental.

If I’m Drury, I am looking for cheaper options on the third pair.

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