Rangers exploring trade options on Zuccarello and Skjei
Chatter around Awards week on Rangers has club exploring deals on Zuccarello, and teams been calling on Skjei— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 21, 2018
Making Sense of the RumorsAs we draw nearer to the draft there have been many developments around the NHL. The biggest news is that Barry Trotz is set to become the new Islanders coach and that appears to have John Tavares ready to re-sign with his current club soon.
Also, not a done deal, and still a fluid situation, but sounds like Isles may have good news on John Tavares as well.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) June 21, 2018
If John Tavares is off the table then the big fish the Rangers were hoping to make a run at likely shifts their focus back to a full rebuild. That being the case, the earlier reports that Mats Zuccarello was probably coming back have changed. It makes sense, especially if Zuccarello can be used to obtain Dougie Hamilton from Calgary.Roy Kvatningen told Forever Blueshirts that the Flames were hot after Zucc at the deadline. If the interest is still there, maybe a deal with Zucc and a late 1st rounder can land Hamilton. That then opens the possibility of using Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei and the #9 pick for possibly Carolina’s #2 and Jeff Skinner.Ultimately, the acquisition of Hamilton makes Skjei a rare commodity on the trade market. Edmonton is reportedly looking for a top 4 blue liner so there could be something with them also.Stay tuned. More to follow.
With the hiring of Lamoriello and now Trotz, I’m fairly certain Tavares re-ups with the Islanders for 8 years and approx 84 million.— Forever Blueshirts (@4EverBlueshirts) June 21, 2018
Interesting. If they’ve committed to full rebuild this makes sense. Also Calgary likes Zuccarello and if they can find a way to get Dougie Hamilton it could make Skjei expendable. https://t.co/XALUJSN949— Forever Blueshirts (@4EverBlueshirts) June 21, 2018