Rangers going after Karlsson goes against rebuild direction
Over the last 24 hours there have been several reports that Ottawa superstar, Erik Karlsson is a target for the Rangers. The Ottawa Sun even wrote that the Rangers, because of all their 1st round picks and cap space are a perfect suitor. However, giving up a bunch of picks and prospects for Karlsson flies in the face of the rebuild narrative.
Going After Karlsson
I’m not saying Karlsson to the #NYR isn’t possible but it flies in the face of the rebuild narrative big time. The cost in assets alone is astronomical (possible Andersson or Chytil). Ottawa wants Ryan’s contract sent in the deal too. Sorry, I don’t see it. Vegas…yes. NYR, no.
— Forever Blueshirts (@4EverBlueshirts) June 20, 2018
Make no mistake, Erik Karlsson is the best defenseman in the game today. However, he is a UFA next season and is looking for a massive contract in the neighborhood of 10 million per season for 7 years. That sounds great now at 28, but when he’s closing in on 35 will it make sense? If the Rangers were a star defender away from a Cup, I’d say yes.
Now when you add in the cost to acquire him, it makes even less sense. You are looking at draft picks, starting with the 9th overall selection, plus players like Buchnevich, Andersson or Chytil. Let’s not discount that the Senators may make it a sticking point that under-performing Bobby Ryan and his enormous contract must be taken also. If that’s the case, what are the Rangers saying? “Hey, that rebuild? Yeah, we were kidding.”
Earlier today, I tweeted this info for what it was worth.
I can’t confirm with any certainty because I’m not Bob McKenzie…but rumblings have the #NYR aggressively trying to get into the top 3 (obviously 1 off limits). Going to be a fun all the way up to the draft.
— Forever Blueshirts (@4EverBlueshirts) June 21, 2018
Then just a little while later, Darren Dreger tweeted that the Rangers aren’t chasing big names, which aligns with the direction the Rangers really want to go in.
I don’t see the NYR chasing the big names (Tavares, Panarin, Kovalchuk, Karlsson). Looking for younger assets and plan on staying course.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 21, 2018
When you take all this info into account, the Rangers going after Karlsson doesn’t make sense unless they get him for a song. That in and of itself is highly unlikely.