Rangers “poking” around on Bozak and looking to deal John Moore
Some people hate this time of the hockey season, for me I start playing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” on infinite loop. The NHL trade deadline is this Monday and the rumors are only going to continue until, well…it’s over.
A recent report from the Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley states:
[su_quote cite=”Toronto Sun” url=”https://www.torontosun.com/2015/02/27/so-far-so-good-for-maple-leafs-gm-dave-nonis”]It will take a willing partner, of course, but as the deadline nears, whispers get louder that the Leafs are attracting interest in big names. The Rangers, we keep hearing, are poking around, wondering what it would take to secure centre Tyler Bozak. The Los Angeles Kings, as has been rumbling for a few weeks now, are keen on Dion Phaneuf.[/su_quote]
So why Bozak? It’s simple and we explained it here, but with the number of teams in on Antoine Vermette now and the likelihood they will get their asking price starting with a first round pick, the Rangers are probably out. Our money is on Vermette landing in Chicago which we are hearing a ton of noise from.
We have discussed plenty of targets and in the process mentioned some bargaining chips heading the other way. John Moore is simply one of the top 3 chips the Rangers have. Brett Crygalis confirmed it in bold print yesterday.
[su_quote cite=”NY POST” url=”https://nypost.com/2015/02/27/rangers-shopping-ultra-talented-but-frustrating-defenseman/”]John Moore said he’s not paying attention, because that’s what they all say. But the Rangers defenseman is keenly aware his name is being batted around in trade rumors as Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline approaches, and he has a pretty healthy perspective.[/su_quote]
At the young age of 24, Moore and his minuscule cap hit of $851,000 are extremely attractive, especially to teams looking to rebuild their blueline. He is a RFA at the end of the season, so retaining him won’t be that difficult. Toss in the fact that he’s already experienced a long playoff run to the Cup and I assure you, he is a sought after commodity.
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