September 10, 2020

Rangers Roundup: a January start next season, more prospects on loan, and NHL rumors

NHL could start now in January (Mark Humphrey/CP/AP)

The news starting to leak out of the NHL executive offices seem to indicate the hopes for starting next season in December fading. Deputy Commissioner in a recent interview with Pierre Lebrun admitted as much.

NHL 2020-2021 season looking at January start

Bill Daly also said in the interview that they are still looking to complete an 82 game schedule. The NHL also has no appetite to start the season in a bubble, contrary to some rumors that came out a few weeks ago.

Rangers continue to loan young players overseas

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Vitali Kravtsov Rangers (Getty Images)

The list of young players and prospects being loaned overseas is expected to grow in the coming weeks, maybe even in the next few days. Currently, the Rangers have on loan:

  • Lias Andersson
  • Vitali Kravtsov
  • Yegor Rykov
  • Libor Hajek
  • Adam Huska

In July, we wrote about the distinct possibility that due to the foreseen delays of COVID-19, prospects could play overseas. As you can see, the Rangers as well as many other teams are using those leagues to their advantage.

Does Zegmus Girgensons make sense for the Rangers

Yesterday, I wrote how the Rangers should keep C/W, Zemgus Girgensons on a short list to fill out their roster. Obviously, he isn’t a primary UFA target but a secondary one. Jeff Gorton needs to first take care of his house and then try to improve via hockey trades. However, if he is unable to get things done on the trade market, Zemgus makes sense to me for the bottom six.

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