Rangers Roundup: Oilers sniffing around, Zuccarello on the move, and youth is served.
The Oilers are ready to make more moves as they try to right their ship and make a competitive run for the post season.
Zuccarello on the move?
Mats Zuccarello looks reenergized and his play has been red hot as of late with 6 points (3G – 3A) in his last three games. That has the eyes of the Edmonton Oilers looking towards Broadway.
Oilers are looking everywhere for forward help. They would prefer to avoid giving up a major young piece for a rental. Sounds like they’ve checked into the recently resurgent Mats Zuccarello, who had three assists in the Rangers’ 6-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday. Last season, the Rangers dealt Michael Grabner for a prospect and a second-rounder; that’s probably where they’d like to go with Norway’s Finest.Elliotte Friedman 31 Thoughts
If the Rangers can get a late first rounder it would be ideal, but a similar package to what NY received for Grabner would be excellent. In truth, Zuccarello is very good but he isn’t Rick Nash. The value is simply not the same.
Other Notable Free Agents Talking
Friedman mentioned that Jeff Skinner also has begun negotiating with the Sabres and Erik Karlsson is set to speak with San Jose. The name most Rangers fans are keeping an eye on is Artemi Panarin who will meet with Columbus this month and possibly decide if he will hit the market in July.
Vitali Kravtsov topped the list of all prospects, with Rangers goalie prospect, Igor Shestyorkin topping all goaltenders. It bodes well for the Rangers rebuild.
Also, in the romp versus Carolina defenseman, Ryan Lindgren made his Rangers debut and looked good. However, Pavel Buchnevich stole the show in what was likely his best game as a Ranger to date.
He scored two beautiful PP goals and looked engaged throughout the contest. Hopefully this is the start of something for a winger with a ton of talent.