Rangers Roundup: Verbeek named Ducks GM and Canucks may want Braden Schneider
The New York Rangers next game will be on February 15 against the Boston Bruins at MSG. From now and until then, most of the stories surrounding the team will focus on their record, playoff chances, and trade rumors.
One team that the Rangers have been tied to are the Vancouver Canucks. Chris Drury has been rumored to have interest in forwards J.T. Miller and/or Conor Garland.
While we focus on the Blueshirts side of things, what are those on the Vancouver side thinking?
Canucks eyeing Braden Schneider?
Sportsnet’s Canucks Central talked about J.T. Miller and a possible trade with the Rangers. Just who would Vancouver be looking to get back for their prized forward.
One obvious player they feel would be part of the package is disgruntled prospect Vitali Kravtsov. However, they started to discuss what the main piece would be and that’s a right shot defenseman.
Talk then quickly turned to Braden Schneider. If the Canucks can’t land him, Nils Lundkvist was considered another right handed option and even Zac Jones despite being a lefty.
Schneider, 20, has three points in 10 games and averaging a healthy 16:49 of ice time. He has also played over 20 minutes per game since Adam Fox went down with injury and presented himself extremely well.
It is highly unlikely the Rangers would move him.
Former Rangers Pat Verbeek now Ducks GM
The Anaheim Ducks named Pat Verbeek the sixth general manager in franchise history on Thursday.
Verbeek, 57, joins the Ducks with 36 years of NHL experience — 20 as a player and 16 as an executive.
He spent the past two-plus seasons as assistant general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be named General Manager of the Anaheim Ducks. My family and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Orange County community,” Verbeek said. “… The Ducks are a championship organization with world-class facilities, and I look forward to working with our entire staff to build on the foundation in place to construct a championship team our fans will be proud of on and off the ice.”
Verbeek played 1,424 games with the New Jersey Devils (1982-89), Hartford Whalers (1989-95), New York Rangers (1995-96), Dallas Stars (1996-99, 2001-02) and Red Wings (1999-2001). The Ontario native won a Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999, appeared in two All-Star Games and retired with 1,062 points (522 goals, 540 assists) and 2,905 penalty minutes.
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–Field Level Media contributed to this report