Rangers Roundup: Vitali Kravtsov or Pavel Buchnevich involved in Jack Eichel package, Ryan Callahan joins MSG Networks and more

The Rangers whether they are in or out of the playoff mix will remain a topic of conversation at the Trade Deadline. In a new piece for The Athletic, Ian Mendes and Sean Gentille break down each team’s approach to April 12.

Rangers Vitali Kravtsov or Pavel Buchnevich key piece for a Jack Eichel trade

The Rangers they mention really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who reads my work. I’ve talked about what I believe the Rangers are willing to offer in a Jack Eichel deal.

On March 4th I put forth the following:

After speaking with knowledgeable people I believe a fair offer from the Rangers would look something like Vitali Kravtsov, a roster player, a young prospect defenseman (Nils Lundkvist or Braden Schneider excluded), and a first round pick.

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The Athletic has also done the same but believe it will be a choice between Pavel Buchnevich and Vitali Kravtsov. Personally, I think Buchnevich is a perfect fit on this team as a second line RW and has developed into a complete player. Kravtsov is extremely talented and will likely be the better offensive player. He would still need time to develop and the Rangers believe they can contend next season.

There’s probably some appetite among the fan base for them to buy, but they’re still several points outside a playoff spot and well-stocked to go after a bigger fish down the line. Yes, we’re talking about Eichel. That RFA group is interesting, too. Buchnevich and Chytil, in particular, have come up in the Eichel discussion already, and that’ll continue until the deal happens or dies. There’s also some duplication between Buchnevich ($3.25 million AAV) and Vitali Kravtsov, who should join the Rangers when his KHL season is over. The Rangers need to turn some of their wingers into centers, and the discussion probably starts with those two.

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Ryan Callahan joins Rangers broadcast

Former Blueshirts captain Ryan Callahan has joined the Rangers broadcast team for two games. Press Release below:

MSG Networks just announced that former Rangers star and team captain Ryan Callahan will join the Rangers broadcast team for two select games this week. Callahan will appear in studio alongside John Giannone and Steve Valiquette (who will join remotely) for the Rangers upcoming games against the Bruins this Thursday and Saturday. The 13-year NHL veteran will provide expert and insightful analysis throughout the network’s pregame and postgame shows, as well as during intermission coverage each night.

During his storied tenure with the Rangers (’06-’14), Callahan led the team in a number of statistical categories, including goals (132), points (254), game-winning goals (26) and more. In 2011, he was named the 26th captain in franchise history, becoming the team’s first homegrown captain since Brian Leetch. Following his career with the Blueshirts, Callahan helped Tampa Bay advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015. He had a distinguished international playing career as well, competing in two Olympics games and leading the United States to a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

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