Rangers Rumor Roundup: More Stepan to Minnesota talk and Gorton going for Shattenkirk

Is there a potential Rangers fans can see Shattenkirk in another Blue sweater? (Getty)

Is there a potential Rangers fans can see Shattenkirk in another Blue sweater? (Getty)

The NHL draft is tomorrow and one has to wonder, when will the Rangers start making some of those BIG MOVES that have been rumored since they were eliminated by Pittsburgh in April?

Stepan’s Name Appears in Minnesota Paper

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune writes:

The Edmonton Oilers need blue-liners, and anybody from centers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov to wingers Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle could be had for the right price. Some feel the same could be said for Florida’s Nick Bjugstad and the Rangers’ Derek Stepan.

The Wild also theoretically could be willing to part with forwards. Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter are a year from restricted free agency, meaning the Wild has to decide soon whether it wants to commit to them long-term. Jason Zucker is a restricted free agent.

I don’t see a Stepan to Minnesota deal, unless the Rangers obtain both Granlund and Matt Dumba.

For more on a potential Stepan to Minnesota deal read this.

Rangers “hot” for Shattenkirk

NYDN’s Pat Leonard wrote this yesterday:

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who is drawing interest from several teams as the Blues deliberate dealing or extending the New Rochelle native, would be a perfect fit in New York.

That is also why the Rangers are one of the teams currently hot on Shattenkirk’s trail, according to industry sources, as the NHL draft nears this weekend in Buffalo and free agency looms July 1.

Personally I think the Oilers or the Bruins are the lead candidates to land Shattenkirk, but I’m glad to hear the Rangers are trying for him. However, I stated yesterday how even the beat writers are confused with what the Rangers are going to do, Larry Brooks said they weren’t going after him.

Your guess is as good as mine.

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Here’s what I posted on Twitter and it sums it up fine.

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