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Rangers State of the Union at the All Star Break

The Rangers fell in unlucky fashion to the rival Islanders at the Garden last night and have lost 2 in a row heading into the All Star Break. At 23-21-4, the Blueshirts have 50 points and are 10 points out of the last wild card spot. With the trade deadline coming faster than you think on February 24th, the team will play only 13 more times by that date.

How will the Rangers look when they take on the Islanders on Tuesday, the 25th? Will the Rangers close the gap for that final wild card spot? There’s many questions that need to be answered. So let me try and tackle them.

Loaning Lias

I spoke with Johan Rylander about where Andersson is at and what has been relayed is that he feels confident about his future. Rylander believes as I do that the disgruntled forward is aware of the Rangers active plans to trade him by the deadline and also loan him to an SHL team to get into game shape. John Davidson is speaking directly with Andersson and that should help facilitate a move. While I don’t expect him to be dealt during this break, it’s very possible if his new skates help with his feet/ankle issues that he will be loaned soon.

Trading Kreider

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I love Chris Kreider the player and the person. He is a leader for the team on and off the ice. He is also now an All Star and he deserves the honor. The issues with Kreider is his age (28) and what his next contract will look like. He will want at least 7 years at $7M and while that will be fine in years 1 and 2, it will be a burden for the rest of the term.

Right now the list of known teams that are interested in Kreider are the Avalanche, Bruins, Blues, and Penguins. One other team to keep an eye on as a dark horse to land him are the Lightning. I fully expect him to be dealt by the deadline. A 1st round pick and maybe more will be the return unless it’s a much bigger deal that includes Lias Andersson.

Trading Georgiev

The only way the Rangers don’t trade Georgiev is if Lundqvist says he’s wants to be traded or will retire at the end of the season. I simply don’t see it. Expect many teams to be in on Georgiev and for the Rangers to maximize the return. The Leafs may actually consider parting with Kasperi Kapanen soon, but keep a look out for the San Jose Sharks to make a push for him also.

Other Trade Notes

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There’s been lots of talk about the RFA’S Ryan Strome, Tony DeAngelo, and Brendan Lemieux. This one is easy…


Why would they? The team is in control and if they want, they could trade one at the draft for a better return anyway. I still think the team re-signs all three.

One Ranger I can see traded is Brendan Smith to a contender for a 3rd or 4th rounder. Another possibility is moving Brady Skjei in the right trade, but without knowing if K’Andre Miller is ready to challenge for a spot, it may make sense to wait.

Artemiy Panarin is all Hart

While Panarin is going to flirt for a scoring title, he will likely not overtake Connor McDavid. He may however be the first player since Mario Lemieux in 1988 to win the Hart even though his team not make the playoffs.

Rangers will miss the playoffs

Unless the Rangers go on a huge run out of the break, they are likely to be a distance from the last playoff spot. That should certainly motivate Gorton to make trades that have an eye on next year for sure.

15 thoughts on “Rangers State of the Union at the All Star Break

  • January 23, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Excellent article and spot on .. I think we will sign our own RFA this Summer which means Kreider is gone. The reality is this roster is still in rebuild mode.

  • January 23, 2020 at 7:38 am

    OK, but what is the reason(s) the Rangers are still mediocre? I can think of about 30!

    • January 23, 2020 at 7:51 am

      Having the youngest lineup in the NHL is not conducive to winning. It’s not like the Rangers didn’t explain this 2 yrs ago when they explained the rebuild. Teams don’t go from picking 2nd overall in the draft to becoming a playoff team in months. Be patient.

  • January 23, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Spot on will all points…………………!

  • January 23, 2020 at 8:24 am

    So, you’re declaring Kreider DOA at 30?
    I’ll let him know you said that lol.

    What a steaming load of Internet GMing.

    You and a lot of people are about to have mad egg on your faces. You earned it.

    Henrik Lundqvist is packing.

    • January 23, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      internet GM ing . lol, way too much of that.

    • January 23, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      Hank is definitely packing…… to go on vacation.

      • January 23, 2020 at 10:43 pm

        Hanks emptying his wine cabinet, drinking most of it.

        At this rate he’s going directly to rehab when he arrives in his new NHL city.

        Hopefully he’s out in time for playoffs, and the Rangers play against him.

        • January 23, 2020 at 10:48 pm

          You are setting yourself for a rough day come trade deadline or when Georgie is traded (whichever comes first) I hope your are preparing for it…. You have laid it on thick, I can’t wait to hear the excuse when Hank is still on the Rangers when they are playing the Islanders after the deadline that afternoon.

          • January 23, 2020 at 11:49 pm

            It’s years too late but when he goes, it’ll be one of the great days in NYR history.

            That day is coming soon.

  • January 23, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Some thoughts…

    Jesper Fast is gone too

    Also, my gut says to deal Strome… so if its better to do so at the draft, then there you go

    As far a Skjei is concerned, they should make every effort to deal him right up to the draft if need be. His no move clause kicks in next season and I don’t want the team to be stuck with him regardless of if Miller is ready or not.
    We will keep Staal for his final year as a stop gap.

    I believe Lundqvist will be ready to step right in next season. Since there is no way ADA isn’t resigned, that gives us 4 right side dmen. Someone has got to go and it isn’t going to be Fox. They could try moving one of them over to their off left side, but that is just a poor idea. Plus we’ve got Joey Keane doing great in his rookie season on the farm who is by the way a right side dman. I’m thinking Trouba for Nylander. Get it done Gorton.

    If they dont move Smith, just let him ride the pine next season and be done with it.

    Closing thougt…
    I am a Lundquist fan, and understand if he doesn’t want to take one for the team and retire after this season like Klein did, but he should wave his no move clause. He knows the position the team is in and losing Georgiev because he wants to stay for one more year is the epitome of selfishness. I really hope he does the right thing for the team and for the fans.

    Hopefullly Gorton puts together a viable 4th line next season without Smith playing on it. We have some good young talent in the AHL that could do the trick.

  • January 23, 2020 at 10:12 am

    How do you write an article like this and not mention Zibby???

  • January 23, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    ZIBANEJAD YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Still leading the team on the ICE He is STILL covering and moving everywhere he is needed First Goals and Last Goals… Zibanejad is a SOLID player for NY RANGERS ~

  • January 23, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    You folks keep failing to realize that a Igor/Georgy tandem will never work in the future. That is why Georgy has to go. Hank will be a very capable second to Igor and could still be a quality goalie for the next few years if the Ranger team becomes a better defensive team. He could still resign with The Rangers after next year for a low salary if he still wants to play. Quality back ups are always hard to find. Having Hank around will never hurt the Rangers as long as he can stop the puck. The short term memory of fans forget that a 40 + year old Marty Brodeur knocked us out of the conference finals in 2013.

    • January 24, 2020 at 8:06 am

      Hi Roger, why wouldn’t an Igor/Georgiev combo work in the future?

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