Rangers will listen to trade offers on almost everyone at the deadline
Fans continue to rage online in every corner of social media about how this team is going nowhere and management doesn’t have a clue. Over the last few days, more and more rumblings are starting to surface that the Rangers are willing to explore trading almost anyone on the roster by the deadline.
Hockey Insider, Bob McKenzie recently said on NBCSN, that Rangers moves going into this season (Trading Derek Stepan and buying out Dan Girardi) is a signal that they are trying to reload.
“They don’t want to call it a rebuild because New York never wants to call it a rebuild. But I would say that they are doing their due diligence just in the event that they may be a position if the team falls right out of it, if they get an unbelievable offer on a guy like McDonagh.” – McKenzie per FanRag Sports
McKenzie clearly stated that the Rangers aren’t looking to move McDonagh, still it would be silly not to listen. The same goes for Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash, and Michael Grabner. All are veteran forwards with little to no time left on their contracts.
The same sentiments were also echoed by another insider, Elliotte Friedman on NHLN.
“I think with players like McDonagh and Zuccarello, they will at least listen. No guarantees, but I think they’ve let it be known that if you want to talk to us about these players and you’re serious, we will listen. I think the unrestricted free agents – Nash, Holden, Grabner, David Desharnais – those guys are definitely on the table. But I think if you want someone with term, and a cornerstone like one of those two guys, you better be serious about your offer.” – Friedman per FanRag Sports
If you are a reader of this site, you shouldn’t be shocked. Back on January 5th, we listed almost every player above (aside from Desharnais) and also included Brendan Smith, who seems to have fallen out of favor with Alain Vigneault.
The trade deadline is Monday, February 26th. There are 18 games for the Rangers from now until then, and how they play will decide the fate of every player mentioned and more.