Report: Vitali Kravtsov to be loaned to Traktor in KHL

A report from Russian media outlet Sport24 claims that the New York Rangers have agreed to loan Vitali Kravtsov to Traktor in the KHL.

“Vitaly Kravtsov will transfer to Traktor from New York Rangers on loan until the end of the season,” Sport24 stated. “At the moment, negotiations are underway with the Chelyabinsk club on salaries. The Rangers agreed to the move.”

I have reached out to Kravtsov’s agent, Dan Milstein to confirm this report. No response as of this evening.

Vitali Kravtsov awaiting a trade

Kravtsov, 21, has 20 games of NHL experience under his belt recording 2 goals and 2 assists. Being the 9th overall selection in the 2018 Draft has its value, but what that truly is remains to be seen.

Recently, a report surfaced that five teams were “interested” in the young winger. Nick Kypreos noted recently as many as 15 teams are in on him He cited specifically the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, and Winnipeg Jets.

All three are small market Canadian based teams.

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May 5, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Daniel Carr #28 of the Washington Capitals checks Vitali Kravtsov #74 of the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Forever Blueshirts was told that at least three teams had legit interest in acquiring him at the beginning of the week. Previous to that, I was told that the return was expected to be a second round pick, most likely from a team with multiple second round selections.

Lo and Behold, two of the three teams Kypreos mentioned (CGY and OTT) have multiple picks in the second round of the 2023 NHL Draft.

As it is, Kravtsov is awaiting a trade.

Rangers loaned Lias Andersson to HV-71

The Kravtsov situation is playing out similarly to the way Lias Andersson’s did. After Lias left the Wolf Pack to head home to Sweden, the Rangers eventually agreed to let him play for HV-71 in order to build up his trade value.

It appears that GM Chris Drury will take a similar route with Vitali.

Andersson wound up playing the entire SHL season before being traded at the Draft for the Kings second round pick which became Will Cuylle.

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