Rumor: Last Rangers hurrah as Vinni Lettieri being eyed by SC Bern in Swiss League
Vinni Lettieri will travel with the Rangers to Toronto as an extra forward on the expansion roster. According to reports coming out of the Swiss League, SC Bern could be eyeing a deal with the Wolf Pack goal scoring leader.
Rumor: SC Bern eyeing Vinni Lettieri
As for SC Bern, it appears that Alex Chatelain, former team manager of the Bears and now strategic sports director and head scout, has been gathering information on Vinni Lettieri. The right-handed right winger from Minnesota has been part of the New York Rangers’ organization for the last three years. Last season, the 25-year-old suited up 61 times for the AHL-affiliate of the Rangers, the Hartford Wolf Pack, collecting 47 points.Swiss Hockey News
Vinni Lettieri, the Wolf Pack’s most consistent offensive threat, may be on the move. This could be his last hurrah with the Rangers since his contract is up this off-season.
Vinni Lettieri free agent
At 25 years of age and having completed three or more pro seasons but less than 80 NHL games, Lettieri is allowed to become an Unrestricted Free Agent. That means he will be looking for an NHL team that needs scoring punch and can almost guarantee him a roster spot.
There is still a possibility that Lettieri could re-up with the Rangers if he has a real chance at a roster spot next season. With the cap now flat at $81.5 million for at least the next two seasons, the Rangers could be in the market for low cost talent up front for their lineup.
Remember this, Jesper Fast and Greg McKegg are UFAs. Ryan Strome, Brendan Lemieux and Phil Di Guiseppe are all RFA’s. That means the Rangers only have eight forwards locked up for next season.
So Lettieri there’s a slim chance he will still be with the organization when hockey starts up again in December. However, with this news coming out of Europe the competition for his services will come from outside the NHL as well.