One would think that Ryan Strome has done enough since being traded to the New York Rangers to earn a spot here, and maybe he has. However, his name still seems to come up in trade rumors, mostly in passing analysis by beat writers or by fans’ online trade suggestions. Although it is unlikely the Blueshirts would trade him at this particular deadline with such a big offseason ahead.
Ryan Strome can’t score without Artemi Panarin is a false narrative
In 160 career games as a member of the the Blueshirts, Strome has registered 46 goals and 112 points. Last season he was Artemi Panarin’s center and many people linked his production as completely tied to the Breadman’s.
That’s a false narrative.
Let’s be clear, anyone who plays with Artemi Panarin is going to put up points because he’s an elite NHL talent. However, Strome has tallied 42 points in 74 games without him for an average of .56 points per game. With Artemi he has 70 points in 86 games for a .81 pts/gm average.
Like I said, many players will put up points playing with #10.
The Rangers biggest move is not likely to happen at this trade deadline
There’s is no secret the Rangers are looking for another top center this summer. With that being said, there isn’t one that’s going to be on the market for them come April 12. Names expected to be shopped this offseason are Jack Eichel, Aleksander Barkov, Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and possibly Sidney Crosby.
As we know, the Rangers want 24 year-old Jack Eichel more than anyone else mentioned.
After speaking with knowledgeable people I believe a fair offer from the Rangers for Eichel would look something like Vitali Kravtsov, a roster player, a young prospect defenseman (Nils Lundkvist or Braden Schneider excluded), and a first round pick.
If the Rangers are going to land Eichel or anyone of the mentioned centers, Ryan Strome may have to be the roster player sent back the other way to replace them in the middle. Unless of course it is the Buffalo Sabres looking to rebuild and the 27 year-old Strome would be swapped with a younger center in Filip Chytil.
Bottom line, Strome isn’t going anywhere at the deadline. It’s also possible he might no go anywhere at all.
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