Speculating what the Rangers can get for Hayes and Zuccarello

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Elliotte Friedman went on an Edmonton radio show and the talk transitioned towards the trade value of two New York Rangers.

On Zuccarello

“He’s going to get traded. He’s starting to play well. He’s got a proven playoff history. Last year they traded Grabner for a second and a prospect – I think that’s kind of what they’ve looked for. I believe that you guys (Edmonton) at least looked at it. I don’t know that you’re going to do it. And I don’t think you guys are doing somebody like him for a first-round pick or a Puljujarvi.”

Friedman via Nichols on Hockey

A similar package like Grabner’s is likely. Of course, since Zuccarello started heating up, Jeff Gorton could wait until a few more teams start calling on him and drive up the price. A late 1st round pick is not out of the question.

On Hayes

“Kevin Hayes, there’s a lot of interest… I don’t think the Rangers are going to have any difficulty moving Kevin Hayes; and as a matter of fact, they’ll probably be able to have a bit of an auction for him. I think one of the things they’re going to wait to see, though, is – for example – is Duchene available. And if he’s not, boy, that drives up the price for Hayes a lot.

Friedman via Nichols on Hockey

I think Hayes is going to undoubtedly garner at least a 1st rounder and possibly more. If it is a team with a top 10 pick, a 1st rounder could be more lucrative to Gorton than just a late 1st rounder and a prospect.

The most interesting thing about Friedman’s comments surround Duchene’s availability. If he is off the market, a bidding war will no doubt land the Rangers the best package possible.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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