Vladimir Tarasenko and the New York Rangers connection; is there a trade to be made

Almost as soon as the report broke from Jeremy Rutherford that Vladimir Tarasenko requested a trade, the New York Rangers were attached. Matter of fact, it was largely due to the article Rutherford posted last night.

So is there a chance for Tarasenko and the Rangers? Let’s dive in.

Vladimir Tarasenko and the Rangers connection

It’s been a bit of a running joke among Rangers fans since the 2010 Draft. That’s when the Blueshirts selected Dylan McIlrath 10th overall instead of Vladimir Tarasenko. In fairness, a few other teams also passed on him afterwards, including the Blues who selected Jaden Schwartz at 14, before taking Tarasenko at 16.

There is of course a more real connection per The Athletic article:

The Islanders, who were knocked out of this year’s playoffs by Tampa Bay, have been mentioned as a possible fit. The New York Rangers, who have Tarasenko’s close friend Artemi Panarin (who is also represented by Theofanous) could be another. Would he waive his no-trade clause to play in Edmonton with Connor McDavid and company?

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Mar 13, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) defend the net against a shot by St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) during the second period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

While that’s not a great reason to bring on a 29 year-old player with two years left on a deal that has a $7.5 million AAV. Also a player who has a history of shoulder problems to boot. The Rangers could still have a possible fit for the talented winger.

If they opt to not sign Buchnevich long term, or possibly trade him in a deal for a top center there’s some logic to a deal. Tarasenko has a 10 team trade list, which the Rangers are certain to be on, so the Blues aren’t in the driver’s seat. If St. Louis were to also eat some of his cap hit, that could improve the return.

Bottom line, Tarasenko in NY is unlikely right now. Ask me in a few weeks after we find out where Eichel lands and I may have a different answer.

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Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at YardBarker, and MSN. Features have been linked on Sportsnet, NBC, TFP, NY POST, NEWSDAY and more.