« It was the night before the deadline and not a creature was stirring in the house, not even Jeff Gorton.
Of course, that’s not entirely true. The Rangers general manager was doing GM stuff on Sunday, monitoring his team at the Colosseum in another round against the islanders while looking for opportunities before 3:00 p.m. Monday. Deadline.
But it was calm and unusual for the organization, which has spent much of the last decade enjoying itself before washing up, when time was running out in the late 2010s. Because in current parlance, the Rangers are neither sellers nor buyers.
No expectation of a blockbuster like the 2014 Captain’s Exchange, in which Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis swapped places. No attempt to fill a void in the picture of the deal that took Keith Yandle to New York to get a young guys package with Anthony Duclair and a # 1.
And there is no need to replenish the pipeline by sending veterans away in exchange for children and draft picks, as the organization has been doing since 2018. It wasn’t quite like that last year, but the team won a Carolina First Classic in exchange for Brady Skjei. The $ 5.25 million cap between 2023 and 24 was more than the blueshirts could take.
The Rangers have six picks in the first four rounds of the 2021 draft, despite their second round against Detroit as a sweetener for exchanged the deal that Marc Staal sent to the Red Wings in the off-season. The Blueshirts own Buffalo’s third-place finisher, which they received in exchange for Jimmy Vesey, Ottawa’s quarter-finalist, which was earned for Vlad Namestnikov, and the fourth of the Kings, which was received two weeks ago for Brendan Lemieux.
While it’s always one There is some value in having a plethora of draft selection options to at least improve the chances of children and prospects falling like loose change out of the organization’s pockets while sitting on a sofa. It would be superfluous to add more. The fact is, the next step on the road to salvation will involve roster consolidation and moving some youth out in exchange for targeted veterans.
Clubs that are buyers as of the deadline do not remove key pieces as they add them . The buyer’s currency is draft picks. Even if the Rangers wanted to see what’s out there in return for some of their veterans, this would not be the time. If a club called about Ryan Strome or Pavel Buchnevich, surely Gorton would listen and possibly lay some groundwork for potential summer business. The same would apply if a club snooped around Mika Zibanejad. The best piece of information, however, is that the Rangers did not receive these requests.
Oh, and about Tony DeAngelo, who was exiled on February 2nd? Unless something happens overnight, the defender will stay out until at least the summer when DeAngelo, if not chosen by Seattle in the expansion draft, faces a buyout that would put him on the open market.
Pretty much exactly who you saw you will continue to see in blue the rest of the way. Morgan Barron will hopefully be called to Broadway by Hartford after the deadline if duty roster limits are exceeded. Tarmo Reunanen was able to get another shot on the blue line after his one-game cameo on March 15 when Adam Fox was not available on the COVID protocol list with a false positive test result. If the club mathematically eliminated the playoffs last week, there could be a glimpse of Ty Ronning, who has scored eight goals for the wolf pack in nine games.
But there shouldn’t be a youth influx. That was what it was all about this and last year
The game on Sunday was played on the 46th anniversary of JP Parises goal at 12:11 am in the Garden in the third and decisive game of the preliminary round of 1975, in which the islanders played the blueshirts eliminated from the playoffs and the beginning of the end of days for the Emile Francis era.
Ed Giacomin would be waived. Jean Ratelle and Brad Park would be traded. Ted Irvine was treated. Gilles Villemure was sent away. Not on the deadline. Emile himself would be gone by the next appointment.
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