New York Rangers and Nils Lundqvist It is expected to part ways. Whether that happens before the start of the season or at the next trading deadline remains to be seen.
With the opening of the training camp September 21Lundkvist hopes to put on a different outfit. His agent Claude Lemieux revealed to me on September 1 that they requested last season’s deal after he was left out in favor of Braden Schneider in January.
“We asked for a deal when Nils was sent last year,” he said. Lemieux said. “Hopefully something will be done in the next few weeks.”
New York Rangers sacrifice for Nils Lundqvist
According to Arthur Staple of the Athletic, Rangers have at least one bid for a second-round selection before the 2022 NHL Draft.
As for the trades, two sources said Rangers have been offered a second-round pick for Lundkvist, an offer that has been on the table since Lundkvist’s agent Claude Lemieux requested a deal before the March deadline. The second-rounder is believed to have been for the June draft from a team at the bottom of last season’s standings – and sources have suggested a second bid for next year’s draft remains good.
The show, if Staple’s speculation is correct, is likely to be a late pick. Teams with multiple selections in the second round such as Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings or Seattle Kraken appear as possible candidates. Nor should the Montreal Canadiens be left out, which seems like a logical match.
So the question is simple, should the Rangers pick the second round of the Lundqvist selection or wait for more? Given that GM Chris Drury didn’t take the show after that, I think we can safely assume how he’s leaning.
Should the Rangers hold out for more?
Lundkvist, 22, scored 4 points in 25 NHL games during the 2021-22 campaign. He also has 2 years left on his entry contract at $925,000 which helps the value of his trade.
Forever Blueshirts knew that before Lundkvist made his way to the Rangers, there was some concern about signing his entry level deal. I mean, he was recruited in 2018 and he didn’t Signing of the contract Until June 3, 2021. The reason for this has not been clarified.
Regardless, Lundkvist remains highly regarded and is expected to be a power-running quarterback in the future thanks to his elite shooting and superb passing skills. In his last SHL season, he won a race Salming Cup As the best Swedish-born defender in the league, scoring 14 goals and 32 points in 52 games. This was the most goals scored by a defensive man as a player aged 21 or younger in league history.
This is simply not something to be ignored as he stumbled a little out of the gate with limited minutes and struggling partner Patrick Nemeth. The Rangers then exchanged the veteran this summer and will now work to transfer the young man brought in to the mentor.
Now back to the question, should the Rangers hold out for more? For me, the answer is yes.
Picking a late second round won’t cut it, but one at the start of the 2023 draft seems fair. Something along the lines of 33-45. Remember, Lundkvist is picked 28 (late first round) and claims to trade.
Another option is to trade for a similar prospect that will fill a gap. Which brings me back to Canadians. Hockey Ops vice president Jeff Gorton drafted Lundqvist when he was with the Rangers.
Montreal could exchange prospect Jean Misach, who was in the second round of selection and assists Rangers in the rear.
Mysak, 20, was recently signed to his ELC and could be a great fit for the Rangers’ future. Last year at OHL, he scored 64 points in 61 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs. He is expected to play for Habs AHL at Laval this coming season.
In the end, Drury will get what he wants and it’s very likely that this won’t be resolved soon. Lundkvist is a big insurance piece for this season and will likely help bring in a valuable rental business like Patrick Kane on deadline.