Rangers’ notebook: Nils Lundqvist’s complex situation, Jimmy Vessey’s return, PTO’s defensive depth

We are a week ago Notice Prospects reporting two days of training and two games with Flyers Horizons in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, followed by Rangers’ main camp starting Sept. 21.

There was some news, so let’s get to these items before they get old.

The Nils Lundqvist problem

Two league sources confirmed what The New York Post reported last week: Rangers are trying to move unhappy young defender Nils Lundqvist, who has seen the obvious on the right side of the defensive depth chart and realized there is hardly any way to get into the top six. The role of exiting the training camp.

One source stated that Lundqvist would not attend Rangers’ “80 percent” camp if GM Chris Drury had not moved him by 21, preferring to remain in Sweden to continue training. There is almost a place waiting for Lundqvist with Lulia, the Swedish league team that Lundqvist excelled at in his three seasons after enlisting before coming to North America last year.

Lundkvist knocked Rangers out of last season’s camp and played 25 games, but Braden Schneider He jumped out of Hartford in December and didn’t let go of that third pair, to the right the rest of the way. Lundqvist went to Hartford and scored 3 goals and 15 points in 34 games but he didn’t see them NHL Ice again and obviously number 4 on the depth chart heading into camp.

Things get tough if the Rangers don’t trade him and he doesn’t report. The Rangers would have to loan Lundkvist to Luleå, and that would be in their best interest – it’s hard to trade a prospect, even if it’s a good one, if it doesn’t play games anywhere. If Lundkvist is loaned to his SHL team and Drury finds a business partner or the Rangers need to bring him back, that’s a process; Luleå isn’t looking for a temporary commitment and you’ll need to find a replacement, so the loan doesn’t get undone in days or sometimes even weeks.

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.

But Drori, as he was with Vitaly Kravtsov, isn’t willing to give up one of Rangers’ best prospects for another lottery ticket yet. That could change in a couple of weeks when Lundkvist is likely to stay at home, but for now, Rangers are believed to be looking for a young player in return.

It can be hard to find equal value for a player that every other team knows won’t play for you. If this player signs up in Sweden instead of trying to steal a job in the NHL camp or turn on the lights in the AHL, anything close to equal value in the trade is impossible.

Jimmy Vesiis back!

Well, in professional experience (PTO, such things are known). Vesey came to Rangers with a lot of fanfare in 2016, turning down the team that drafted him (Nashville(and the team that traded for its rights)buffalo) to sign here. He had three capable seasons, the last two seasons in post-message teams, then bounced – he was traded at Buffalo for a third driver in the summer of 2019, free agency, until he waived. Four teams in three seasons.

Experience is just an opportunity, but given that he is known and the amount of his skill fits right in with what the Rangers need now in depth, he has a chance to earn and stick to minimal vet deals. If Rangers plan to go with 14 strikers on their opening night roster, they’ll have roughly $150,000 in cover space – not ideal for starting to accumulate space on the 2022-23 trading deadline if they want to consider a deal add something.

Vesey was not immediately confirmed. He’s vying for the sixth-place finisher on the wing, a place that didn’t see enough competition last season. Ryan Reeves He appears destined to be, at best, the thirteenth striker and Julien Gautier, whose trade order is still active the last time we checked, appears to be for the waiver wire. That could leave an opportunity for a role-playing vet like Vesey to either be a number 14 or step in when there’s an injury or regression in someone’s play.

Defenseman PTO incoming?

Lundkvist’s position also creates a void for the 7/8 Man Defender’s role. The Rangers have fairly the top seven and you’re looking at their roster right now, before anyone ever steps on the ice or adjusts the thigh: It’s Adam Fox-Jakob Tropa-Schneider on the right, Ryan Lindgren-Kahn Andre Miller-Zach Jones-Lepore Hajik down the left side. Matthew Robertson He needs a good camp and a solid start at Hartford to be in the NHL conversation; Jared Tenordi And the Andy Welinsky She is the “emergency break glass” of AHL’s veteran options on both sides.

Without Lundkvist in the mix, the Rangers will likely need another veteran to push the group into camp and press for a spot. This veteran could also fire Hag, who was the designated health scratcher most of last season but signed his one-year qualifying bid nonetheless. If Haji hit compromises, there would be interest, very likely from the GM who insisted Hajik be part of the Ryan McDonagh The trade is now helping manage hockey operations in Montreal.

One name among the few D veterans still unsigned to watch – Nathan Beaulieu. I had to penguins List of qualifying series against Rangers but not included in the squad. Most importantly for the Rangers, the 29-year-old LHD played junior hockey for Saint John of the Quebec League, coached by Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly.

Beaulieu is left-handed but has played on both sides. If he appears on the PTO, it could be a versatile 7/8 that the Rangers now need with Lundkvist either decimated in the trade or unlikely to make camp.

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