Where could Nils Lundkvist end up being dealt with

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 26: Nils Lundkvist #64 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders in a pre-season game at Madison Square Garden on September 26, 2021, in New York City. The Islanders beat the Rangers 4-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After it was discovered that the Rangers were trying to trade off the defensive man Nils Lundqvist according to the New York Post, there was apparently a lot of interest in the man in defense. Lundkvist is exempt from waiver and still has two years left on his entry contract. As a very promising right-hand defender, there is a lot of value there. The Rangers are rumored to want one piece of equal value.

Lundkvist wants out because he’s a strong defensive guy who runs and needs ice time between the top four. New York has one of those guys, it’s one year after winning the Norris Cup. Lundkvist is unlikely to beat him. The alternative is to replace the guy the Rangers have just appointed captain, so that’s also unlikely. So, Lundkvist wants to go somewhere to play full time in a strong position in it.

This is not like other trade requests. Lundkvist is happy with Rangers, it’s just the lack of playing time and the fact that it may be a dead end for his development in New York in the current climate. Therefore, he has requested a trade elsewhere and said he may not attend Rangers training camp if he has not been dealt with by then. Whether that’s true or not, we’ll find out in a matter of weeks here.

New York appears to be trying to make the move quickly according to the New York Post, but they won’t move him for less than he’s worth. What they’re looking for remains one of the many mysteries in the world of hockey, but that’s where the fun lies for people like me. Wherever it ends could be one of 31 destinations, but right now, it could all be 31. So what makes the most sense for all parties involved?

VANCOVER, BC – NOVEMBER 2: New York Rangers’ Capo Kaku #24 ties Travis Hammonic #27 of the Vancouver Canucks during the National Hockey League championship on November 2, 2021, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Vancouver Canucks

This may be the most convenient one on this list. Vancouver is in dire need of some right-handed defenders and they have pieces that can turn the other way for Nils Lundqvist. Although Lundkvist might not get the game time he wanted in Vancouver, he was working under a Swedish general manager in a city with two of the most famous Swedes to play the game in that management group.

If Lundkvist gets into the right side of Vancouver’s defense, that means Lundkvist is getting the NHL ice time he wants after jumping on the Rangers depth chart last season. It might be a little tricky for Vancouver to find him playing time, and they might play defensive players in Unit Two to keep everyone satisfied, but it looks like it feels right on the players side.

For New York, that sends him nearly as far as they can get from the Eastern Conference. This reduces the chance of this coming back to nibble the organization somewhere down the line. This also means that Lundkvist will only return to Madison Square Garden once a year. If I can get the value back from New York, it’s sure to make things interesting.

For a piece of similar value from Vancouver, I’m not quite sure what it might be. Perhaps someone along the lines of Linus Carlson was exempt from the abdication and established himself in Europe. The possibility of a position is never something you can turn down, and Carlson is younger than Lundqvist. I’m not sure about this, it could be in favor of the Canucks, but it will likely happen anyway with the news that Rangers are looking to trade it.