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What Columbus being eliminated means for the Rangers

Julius Bergman is returning to Sweden and will play for Frolunda next season.

Bergman is an RFA and the Rangers can retain his rights by giving him a qualifying offer.

Boston eliminated Columbus in six games tonight to advance to the Eastern Conference Final against Carolina.


With the loss by Columbus the Rangers, via the Winnipeg pick, can only move up as high as 19th in the draft if Colorado defeats San Jose.

Currently the Rangers, via the Winnipeg pick, will pick no lower than 20th.

The Rangers traded Adam McQuaid to Columbus at the deadline in exchange for 4th and 7th round picks in 2019 and pending RFA defenseman Julius Bergman.

McQuaid played 14 games in the regular season for Columbus scoring one goal and one assist while averaging 11:25 per game.

McQuaid suffered an upper body injury near the end of the regular season and remained injured through the playoffs.

With Columbus being eliminated the Rangers may also have the ability to interview Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson for that same role with the Rangers.

Artemi Panarin is also slated to be UFA and a top target of the Rangers.