12/22 | 8:31AM: Friedman tweeted that Anderson for Puljujarvi is “extremely unlikely” a the Rangers are looking for more of a North/South player.
12/21 | 9:13PM: Elliotte Friedman said on Sportsnet “I know they talked about an Andersson for Puljujarvi deal that didn’t happen before December 1, just out of remote curiosity wonder if that gets revisited.”
1:29PM: Darren Dreger tweets that Lias Andersson has “formally” asked the Rangers for a trade and that he is no longer in Hartford.
Dreger says that Jeff Gorton will use the holiday trade freeze, that runs from 12/19 to 12/27.
In June, Andersson told GP.se that if he was going to be in Hartford then he might as well go back to Sweden.
Andersson has four goals and one assist in 13 games with the Wolf Pack after played 17 games with the Rangers to start the season.
In those 17 games, Andersson had one assist, a minus-8 rating and an average of 9:33 per game.
Andersson was the 7th overall pick in the 2017 draft and has 3 goals and 6 assists in 66 career NHL games.
Adam Rotter: When the Rangers drafted Andersson they viewed him as their future captain and a massive piece of the rebuild. Now the Rangers will look to get something of value in return for a player that hasn’t lived up to expectations in his early career. He was considered to be “NHL ready” from just about the moment he was picked but that wasn’t the case. Andersson’s competitiveness was supposed to be his hallmark and allow him to develop in the bottom-six while his skill caught up and then have him transition into more of a two-way center. Andersson was never able to establish himself in the NHL the way that the expectations set out for him indicated he would or could and while some will argue that he wasn’t given enough of an opportunity, he clearly didn’t do enough in practice or in games across three seasons and two coaches to get more of a chance.
The Rangers may allow Andersson to go play in Sweden and try to either rebuild his value or give him the opportunity to reconsider his trade request. There is no time limit on this and the Rangers could hold onto Andersson into the offseason. The best move might be using Andersson, along with their own first round pick, to move up in the 2020 draft if they feel strongly about a certain player. Ultimately it’s a failure of both the Rangers and Andersson for it getting to this point and the Rangers will do what they can to make the best of it.