Larry Brooks wrote on 2/2 that with Braden Schneider’s emergence, Nils Lundkvist is the “blue chip most likely to be played” at the trade deadline. (NY Post)
Brooks writes today at NY Post Sports Plus that you can “take it to the bank that the Rangers aggressively will seek to move Lundkvist as the lead piece of a package leading up to the deadline and will try to do so sooner than later.”
Lundkvist scored his first AHL goal over the weekend.
Brooks suggests that the Rangers offer Lundkvist and Filip Chytil to Vancouver for JT Miller to bolster the top-six or possibly offer Lundkvist for a first-round pick that could be used in another trade. (NY Post Sports Plus)
Adam Rotter: From the moment the Rangers acquired Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox, while already having Tony DeAngelo on the roster and Nils Lundkvist drafted, there was always going to be a log-jam on the right side. That was only added to when Braden Schneider was drafted and only helped mildly when DeAngelo was kicked off the team. Fox and Trouba established their positions in the top-four and that only left one spot for Lundkvist and Schneider, not just for this season, but for the future. The future and present seemed to have merged with Schneider’s ascension and that seems like it will leave Lundkvist on the way out after a lot of hype and 25 games. I think Lundkvist has a chance to be a very good player in the NHL, but it was always going to be hard for him to get a chance to really show his skillset with Adam Fox taking almost all the PP time.
As for where he could go? Ideally, you’d trade a prospect like him for someone with term, like potentially JT Miller, over a rental like Tomas Hertl, but that will be up to Chris Drury to figure out. There are no shortage of teams that would have interest in a highly-skilled, albeit smallish, right-shot defenseman and maybe that allows the Rangers to make more of a hockey trade and go for a player not often mentioned in the rumor mill.