6/13/22 | 9:16 AM: The Rangers have confirmed the signing.
Elliotte Friedman said on 32 Thoughts that the early ‘guestimation on Kravtsov is that he is staying with the Rangers.’
6/12/22 | 11:20 AM: Vitali Kravtsov’s agent announced that Kravtsov has signed a one-year deal with the Rangers.
Kravtsov was slated to be an RFA.
It is a one-way contract worth $875,000.
From the Rangers: “Kravtsov, 22, skated in 19 games with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2021-22, recording six goals and seven assists for 13 points. In the playoffs, Kravtsov notched seven goals and three assists for 10 points in 15 games. He ranked tied for seventh among KHL skaters in playoff goals.”
Adam Rotter: All this really does is guarantee that he is going to be in North America next season. That is important because with Russian players, and especially with Kravtsov’s history of leaving to go to the KHL, the KHL is always an option. Now that the the KHL is off the table the Rangers can can keep working with him on an off-season plan that will put him in the best position to be with the Rangers next season, or trade him.
The Rangers could certainly use someone with his skillset, potential and now cheap cap hit to fill out the top-nine, but it’s going to be on Kravtsov to earn that spot. At the same time, you can easily see him being part of a trade package for a more established player that can help the Rangers build on this season.