9/1/22 | The Rangers are “engaged in an accelerated effort” to trade Nils Lundkvist before training camp starts later this month. (NY Post)
Lundkvist reportedly told the Rangers that he was “unlikely” to report to training camp because of his spot on the depth chart behind Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, and Braden Schneider on the right side. (NY Post)
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are “seeking a semblance of equal value” for Lundkvist. (NY Post)
Brooks writes that Chris Drury is “believed” to be seeking a “young, top-nine center who might grow with the organization.” (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: This has sort of seemed inevitable since Braden Schneider was called up last year and established himself as a key member on defense. In some ways it seemed inevitable since the moment the Rangers drafted Schneider and were adding someone else to a right side that, at the time, had Fox, Trouba, Tony DeAngelo and Lundkvist in the organization.
There just isn’t a spot for Lundkvist on the right side or on either PP unit. In the short-term he could come to camp and potentially be one injury away from regular time in the NHL, but long-term the Rangers have Adam Fox to play the role that Lundkvist was drafted for on both the right side and PP. They could try moving Lundkvist to the left side, but they already have a natural lefty and similar player in Zac Jones on that side.
I’d imagine that there is a lot of interest in a player like Lundkvist, but we’ve seen that Chris Drury makes moves on his terms. He has kept basically all of the Rangers prospects and most of their assets through two drafts, two free agency period and one trade deadline. This seems like a one-for-one type of trade where the Rangers can hopefully get a center that is around the same age as Lundkvist and can play the year in Hartford and be called up in necessary.