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Adam Fox NOT a Calder Trophy Finalist

4:49PM: On not being a Calder finalist, Fox said (NYR):

  • “Didn’t really feel too much, obviously it’s nice to be possibly be recognized for it and having your name in the conversation is special. It’s not something I set out to do at the start of the year. A lot of great players, not any disappointment really.”
  • Does it put a competitive chip on your shoulder, “I guess, maybe, it’s just people’s opinions, it’s not up to me to decide. I’m confident in the way that I play, just trying to help the team during the season and going into the playoff is my focus. The recognition is nice here and there but it’s not what I set out for.”
  • On his season, “for me, I just wanted to come in and make an impact. Leaving college, I thought I was ready to make the jump. There were learning curves along the way. For me, I know what I can do with the puck, it’s more away from the puck and as the year went on I got more comfortable with pace and more comfortable with guys on the team. As the season went along I grew as a player and progressed myself and felt good at the end of the year for sure.”

12:37PM: Adam Fox is not a finalist for the 2020 Calder Trophy.

Quinn Hughes of Vancouver, Cale Makar of Colorado and Domimik Kubalik of Chicago are the nominees.

The Calder Trophy is voted on the PHWA.

Fox ranked fifth in points for rookies, behind Hughes, Makar, Kubalik and Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson.

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What the Rangers are getting in defenseman Adam Fox

The Rangers have announced that Adam Fox, acquired on Tuesday, has signed his entry-level contract.

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton calls Fox a “highly skilled player” that can “really move the puck” and “run a power play.” (Newsday)

Gorton said that the Rangers view Fox as someone that is “pretty close” to being NHL ready. (The Athletic)

Chris Drury told The Athletic that Fox is “really, really good” and brings “elite hockey sense.”

Harvard head coach Ted Donato said that Fox is “underrated defensively” and called him one of the best players to ever play for Harcard. (NYRangers.com)

Corey Pronman of The Athletic ranked Fox 4th on Carolina’s list of prospects before the season and wrote that he makes “difficult offensive plays seem routine and can control a shift with his vision and offensive instincts.”

Pronman ranked Fox 16th in his 2017-18 midseason prospect list, 64th in his list heading into 2018-19 and 44th in his 2018-19 midseason rankings, writing that he is an “incredibly smart player” with a “ton of poise and patience.”

Craig Button of TSN had Fox ranked 12th on his prospect list from January.

The 2016-17 Sports Forecaster ranked Fox as Carolina’s 18th best prospect, the 2017-18 issue ranked him Carolina’s 5th best prospect and the 2018-19 issue ranked him as Carolina’s 11th best prospect.

Chris Peters ranked him 30th overall in his prospect list and wrote before the NCAA tournament that Fox has “elite vision and has really improved his puck management in three years with the Crimson.” (ESPN)

Carolina GM Don Waddell said last year, during the Hurricanes’ development camp, that Fox was “one of the premier defensemen” not yet in the NHL. (News Observer)

Billy Jaffe said that Fox is a “hell of a player” and he has worked on his skating and shot. “I don’t think he is as powerful a skater but he is shifty and smart and elusive. He’s a pro, Ted Donato loves him and says he is an absolute stud and sometimes had 2-3 guys on him and still put up those numbers.” (NHL Network)

Fox was recently ranked as Carolina’s seco”nd best prospect and 30th prospect overall by The Hockey News Future Watch issue.

They wrote “Fox was the key piece to the blockbuster that saw the Hurricanes acquire Dougie Hamilton and Micheal Ferland. They wouldn’t have done it without getting Fox, because they see him as an elite right-shot PP ace who is already skating, thinking and playing at an NHL level. There have been questions about whether Fox will sign or play one more year at Harvard and then become a UFA, but the Hurricanes are confident they can get his name on a contract.”

Last year Fox was ranked as Calgary’s second best prospect and 52nd overall and The Hockey News wrote, “an excellent passer with good vision, Fox has another attribute that the Flames love: “he has an elite brain,” GM Brad Treliving said. “He has so much poise and patience.” At the WJC, Fox led US defensemen in points and the team in ice time, providing proof his all-around game has evolved from being a power play specialist. His size makes it obvious he must develop strength. “He skates as fast as he needs to, ” Treliving said. “He doesn’t have to beat you by three strides, he just has to bear you by one.”

In the 2017 Future Watch issue, Fox was ranked as Calgary’s sixth best prospect with them saying, “smart, offensively gifted defenseman flourishing in his freshman year.”

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What acquiring Adam Fox means for the Rangers on defense

With their acquisition and expected signing of defenseman Adam Fox, the Rangers will add another under-22 defenseman to the organization.

Fox joins a group of right shot defensemen that include Kevin Shattenkirk, Brendan Smith, Tony DeAngelo and Neal Pionk.

Shattenkirk ($6.65 million) and Smith ($4.35 million) are both signed for two-more seasons while DeAngelo and Pionk are RFAs.

On the left side the Rangers have Marc Staal, Brady Skjei, Libor Hajek and Freddy Claesson in the NHL and Ryan Lindgren in Hartford.

Staal ($5.7 million) has two-more years on his contract, Skjei ($5.25 million) has five-years, Hajek and Lindgren have two-more years on their entry-level contracts and Claesson is an RFA.

  • Staal has a no-move clause
  • Shattenkirk has a no-move and modified no-trade
  • Smith has a modified no-trade

If the Rangers were to buy out the final two-years of Shattenkirk and/or Smith and/or Staal’s contracts the cap hits would be:

  • 2019-20: Smith $970,3833 | Shattenkirk $1.483 million | Staal $2.9 million
  • 2020-21: Smith: $3.145 million | Shattenkirk $6.083 million | $3.7 million
  • 2021-22: Smith: $1.45 million | Shattenkirk $1.433 million | $1.2 million
  • 2022-23: Smith: $1.45 million | Shattenkirk $1.433 million | $1.2 million

Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the Rangers will “almost certainly” attempt to trade Shattenkirk this summer and would be willing to eat up to 50% of his contract. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the Rangers attempted to do the same at the trade deadline but only had “nibbles” from teams looking to shed an onerous contract. (NY Post)

John Gilmour and Rob O’Gara are both slated to be UFAs this summer.

2018 first round picks K’Andre Miller and NIls Lundkvist are not expected to be with the organization next season.

Yegor Rykov, who was acquired for Michael Grabner in 2018, could potentially come to North America for next season.

Prospects Brandon Crawley and Sean Day both have one year left on their entry-level deals.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers carried and rotated eight defensemen for most of this past season and it could be easy to see them do the same next season. Which eight though will play itself out over the summer and in training camp. I’m not sure if the Rangers are going to buy anyone out but Brendan Smith would probably be the most likely candidate. He doesn’t necessarily deserve to be bought out based upon how he played up front and on defense but if the Rangers are unable to move him and retain salary a buyout is certainly possible. With the need for veterans on defense and his standing as the second longest tenured Ranger I think Marc Staal will return.

Then there is Kevin Shattenkirk who fits the bill of a veteran but also someone who needs the same kind of minutes and PP time to succeed that Tony DeAngelo, Neal Pionk and Adam Fox would need as well on the right side. Shattenkirk has some protection that can influence where he goes in a trade but there should be a bigger market for him this summer, when teams have more cap space, than at the deadline. It would be a bit of a complex trade to make, with finding a team Shattenkirk would go to and absorbing salary and other assets but one the Rangers are likely going to investigate.

Libor Hajek was very impressive in his brief tenure before getting hurt, Tony DeAngelo progressed in a big way and, if healthy, Neal Pionk has shown to be a capable NHLer so far. Hajek, Fox and Lindgren all can go to Hartford without waivers, and that has an impact but the Rangers will start the year with the players who earn it in training camp and make adjustments along the way.

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Rangers acquire Adam Fox from Carolina for two picks

The Rangers have acquired the rights to and are signing Harvard defenseman Adam Fox from Carolina.

The Rangers are acquiring Fox for two picks:

  • Rangers 2019 Second Round Pick
  • Conditional 2020 Third Round pick. The 2020 Third Round Pick becomes a 2020 Second Round pick if Fox plays in at least 30 games for the Rangers next season.

Fox will join Team USA at the World Championships where he will be teammates with Chris Kreider and Brady Skjei. Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury is the GM for Team USA and Jeff Gorton is an adviser. (Larry Brooks)

From the Rangers release:

  • Fox, 21, skated in 33 games with Harvard University this past season, registering nine goals and 39 assists for 48 points, along with a plus-23 rating and 14 penalty minutes.
  • He was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey in 2018-19, and he was also named a First Team All-American.
  • Fox established collegiate career-highs in several categories during this past season, including goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating.
  • He led the NCAA in assists and ranked fourth in the NCAA in points in 2018-19; he ranked second among NCAA defensemen in points, only trailing Hobey Baker Award winner Cale Makar (49).
  • In addition, Fox led the NCAA in assists per game (1.18) and points per game (1.45) during the past season.
  • He led all players in ECAC Hockey in overall points, as well as in points in ECAC Hockey conference games (33 points in 22 intra-conference games) in 2018-19.
  • The 5-11, 195-pounder has skated in 97 career collegiate games over three seasons (2016-17 – 2018-19) with Harvard, registering 21 goals and 95 assists for 116 points, along with a plus-45 rating and 32 penalty minutes.
  • Fox has led NCAA defensemen in assists and points since he began his collegiate career, and he has registered 17 more points and 19 more assists than any other NCAA defenseman over the span.
  • In addition, Fox leads all NCAA players in assists since he began his collegiate career.
  • Over the last 20 seasons (since 1999-00), he has averaged more points per game than any other NCAA defenseman (1.20).
  • Fox has been named a First Team All-American in each of his three collegiate seasons.
  • Fox helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he registered five points (one goal, four assists) and a plus-six rating while serving as one of the team’s alternate captains, and he was named one of the Top Three Players on his Team in the tournament.
  • He also helped the United States earn a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he notched four assists in seven games.
  • Fox was named the Best Defenseman at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship while helping the United States earn a bronze medal, as he registered nine points (one goal, eight assists) and a plus-15 rating in seven games and led all defensemen in the tournament in assists and points. In addition, he earned a silver medal with the United States at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Fox was originally selected by Calgary in the third round, 66th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Carolina in a trade with Calgary on June 23, 2018.

Fox had been expected to join the Rangers though it was unclear if it would happen via trade or if he would return to Harvard for his senior season and then sign with the Rangers as UFA next summer.

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Adam Rotter: Did the Rangers overpay to get a player they could have gotten for nothing next summer? A little. Was it worth it? Probably, because while it may be more than they were looking to give up, they now have certainty that Fox is in the organization. While the Rangers were Fox’s top choice there was a belief from some around the league that if Carolina included Fox as part of a trade to a big market team that Fox might forego his senior season and sign with the team that acquired him. The Rangers took out all possibilities, remote as they may have been, by sending a second and a conditional third to Carolina to get him. With 10 picks last year and 10 this year, now nine after the trade, the Rangers certainly had draft picks to spare, especially since they moved up to #2 in the lottery, could still get Dallas’ 1st rounder this year and may move up a couple of spots with the Winnipeg pick. Overall the Rangers add a prospect that they really like and another player to the rebuild with high upside.

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The latest rumors on Adam Fox, Carolina and the Rangers

4/13/19 | Larry Brooks writes that “just about everyone in the industry thinks it’s a done deal” for Fox to eventually end up with the Rangers but it’s not known how or when it might happen.

Brooks notes that the Rangers could possibly trade the second round pick they receive if Tampa Bay doesn’t win the Stanley Cup to acquire Fox.

4/6/19 | Carolina is reportedly looking for a first-round pick for Fox right now. (NY Post)

4/2/19 | On TSN’s Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun said the following about Adam Fox: “We know that Carolina has had talks with the Rangers and that is the team we believe that Adam Fox would like to sign with but where it goes from here remains to be seen. The Rangers can’t sign him and burn the first year of his entry level contract for him there is no real urgency to get it done for them and no real urgency for the Hurricanes.”

He adds, “what is the timing of this, what is the price. The Rangers can wait a year and get him as a free agent, I can tell you this right now, if the Rangers offered a second round right now, I’m not sure Carolina would take it. I think the Hurricanes would like that low first round pick, maybe that Winnipeg first round pick that the Rangers own, maybe that would get it done. At the end of the day, don’t close the door on the idea that the Hurricanes convince Adam Fox to change his mind and sign as well, we will see where it goes.”

It was reported yesterday that Fox informed Carolina that he wasn’t likely to sign there and that a trade would be preferred.

Elliotte Friedman wrote earlier today that teams that have checked in on Fox have been told Carolina has a high price for him. (Sportsnet)

Friedman notes that many teams suspect Fox wants to join the Rangers. (Sportsnet)

Adam Rotter: The Rangers should not, and likely will not, pay a high price for Fox since they can just sign him next summer. The one situation the Rangers need to worry about is if Carolina includes Fox in a bigger trade this summer and it’s to a team that may be more appealing to him. If Fox only wants to be a Ranger then he will be a Ranger, it’s just a matter of when. Carolina is unlikely to let him go for nothing so I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s moved on the second day of the draft for a pick and maybe a minor leaguer so that they can get some level of value and the Rangers can bring another talented player to training camp. If that doesn’t work then it will just be a waiting game, similar to Kevin Shattenkirk, where everyone assumes what the end result will be, it will just take time until then.

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How the Rangers factor into Carolina prospect Adam Fox’s situation

9:16PM: Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers are interested in Fox and expects the Rangers to look at trading for him around the draft.

7:15PM: Carolina’s owner says that they are likely to trade Fox. (News and Observer)

4:33M: PIerre LeBrun tweets that the Hurricanes have been informed that Harvard defenseman Adam Fox is unlikely to sign with them and that a trade is the preferred situation.

LeBrun adds that he is guessing that “the Rangers would top the d-man’s list.” (LeBrun)

Reports last week indicated that Fox would return to Harvard and follow the path of Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey by becoming a free agent in August 2020.

Fox, 21, is from Long Island and LeBrun wrote last week that the Rangers are “believed to be” among the teams interested in him. (The Athletic)

Larry Brooks reported around last year’s draft that the Rangers inquired about Fox before Calgary traded his rights to Carolina. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that Calgary’s price for  Fox was “too high.” (NY Post)

LeBrun wonders about compensation for Fox and what the Rangers would be willing to offer to secure Fox.

Fox had previously paired with Rangers prospect Ryan Lindgren at the World Juniors.

A few months ago Fox brought up the long rumored belief that he was going to sign with the Rangers because of where he grew up but said “my dream, my goal, is to play in the NHL. As soon as possible.” (The Athletic)

Fox was recently ranked as Carolina’s second best prospect and 30th prospect overall by The Hockey News Future Watch issue.

They wrote “Fox was the key piece to the blockbuster that saw the Hurricanes acquire Dougie Hamilton and Micheal Ferland. They wouldn’t have done it without getting Fox, because they see him as an elite right-shot PP ace who is already skating, thinking and playing at an NHL level. There have been questions about whether Fox will sign or play one more year at Harvard and then become a UFA, but the Hurricanes are confident they can get his name on a contract.”

If Fox were to play in one NHL game before the end of the season he would need to be protected in the Seattle expansion draft of 2021. (The Athletic)

Fox can only burn the first-year of his entry-level contract by signing with Carolina, even if he doesn’t play a game. (McKenzie)

Adam Rotter: This is an interesting situation because Fox is an important asset to Carolina but no one is going to give up a ton for a player that could easily return to Harvard for his senior year and then sign with that team as a UFA. While the feeling in some NHL circles, for a while, has been that Fox would ultimately end up with the Rangers in some way shape or form I’m not sure what they are willing to give up to get him now vs signing him next year. The Rangers are certainly not going to give up any of the five picks they have in the first two rounds this year nor do I think they’d be willing to move their third or Columbus’ fourth.

I think one situation that could work would be for the Rangers to send Carolina something like a conditional sixth round pick next year that turns into a fourth rounder if Fox achieves some milestone in the NHL next season. By all accounts the Rangers are very high on Fox as a prospect but it’s not yet known if they view him as NHL ready next season. That matters because if they think he needs another year at Harvard then why not give up nothing to get him as a UFA? I don’t think it’s an empty netter that he ends up with the Rangers, this summer or next, but they are considered to be his most likely landing spot.

Fox, of course, would very much be following in the path of another Harvard alum and Ranger Jimmy Vesey by spurning at least two different teams to then sign with the Rangers.