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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.