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What the Matt Duchene to Columbus deal means for the Rangers (Updates)

1:37PM: Darren Dreger tweets that there is a lot of action on Mats Zuccarello and that there have been some teams that have inquired about adding both Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers need to determine what their ultimate goal is when it comes to these trades. Are they still looking to get as many picks as possible, already drafted players, NHLers, some combination of those three? My view is that they can get the most amount of assets by trading them separately but they might get the most quality asset by trading them together. The Rangers are in a good position no matter what direction they go in and if Mark Stone gets moved soon that may only increase the value of Zuccarello and Hayes more.

11:51AM: The Ottawa Senators have sent Matt Duchene to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a package believed to include prospects and picks. (Dreger)

The belief, as of now, is that the Blue Jackets will also hold onto Artemi Panarin as they look to make a playoff run. (Kypreos)

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Where things are with the Rangers, Zuccarello and Hayes (Updates)

2/13/19 Elliotte Friedman said on the NHL Network on Wednesday, “I believe Winnipeg has a lot of interest in Kevin Hayes, the Rangers and Jets have checked on and off a lot this year.” (NHL Network)

Larry Brooks wrote following last night’s game that the Jets are believed to be “among the most interested parties in Hayes. (NY Post)

Brooks adds that the Jets could also be in on Zuccarello. (NY Post)

Bob McKenzie said on NBCSN that there has been a lot of interest in Zuccarello lately and that the price for him is likely to be a second round pick and possibly a prospect.

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The plan for the Rangers with the trade deadline two weeks from today

Pierre LeBrun lists the Rangers as sellers heading into the 2/25 trade deadline and notes that Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello are their “most promising items.” (The Athletic)

He notes that Adam McQuaid is “likely” to be moved and that the Rangers are listening on players like Vlad Namestnikov, noting that he can be had “for the right price.” (The Athletic)

Bob McKenzie said last week on NBCSN that if the Rangers could get a “first round pick and something” for Hayes it would be “fantastic” and a similar return for Zuccarello “would be great too.”

LeBrun says that clearing cap space to make a run at Artemi Panarin “and/or Erik Karlsson” are possibilities. (The Athletic)

LeBrun noted in December that Panarin would be a good fit with the Rangers as a UFA and that Karlsson and Henrik Lundqvist are good friends.

LeBrun notes that he likes Dallas as a fit for Zuccarello and Hayes as a potential fit in Columbus. (The Athletic)

Zuccarello currently sits 6th on TSN‘s trade bait board, Hayes is 14, McQuaid is 29, Chris Kreider is 32 and Namestnikov is 43.

It’s unlikely that the Rangers will move Kreider unless they get a significant return.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers were in a good spot with the trade deadline a few weeks ago but as Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Mark Stone have come up players like Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello have fallen a bit to the back burner. It’s understandable as those three players are all potential top-liners while Hayes and Zuccarello are more likely second-liners. What this means is that Hayes and Zuccarello are likely going to be dealt after decisions on those three players have been made. The Rangers are surely having conversations with teams about Hayes and Zuccarello but those trades may not happen until much closer to the deadline.

Adam McQuaid could probably be moved at any time and will probably be the first Ranger to go in the same way that Nick Holden was last year. He’s a depth player and should be easier to move than the other two. I think there should be a lot of interest in Namestnikov as a top-nine forward that is pretty responsible and has offensive ability. I don’t think the Rangers will get a ton for him, but a second round pick for a player who is signed through next season would be a good return. I think the player the Rangers would love to move the mot would be Brendan Smith. That will be a tall order since he has two-years left on his contract, after this season, with a cap hit of $4.35 million and has been in and out of the lineup. The Rangers would likely have to retain some salary, take a bad contract back or package him with someone else for a lower return of assets. Any relief from Smith’s cap hit, or Namestnikov’s, would be big for the Rangers as they look to gain as much flexibility as possible this summer to sign or acquire players and get the team back to the playoffs. Most believe that Erik Karlsson will remain in San Jose but there are some that think he could join up with good friend Henrik Lundqvist and former Ottawa teammate Mika Zibanejad as a free agent. San Jose was willing to pay up to sign John Tavares so I’d think they will do everything they can to prevent Karlsson from leaving.

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The chance that Zuccarello and Hayes are traded but return this summer

Larry Brooks wonders, in the NY Post, about the idea of the Rangers trading both Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello prior to the trade deadline but then re-sign them as UFAs on July 1.

Brooks notes that this is a rarely seen move in the NHL but that Antoine Vermette, in 2015, and Keith Tkachuk, in 2007, both returned to the teams that traded them. (NY Post)

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The Kevin Hayes situation as he returns to the lineup

2/2/19 – Pierre McGuire, on NBC, noted that the Rangers are “working diligently” to get Kevin Hayes signed.

1/28/19 | Kevin Hayes says that while he he wants to remain with the Rangers he knows that the situation is “kind of” out of his hands. (NY Post)

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Is there is a match with the Avs and Rangers for Kevin Hayes?

The Rangers have had scouts following the Avs the last few weeks and there has been speculation in the past linking Kevin Hayes to Colorado.

Adrian Dater says that there is almost “no chance” that the Avs will trade for Hayes because Colorado is not going to trade “top prospects or top draft picks” for a rental or short-term help. (BSN Denver)

Elliotte Friedman writes at Sportsnet that the Rangers “primary interests” in a return for Hayes are not likely to come from the NHL level. (Sportsnet)

He notes that an “obvious connection” with the Rangers and Avs would be Colorado prospect Shane Bowers (27th overall in 2017) because he spent last season at BU under David Quinn. (Sportsnet)

Friedman adds that the Avs are going to “zealously protect” their top prospects and picks. (Sportsnet)

Mark Kiszla writes in the Denver Post that the Avs should trade for Hayes but that it only makes sense if Colorado wants to sign him long-term. (Denver Post)

Adam Rotter: Hayes would fit with the Avs but I’m not sure there is a great fit with the Rangers and Avs to strike a deal for him. Colorado certainly has the picks, prospects and young assets to acquire Hayes but they don’t seem inclined to move any of them, certainly not for a rental. There is likely to be a ton of interest in Hayes and that should allow the Rangers to get, at the very least, something similar to what they got in return for Rick Nash last year. That is, of course, if the Rangers decide to move Hayes.