Mats Zuccarello Rumors

Mats Zuccarello’s Instagram post after being traded

7:13PM: Zuccarello scored and picked up an assist for Dallas today but also blocked a shot that is expected to keep him out of the lineup for four weeks.

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The latest updates on the Rangers and trade rumors (Updates)

9:54PM: Nick Kypreos said on Hockey Night in Canada that Kevin Hayes is believed to be “Plan B” for a bunch of teams that are currently interested in Ottawa’s Mark Stone. (Sportsnet)

He mentions the Jets as a team that could be interested in Hayes and notes that their first round pick and maybe a prospect like 6-7 defenseman Logan Stanley might be enough. (Sportsnet)

Stanley was the 18th overall pick in 2016 by the Jets.

Kypreos also mentions the Predators as a team that could be in on Hayes. (Sportsnet)

Mats Zuccarello Rumors

Mats Zuccarello traded to Dallas for draft picks

The Rangers have traded Mats Zuccarello to Dallas for two conditional draft picks. (Dreger)

The picks acquired and their conditions are (Bob McKenzie):

  • 2019 2nd Round Pick: Becomes Dallas’ 2019 1st round pick if the Stars win two playoff rounds
  • 2020 3rd round pick: Becomes Dallas’ 2020 1st round pick if Zuccarello re-signs with Dallas.

From the Dallas Stars release, “The second-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft will become a first-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft if the Stars advance to the third round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs and he plays in at least 50 percent of the team’s cumulative games over the first two rounds. The third-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft becomes a first-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft should Dallas re-sign Zuccarello in the off-season.

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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.