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Vitali Kravtsov signs one-year deal

6/13/22 | 9:16 AM: The Rangers have confirmed the signing.

Elliotte Friedman said on 32 Thoughts that the early ‘guestimation on Kravtsov is that he is staying with the Rangers.’

6/12/22 | 11:20 AM: Vitali Kravtsov’s agent announced that Kravtsov has signed a one-year deal with the Rangers.

Kravtsov was slated to be an RFA.

It is a one-way contract worth $875,000.

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Vitali Kravtsov won’t join the Rangers for the playoffs

6:30 PM: Brooks writes that the Rangers have been “pleased” with Kravtsov’s “progress” this season and that he has been in “regular communication” with Chris Drury throughout the season. (NY Post)
4:42 PM: Larry Brooks tweets that Vitali Kravtsov will not join the Rangers for the playoffs and will instead begin his offseason training in Russia.

Brooks adds that “the plan” is for Kravtsov to come to NY early in the summer to get a “head start” on training camp. (Brooks)

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Where things are with Vitali Kravtsov right now

5:19PM: Kravtsov was ranked 21 on TSN‘s trade bait board.

12:15 PM: Elliotte Friedman said on the 32 Thoughts podcast of Kravtsov, “I think he’s out there. It makes a lot of sense if the Rangers are going to make a move to include him to interested teams that might want to try him out next year. One of the questions that was being asked was if he was coming back to North America and I’ve been told that he is telling teams ‘yes,’ he plans on coming back to North America. The other thing is that he is going to have to go on waivers, so it’s not like teams are going to be sending him down to the minors, you’re going to give him a shot to play. Obviously, he is aware of that, they are aware of that and he is planning on coming back next year.”

11:59 AM: Elliotte Friedman wrote at Sportsnet that teams are doing their “due diligence” to make sure that Vitali Kravtsov will return to the NHL next season.

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Habs and Sens reportedly interested in Vitali Kravtsov

11/9/21 | 2:25PM: Frank Seravalli writes at Daily Faceoff that Montreal and Ottawa “were the two teams that expressed the most interest” in Vitali Kravtsov.

Kravtsov played his first KHL game, after being loaned by the Rangers, on Friday and scored twice, including the OT winner, had an assist and three shots on goal.

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Adam Rotter: The Rangers would seem to have three options with Kravtsov. Trade him for a former first round pick that has yet to establish himself in the NHL, trade him, with a defensive prospect, for a forward that is young, more established and would fit within the Rangers tight salary cap or try to repair the relationship enough that he is willing to come back and work his way to the Rangers.

Montreal has a player in 22-year old Ryan Poehling (25th overall in 2017) that would seem to be a match, but if it were that easy the deal would be done. Ottawa has a bunch of similar prospects but I’m not sure how comparable any of them are to Kravtsov’s situation.

I think this is going to take some time and that there is every chance that this gets settled after the season or maybe he comes back when the KHL season is done, plays well and finds himself part of things again.

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Rangers to loan Vitali Kravtsov to KHL

2PM: The Rangers have confirmed that Kravtsov has been loaned to Traktor.

Chris Drury said in a statement, “After discussions with Vitali and his representation, we decided a loan to Traktor was in the best interests of both him and the organization. We think very highly of Vitali and the Rangers development staff will continue to work with him to reach our mutual goal of him some day being a New York Ranger.”

Kravtsov said in a statement, “I want to thank the Rangers for working with me, and appreciate the open and honest conversations we have had during this process. While this has been a challenging time for me personally, I believe having the opportunity to return to Traktor and work on my game is the best thing for me right now. My main focus is getting better every day to continue towards my goal of playing hockey for the New York Rangers.”

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The Chris Drury dynamic and other parts of the Vitali Kravtsov situation

10/29/21 | Gerard Gallant was on The Michael Kay Show on Thursday and said of Kravtsov, “when he was assigned he never showed up to Hartford and that is the last…I talked to him on the phone briefly and just said ‘Kravy, we’d love to have you back’ and that was about it and I never heard nothing since then.” (ESPN NY 98.7, YES)