Vitali Kravtsov

Vitali Kravtsov has an upper body injury and won’t return

10:33PM: Gerard Gallant said this about Kravtsov after the game, “Just that he’s day to day, upper body and we’ll evaluate him tomorrow. You can never tell much early on after a game, the doctors will tell us tomorrow.”

8:40PM: Vitali Kravtsov will not return to tonight’s game after suffering an Upper Body injury. (ESPN)

Kravtsov was hit by Victor Hedman at 7:01 of the first period.

He played three shifts for a total of 1:28.

2022 New York Rangers Offseason Vitali Kravtsov

Where could Vitali Kravtsov fit for the Rangers this season?

As expected, Vitali Kravtsov has returned to New York to get a “head start” in preparing for training camp. (Walker, The Athletic)

Kravtsov left the Rangers and returned to Russia instead of accepting an assignment to Hartford at the start of the season.

He signed a one-year deal in June that is worth $875,000.

After the Rangers were eliminated from the playoffs, Chris Drury said that the team has never “wavered” from their belief that Kravtsov is an “all-world talent” that can do “a lot of things on the ice that” other players can’t. (NY Post)

2022 New York Rangers Offseason Vitali Kravtsov

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.

Vitali Kravtsov

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.

Vitali Kravtsov

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.

For everything on Kravtsov since he refused assignment to Hartford, CLICK HERE.

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.