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.

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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)

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Gerard Gallant reportedly called Vitali Kravtsov to ask him to come back

10/20/21 | 2:24PM: Larry Brooks writes that both Gallant and Chris Drury tried to get Kravtsov to reconsider his refusal to start the season in the AHL but it isn’t known if that was before or after he returned to Russia. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Kravtsov’s reason for refusing his assignment was about his belief that there would never be a top-six spot for him since the Rangers have Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko already in those spots. (NY Post)

12:29PM: Nick Kypreos says that nearly half of the league has inquired about Kravtsov, with the Flames, Jets and Senators among those teams.

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Where some of the Vitali Kravtsov issues started

10/20 | Larry Brooks writes that Kravtsov’s relationship with Chris Drury was not the reason why he refused his assignment to the AHL. (NY Post)

The reason, according to Brooks, had to do with Kravtsov believing that there would not be a spot in the top-six for him with Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko in those spots. (NY Post)

He adds that during his exit meeting last season, the Rangers asked Kravtsov to stay in New York for a bit and “work through a conditioning program designed by the training staff.” (NY Post)

10/19 | In The Athletic, Arthur Staple writes of many issues that have come up in the last few years between Vitali Kravtsov and Chris Drury.

Drury was the GM of Hartford when Kravtsov was first sent down in 2019, went back to Russia and then returned to play in Hartford.

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The latest on Vitali Kravtsov’s situation (Updates)

10/17/21 | Kravtsov has reportedly returned to Russia and was seen at a KHL game. (Sportsology)

10/16/21 | Elliotte Friedman reported on 32 Thoughts that “The Rangers have asked him if he’d like to go to AHL Hartford and work your way back up, Kaapo Kakko got hurt tonight. At this point in time he hasn’t agreed, I don’t know if he will, but the offer is out there to return.”

10/13/21 | 5:04PM: Darren Dreger tweets that there is “good interest” in Vitali Kravtsov and he would be willing to play in the AHL for another team.

Dreger adds that Kravtsov is already willing to consider a contract for next season at around his qualifying offer.

He adds that the Rangers are looking for a “top 6 talent” in return.