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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.

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Vitali Kravtsov has refused AHL assignment and has permission to seek a trade

4PM: Elliotte Friedman was on The Jeff Marek show earlier today and said, “I think there is a lot of interest. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be that easy to make a deal because the Rangers will see that interest and say they want something for it, but from what I’ve heard this morning there are a lot of teams who have shown interest. I think there is an opportunity to get something done.”

12:14PM: Vitali Kravtsov has refused his assignment to the AHL and has been granted permission to speak with other teams to facilitate a trade. (Friedman, Brooks, Seravalli)

Kravtsov is expected to be suspended. (Brooks)

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Vitali Kravtsov OUT for the rest of the game

10/2/21 | Kravtsov is day to day and won’t join the Rangers on their trip to Rhode Island that follows tonight’s game in Boston. (Walker)

10/1/21 | 10:58PM: Gerard Gallant said after the game that he didn’t think it was a serious injury to Kravtsov. (NYR)

8:10PM: Vitali Kravtsov has a lower-body injury and will not return to tonight’s game against NJ. (NYR)

Kravtsov played 4:56 in the first period and his last shift ended with 27 seconds left.

He had started the game on a line with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. Lauri Pajuniemi replaced him on that line to start the second period.

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Vitali Kravtsov was on the ice today

12:43 PM: Vitali Kravtsov was on the ice today with Igor Shesterkin and the Rangers “extras.” (NYR)

The main roster had today off.

Kravtsov is expected to practice tomorrow with the full team. (Rosen)

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The goals Vitali Kravtsov is scoring in the KHL this season

9/21/20 | From the Rangers Prospect Report:

  • Vitali Kravtsov tallied a goal/point in each of Traktor’s three games during the past week, notching five points (four goals, one assist) in the three contests, and he posted a multi-point game in each of the final two contests during the week (three goals, one assist).
  • The Rangers’ first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded seven points (six goals, one assist) and 32 shots on goal through the first seven games in 2020-21. Kravtsov extended his goal/point streak to four games (five goals, one assist over the span), and he has tallied a goal in five of seven games this season. I
  • Kravtsov also played on Traktor’s top line in each of the team’s three games during the past week.
  • In addition, he has recorded five or more shots on goal in five of Traktor’s seven games this season, and he has either led all skaters in shots on goal or has tied for the game-high in shots on goal in four of the seven contests.
  • Kravtsov has recorded a point on seven of Traktor’s 17 goals this season, and he has also been on the ice for 10 of Traktor’s 17 goals, including 10 of the team’s last 14 goals.
  • Through the first three weeks of the season (as of the conclusion of games on Sept. 20), he ranks second in the KHL in shots on goal, is tied for second in the KHL in goals, and is tied for ninth in the league in points. Kravtsov is also one of only two KHL players who have recorded five even strength goals thus far this season.
  • Among KHL players who are in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21, he ranks first in goals and points through the first three weeks of the season. Kravtsov leads Traktor in goals, points, and shots on goal, and he ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-five) this season.

From the Rangers Prospect Report on 9/14: “I think he saw a lot, learned a lot, and he looked at it, I think, as an opportunity to grow as a person and a player and to learn more about the Rangers and what we’re trying to accomplish as a team and trying to get him to accomplish as a player. I think everything progressed nicely, and once the league starts back up again, we’re looking forward to getting him back here.” – Chris Drury, Rangers Assistant General Manager and General Manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack, on Vitali Kravtsov’s experience with the Rangers during Phase 3 Training Camp and the 2020 Postseason (Credit: Newsday)