Rangers 2024 trade deadline buzz: Blueshirts have ‘serious interest’ in Jake Guentzel

By | March 6, 2024

Here’s the latest Rangers news and buzz ahead of the March 8 NHL trade deadline…

March 6, 10:52 am

With two days to go until the deadline, the Rangers have “expressed serious interest” in a trade for the Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzelreports Vincent Z. Mercogliano of USA Today.

According to Mercogliano, the demand for Guentzel is a first-round pick and “several” young players.

The Rangers desperately need help downtown Filip Chytil out for the season.

Guentzel, 29, is having another stellar season, with 22 goals and 30 assists for a Penguins team outside the playoffs.

He will be a free agent after this season, so the Rangers won’t have to do any heavy lifting to get him on the roster.

However, the asking price may be prohibitive.

It goes without saying that the Rangers don’t want to part with it Kaapo Kakko in a lease deal, and the same can probably be said for prospects Gabe Perreault And Brennan Othmann.

March 4, 4:30 PM

Rangers swap goal Alex Wennberg seems to be approaching a new home.

The veteran forward was held out of Seattle’s morning skate and will not be available for tonight’s game against the Flames due to “trade-related issues,” head coach Dave Hakstol said.

While the Kraken are still sorting out offers, the Rangers are believed to be among the finalists for his services, according to Vince Mercogliano of USA Today Sports.

Wennberg is a solid two-way mid-six center who has produced nine goals and 16 assists in 60 games this season, and he should arrive relatively cheaply as his contract expires.

If acquired, the 29-year-old would serve as an upgrade Jonny Brodzinskiwhich has been admirably inserted Will Cuylle And Jimmy Vesey on New York’s third line.

February 24, 4:00 PM

While the Rangers are willing to part with their first-round pick for this year if the right deal materializes, New York reportedly has no plans to negotiate with any top players. Brennan Othmann And Gabe Perréault in a potential deadline trade, according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.

“I’ve been told by other teams that every time they’ve brought up the Rangers’ two top players in discussions, the Rangers have shut it down,” Kaplan said during ESPN’s halftime report on Saturday afternoon. “Whatever deal they make, they don’t want to give up either player.”

Othmann made his NHL debut earlier this season and is coming off a strong season with AHL-Hartford, producing 14 goals and 22 assists (36 points) in 45 games.

Perreault was selected in the first round of this year’s draft and he is one of the top players in college hockey, with 50 points through the first 19 games of his freshman campaign.

February 23, 9:45 am

The Rangers have inquired with the Seattle Kraken about the center Yanni Gourdeaccording to Arthur Staple of The Athletic.

Gourde, 32, has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 54 games for the Kraken this season and has a minus-5 plus-minus. He is averaging 17:46 on the ice per game and has won 47.6 percent of 727 faceoffs.

However, Staple noted that a deal with the Rangers for Gourde would be “difficult” to complete due to his salary cap situation ($5.17 million) and because Seattle likes what he brings to their team.

It was previously reported that the Blueshirts had contacted the Kraken Alexander Wennbergwhich Staple said “would be an easier move and could be a solution for the Rangers anywhere in their top nine.”

Wennberg, 29, has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) with a plus-2 in 56 games for Seattle this season while averaging 18:40 TOI per game.

February 21, 8:36 am

The Rangers, who are dealing with multiple injuries to key players and hold a six-point lead in the Metropolitan Division, are looking for serious reinforcements ahead of the March 8 trade deadline.

And with Filip Chytil There is a clear need for center for New York this season.

To that end, the Rangers are “targeting” the Seattle Kraken center Alex Wennbergreports Larry Brooks of The New York Post.

Wennberg, 29, is making $5 million this season ($4.5 million cap hit) and is a pending free agent.

This season he scored eight goals and fourteen assists in 55 games.

The Kraken are on the outside with 57 points and looking in when it comes to the playoff picture in the Western Conference. So they could be motivated to move players who are in their walking year.

February 16, 8:59 am

The Blueshirts have their eye on the Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton.

According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, a recent report that the Rangers are unwilling to trade their 2024 first-round pick at the deadline is inaccurate, meaning they could potentially dangle it to Laughton or another target.

Laughton, 29, had seven goals and 17 assists for the Flyers this season and signed through the 2025-2026 season with an annual cap hit of $3 million.

February 5, 9:44 am

The Rangers added Frank Vatrano at the deadline a few seasons ago, and there’s a chance they could turn to him again.

According to Arthur Staple and Eric Stephens of The Athletic, the Blueshirts have inquired with the Ducks about the Vatrano trade.

Vatrano, who is coming off his first All-Star appearance, scored 22 goals and 14 assists in 50 games for Anaheim this season.

He is on pace to match his highest goals of last season (24 in 2018-19) and points (41 in 2022-23).

Unlike the recently traded ones Sean Monahan And Elias LindholmVatrano is not a rental player.

The 29-year-old, who is making $3.65 million this season, is under contract through the 2024-25 season at the same salary.

February 2, 11:06 am

Possible Rangers goal Sean Monahan is being traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Winnipeg Jets, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Jets are sending a first-round pick and a conditional pick to Montreal.

Because the Rangers may need two centers due to Filip Chytil Due to his absence this season, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said earlier this week that “one of the teams people are watching” regarding Monahan was the Rangers.

“I think a number of teams are wondering if Monahan is on the Rangers’ radar,” Friedman noted.

However, Friedman added that there was “no love lost” between the Rangers and Canadiens front offices, which could have added a wrinkle to a potential deal.

Monahan, 29, is having a strong season, with 13 goals and 22 assists in 49 games.

He has scored 27 or more goals five times during his nine-year NHL career and has recovered well after groin surgery that ended his 2022-23 season.

Monahan will make just $1.985 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent after that year.

January 31, 9:15 PM

The Rangers had the Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm on their list, but he won’t be coming to New York.

The Flames agreed to send Lindholm to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a big return at forward Andrei Kuzmenkodefenders Hunter Brzustewicz And Joni Jurmoa first-round pick and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft, Canucks general manager Patrick Allvin announced.

In 49 games this season, Lindholm has nine goals and 23 assists.

January 31, 9:52 am

With the Rangers in serious need of help at the center position, Chris Drury and Co Elias Lindholm of the Calgary Flames “at the top” of their wish list, reports Larry Brooks of The New York Post.

The 29-year-old Lindholm will make $4.85 million this season and will hit free agency after this year.

According to Brooks, the bidding for Lindholm could be intense, potentially requiring the acquiring team to give up a first-round pick, plus “at least one legitimate prospect and perhaps a young, NHL-ready player.”

The above would be an incredibly high price for a rental property.

In 49 games this season, Lindholm has nine goals and 23 assists.

He scored 22 goals and 42 assists last season, following the career year he had in 2021-22 when he had 42 goals and 40 assists.

January 30, 7:30 PM

While the Rangers look to upgrade their team before the deadline, GM Chris Drury is reportedly taking calls on the former second overall pick Kaapo Kakkosaid TSN’s Darren Dreger.

“To lose [Filip] Chytil for the rest of the season is a big blow to the Rangers, but New York has cap space and possibly the assets like Kakko to acquire a significant piece,” Dreger said in Tuesday’s Insider Trading edition.

With new head coach Peter Laviolette Behind the bench, Kakko started the year alongside Mika Zibanejad And Chris Kreider on the top line, but he was quickly demoted after registering just three points in the first eleven games.

Still only 22 years old and playing on a cheap contract, New York may be able to recoup an asset to help their Stanley Cup push.

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