New York Rangers could trade for 2018 free agents centers

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Derek Stepan
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Derek Stepan /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 30: John Tavares /

John Tavares

Okay, I’ll get this out of the way early: this one’s a long shot. The price of trading for a superstar like John Tavares would be astronomical. Think multiple of Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Brady Skjei, and Mika Zibanejad. Add in a prospect and probably a couple of first-round picks. To one of the Rangers’ most-hated rivals.

Honestly, it’s not gonna happen. But…

The whole hockey world knows about the difficulties going on around the Islanders organization. The uncertainty around their rink situation and lack of progression has led to rumblings about Tavares seeking free agency.

If that happens, you can bet the Rangers will be all over him. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that the Rangers attempt to trade to acquire his rights early in the summer and get more negotiating time. A high draft pick might be enough to sway the Islanders if Tavares makes it clear he intends to jump ship.

We can all hope, right?