No trades yet for Rangers, but rivals making moves

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As of 11am the New York Rangers have made no moves on trade deadline day.  The deadline is 3pm EST and they are expected to make some moves.  We shall see.

Smart money still has Rickard Rakell as the player the Rangers are looking for.  Other names being mentioned include Max Domi of Columbus, Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen and Winnipeg’s Andrew Copp.  Jake DeBrusk just got signed to a 2-year, $4 million extension in Boston, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t trade him.

Defense targets include Jakob Chychrun of Arizona and Seattle’s Carson Soucy.

Here’s what has happened so far with deals that will or could impact New York.

Analysis:  A Metropolitan Division rival gets a depth forward in Johnansson who played seven years in  Washington to start his career.

Analysis: Defense depth for the playoffs for the Penguins in Beaulieau, a player with 400 NHL games under his belt, though he is currently on Injured Reserve.

Analysis:  Appleton gives the Jets some center depth, this could be a precursor to the Jets trading Andrew Copp, a potential target for the Rangers.

Analysis:  A solid goalie for the Stars who have lost Anton Khudobin to injury and a back up for Braden Holtby and Jake Oettinger.  If the Rangers were looking to trade Georgiev, Wedgewood could have been a target as a possible backup acquisition.

Analysis:  Tampa keeps loading up for the stretch run.  Nick Paul is a physical winger perfect for their bottom six.  Joseph is a good young player for the Senators.  Makes an Eastern Conference rival tougher.

Analysis:  Nothing to lose sleep over.  The Canucks need defense help.  Dermott wasn’t going to play much with the Giordano acquisition.  With the Rangers mentioned as a potential trade partner with the Canucks, this helps one of Vancouver’s weaknesses.

Analysis:  Chris Drury could have made this trade, but obviously felt the price was too high.  The deal takes two potential Rangers targets out of the market.

Analysis:  Decent depth defense pick up for an Eastern Conference rival.  It didn’t cost the Panthers very much.

Analysis:  The prize of the deadline trade targets, the Panthers get Giroux along with two AHL players.  Owen Tippett was #10 overall in 2017 (3 picks after Lias Andersson), but hasn’t developed the way the Panthers thought he would.  Two high picks headed to a rebuilding Flyers team.

Analysis:  Boston gets better with the best defenseman available at the deadline. They then went out and signed Lindholm to an extension..  Curran is a 32-year-old minor leaguer.  The Ducks get a haul in this deal, all future assets except the ex-Ranger Moore.

Analysis:  If the Rangers were looking for toughness, Delauriers fits the bill.  He wasn’t what the Blueshirts need this deadline.

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