Conor Garland (27 years old, $4.95 million AAV) & Brock Boeser (26 years old, 6.65 million AAV)
The Vancouver Canucks are at the cap ceiling but are also committing to a rebuild. It doesn’t make for a pretty picture in “Vancity”. General Manager Patrik Allvin will be looking to add to the franchise youth movement, so a “Kid” will be of desire yet again. The Rangers could benefit from the acquisition of Garland or former NCAA National Champion and NHL All-Star Brock Boeser.
For Garland, he posted 98 points in 158 games in blue and teal. The Scituate, Massachusetts native is a speedy energetic winger who plays larger than his frame and has five years of NHL experience under his belt.
Brock Boeser has faced several challenges in the last few seasons. His name has been in trade conversations since last season following the passing of his father in May 2022. Boeser is good for an average of 51 points per season dating back to 2017-2018.
The Burnsville, Minnesota native is a pure scorer and can be the trigger man on a power play. His net-finding ability can compensate for his mediocre play off the puck. He should be a target for New York following a playoff where no one could find the soft spots in defense or pepper the net when opportunities were present.
Victor Arvidsson (30 years old, $4.25 million AAV)
At his age, it would be a one-year rental to fill the right-wing void for another season.
It may be more beneficial to pursue Arvidsson over other candidates because the Los Angeles Kings organization is not desperate to pry young talent out of the big apple (like Philadelphia, Vancouver, etc.)
In the Kings’ six-game exit this postseason Arvidsson posted 7 points and has 67 games of playoff experience in his NHL career.
He’d also be a target for New York having played for Peter Laviolette in his hay day in Music Town, leading the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final under the guise of the Rangers’ new bench boss.