We will start with a familiar face and someone that a lot of people want to bring back to the bright lights of Broadway. Frank Vatrano of the Anaheim Ducks is the first name we get to. Having an incredible season out in Orange County, the Ducks forward has been rumored to have a lot of teams questioning his availability. It's been a few years since he was a Ranger, but Vatrano left a good impression on the Blueshirt faithful.
Moving into his tenure as a Duck when he joined Ryan Strome as a member of the Anaheim Ducks, he's been a productive team member that has had some issues with putting the puck in the back of the net. Vatrano played in 81 games during his first season as a Duck, throwing up 22 goals and 19 assists for 21 points. 20 goals in that Ducks lineup is quite the achievement, but this year, Vatrano's gone to a new level.
Through 50 games, Frankie's got 22 goals and 14 helpers for 36 points. He's been a dominant force for Anaheim, even getting himself an all-star game appearance. The flip side of this is that Vatrano has a few issues keeping the puck out of his own net. He was a -29 last year and is currently a -13 this year, despite his scoring. Now, how much of that is because of the Ducks and how much of that is the player is up for debate.
If the Rangers were to put the 2025 first-round pick on the table, the organization might be able to combine it with a package that is large enough to convince the Ducks to part ways with the East Longmeadow, Massachusetts native. He's got another year on his current contract, making just $3.65 million a year, and at the age of 29, it's a pretty safe bet if the Rangers wanted to take the route of a reunion.