9:02PM: McKenzie said during the first intermission on NBCSN, "there is no question, the Rangers have interest in a defensean and Cam Fowler is a name that has been out there for some time because the feeling is that the Ducks will have to move him or someone in order to sign Lindholm who is currently out of the lineup. Detroit is another team that has interest."
McKenzie noted that pro scouts tend to descend on this area when the Rangers, Isles and Devils are all at home.
"Is there legitimate interest interest on the part of the Rangers and Red Wings in a player like Cam Fowler, absolutely there is but it's going to be a stiff price. To trade a young top-four defenseman you are probably going to have to give up a top-six forward.
7:33PM: On NBCSN, Bob McKenzie spoke about the Ducks, Hampus Lindholm's contract and the rumors of the team possibly moving Cam Fowler to free up space
McKenzie said that for Fowler, "the price won't be cheap, Bob Murray is likely going to want a good young forward going the other way. I don't know what Murray has asked for from any of these teams or what dialogue he has had but I am sure that if you are the Rangers, Anaheim would love to get a guy like JT Miller or Chris Kreider and the way that Kreider started there is no chance that is going to happen."
He continued "If you are the Red Wings do you give up a Tomas Tatar or Anthony Mantha who is in the minors for Fowler. But the money, Fowler makes $4 million and if they bring back a player who is making $2 million to $3 million you have only opened up a million or two and they need to open up significantly more than that once the Lindholm deal is done."
The Rangers have been watching the Ducks the past few days.
Eddie Olczyk said on NBCSN that if the Rangers are able to add a mobile defenseman they could be a dangerous team.
Adam Rotter: I thought over the summer that the Rangers could have traded Chris Kreider for Sami Vatanen in a deal that would have made sense for both teams. The same kind of deal, forward for defense, would make sense including Cam Fowler but there is zero chance the Rangers trade Chris Kreider. Kreider also makes more than Fowler does and that would do nothing to help their cap situation. The issue is more on the Ducks end and how they find a way to clear space, get a player who can keep them competitive and also get Lindholm signed. While Fowler would fit what the Rangers need, even though he is a left shot, this seems like a complicated deal to make and maybe one that has to involve a few other teams.