Elliotte Friedman wrote last week that the Rangers got some criticism for their return in the Ryan McDonagh deal but that right now they are "flush" with draft picks, prospects and cap space. (Sportsnet)
Friedman said that the Rangers financial resources will give them the ability to do "damage" with that room and added" this is not going to be a long rebuild. (Sportsnet)
Pierre LeBrun was on the radio in Canada last week and said that there is a lot to be excited about with the Rangers, citing the number of high draft picks this year.
LeBrun noted that it's possible the Rangers turn things around quickly and use some of the assets and space they have to acquire a big time player, like Erik Karlsson.
Darren Dreger noted that he does not expect John Tavares to leave the Islanders and then join the Rangers and that if Tavares decides to leave the Islanders he will likely see where he fits best and can try to win quickest.
Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post recently:
- "Rangers fan at 3:30 Monday afternoon: "I'm in for the rebuild."
- "Rangers fan at 8:30 Monday night: "Maybe we can sign John Tavares as a free agent and trade two first-rounders plus a couple of younger guys to Ottawa for Erik Karlsson and get this rebuilding process moving more quickly."
Jeff Gorton was asked, when the Rangers announced they were selling, about a quick rebuild and said that it depended on the players they get back and how the Rangers draft.
He noted that recent lottery teams have turned things around quickly and that "there are enough players out there, moves to be made to improve the team in a quick period of time."
Goton noted that while first round picks are important, 2nd and 3rd round picks are "essential" to building a team.
When Gorton was asked if he intends to make all three first round picks, he said that the Rangers will investigate different scenarios and that having those picks make you popular on the draft floor.
He added, "we are going to look at everything that makes us better and we expect plenty of opportunity for the draft and all different avenues to increase our talent pool."
Following the Ryan McDonagh trade, Gorton said that there is more work to be done, saying "we are trying to build a team, we are adding these assets and doing all of these things but there is a lot of work to be done, a lot of players we need to go out and watch, find out what is going on in the draft, free agency. There is a lot of opportunity to grow as a team and make our team better. That is our goal, that is our mission and what we are going to do and I feel that we are just starting."
Adam Rotter: The Rangers are in a spot where they can do many different things. If they want, they can use a lot of what they acquired at the deadline to go after Erik Karlsson and pair him up with his good friend Henrik Lundqvist. They can make a run at John Tavares, though I think that if he leaves the Islanders he will leave the Eastern Conference, and dive head first into free agency and the potential of a very quick rebuild.
There is no indication that is what the Rangers will do. We aren't even sure yet if the Rangers have finishing tearing things down or if that will continue at the draft and into the summer. All we really know about the Rangers for next season is that Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal and that it's likely they will still have Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich, Chris Kreider and some combination of Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner or Vlad Namestnikov. We expect Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson to be with the team. Vinni Lettieri could have a spot and some grouping of Tony DeAngelo, John Gilmour or Neal Pionk. Everything else is up in the air right now with the question of who will coach this group at the forefront. Jeff Gorton will have a lot of different options when the offseason starts and that kind of flexibility should make things very interesting.