9:36PM: Vegas has confirmed that they have selected Oscar Lindberg from the Rangers.
On NBCSN, Pierre McGuire called Lindberg the Rangers most underappreciated player and said "he is so efficient, every time he is on the ice he makes a difference. He can win faceoffs, block shots, manufacture offense. He's comfortable with the puck on his stick. He's won before in Sweden, he won't be intimidated by the moment and he's a no maintenance player. He just shows up and competes every single day. The kind of player you need to have if you are going to win with an expansion team."
Lindberg, 25, is an RFA and had a cap hit of $650,000 last season.
Lindberg had 3 goals and 1 assist in 12 playoff games, had 17 shots on goal, was 52% on faceoffs, 40 hits and an average of 9:54 per game.
Adam Rotter: Lindberg seemed like he was really starting to come into his own at times this season and certainly in the playoffs where he and Jesper Fast were a pretty solid duo. It's a tough loss for the Rangers but ultimately they lost their fourth line center. Lindberg will get a shot in Vegas to play up in the lineup, an opportunity that would have been tough to come by with the Rangers, even if they move Derek Stepan.
If Boo Nieves is healthy then he likely has the inside track of becoming the Rangers new fourth line center. The Rangers will likely try and bring in a bunch of options and let them battle in training camp for that spot.
In the end, losing Lindberg might be the best outcome for the Rangers. Antti Raanta is supremely important to the Rangers and losing him for nothing would have been a tough blow. The Rangers keep Michael Grabner and his speed as well as eliminate the possibility that Vegas could draft him and then flip him to a team the Rangers would have to deal with, a la Carl Hagelin. Lindberg has youth and some upside but in a situation where the Rangers had to lose one player, he might have been the one to lose.