With the March 21 trade deadline only five weeks away, there's a growing sense around the league that the New York Rangers will be among the major buyers.
Cap Friendly shows them with $31.9 million in projected deadline cap space, more than enough to take on one or two quality players. General manager Chris Drury can also draw upon his depth in promising young players and prospects for trade bait.
The Rangers are linked to several teams and players in recent trade rumors. The New York Post's Larry Brooks reports their interest in Vancouver Canucks center (and former Ranger) J.T. Miller is an “open secret.” TSN's Pierre LeBrun included them among the suitors for Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot, adding the Canadiens have an interest in several Blueshirts prospects.
Canadiens VP of hockey operations Jeff Gorton knows those Rangers assets well as he drafted most of them during his tenure as the Blueshirts GM. His targets could include young forwards Kaapo Kakko, Filip Chytil and Vitali Kravtsov or defensemen K'Andre Miller, Nil Lundkvist and Braden Schneider.
Drury could also consider other options. He reportedly kicked tires on Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk and there was talk last month he made a pitch for Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun.
Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli cited sources saying the Vegas Golden Knights have an interest in Alexandar Georgiev, though The Athletic's Arthur Staple indicated the Rangers had yet to receive any real offers for the 26-year-old goaltender.
Drury could recoup a draft pick or prospect that he gives up in a separate deal by moving Georgiev. However, he could retain the 26-year-old to back up starter Ilya Shesterkin for the remainder of the season.