Updated New York Rangers offseason scenarios: Eichel, assistant coaches, buyouts, and more
The New York Rangers offseason will soon shift into high gear. If the Tampa Bay Lightning can knock out the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 tonight, the action around the league could resume.
Chris Drury ticked off a big item off his to-do list when he hired Gerard Gallant. The next step will be hiring assistant coaches, finalizing the Protected Extension Draft List, and then what to do with the 15th pick in the Draft.
Let’s go over the latest information on what fans should watch out for this summer.
New York Rangers Assistant Coaches Search
Mike Kelly was Gallant’s assistant in Florida and Vegas. However, both also worked in the QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs. Kelly was Gallant’s assistant from 2010 to 2012 during her stay. Kelly has also worked as a general manager and head coach in various other stops, including winning gold with Team Canada in 2003 at the IIHF U18 Worlds.
There’s a good chance he’ll return alongside Gallant with the Rangers.
Another name to watch out for is Ryan McGill who Gallant also worked with in Vegas. He played for the Blackhawks before becoming a coach in the OHL and WHL. McGill also has ties to the Blueshirts as head coach of the Wolf Pack from 2003 to 2005.
Finally, according to a report by AthleticismDan Girardi is considered part of the new coaching staff. He’s most likely a candidate Drury wants, but it looks like Don Granato in Buffalo will want bring it back to the staff.
What will the Rangers do with their first round pick?
We reported on June 7 that the Rangers’ top pick was up for grabs this summer.
On July 23 and 24, the NHL Draft will take place and Chris Drury currently holds the 15th pick after the draw.
There has been speculation that the Rangers, who have an overload of young players and prospects, would be the 15th pick overall. A knowledgeable source has confirmed that all options are on the table this summer and that includes moving the selection to the first round.
The speculation was that the choice would only be in a trade for a big center like Jack Eichel. Another source informed me that even if the Rangers missed the Sabers’ center, they could still use that pick to improve in other areas.
Who will the Rangers lose in the Seattle expansion
The Seattle Kraken will begin building their hockey team on July 21. This is the date set for the extension project. We know Blueshirts will likely expose Tony DeAngelo, unless they choose to buy him out before that. The first redemption window opens 48 hours after the end of the final and ends on July 27. That’s why I don’t think the Rangers will use it until the 22nd. Its buyout will add just over $ 4 million in ceiling space, giving them nearly $ 30 million in space.
Either way, the Kraken is unlikely to select DeAngelo. I believe it will come back to Brett Howden and Julien Gauthier, but the Rangers must sign them to qualify and meet the requirements. Otherwise, it will be Colin Blackwell exposed and taken by the Kraken.
Rangers trading for Jack Eichel or another top center
As for Jack Eichel, trade talks resumed around the 24-year-old center. A deal comes before the NHL Draft, I’m 100% sure.
Over the past week, the Rangers have re-engaged with the Sabers in trade talks. A recent report by Larry Brooks of the NY Post stated that Chris Drury was in contact with the Sabers. He wasn’t sure if it was due diligence or more, but it looks like the Rangers are back in the mix.
Eichel’s agent also said: “We are communicating with the team and moving towards a resolution.”
While other media insists there are a number of teams on Eichel, I feel like it’s at Rangers and Ducks. If the Rangers miss Eichel, they could still go after Evgeny Kuznetsov or Sean Monahan.
Who will the Rangers add to the blue line
The Blueshirts are said to be adding a veteran to the blue line, most likely through free agency. Depending on how things are going on Eichel’s front, I doubt they’re in the market for a big name like David Savard. The growing consensus was the defender of UFA Alec martinez but he may be looking for too many years at 34.
There’s also the Trade Route, and a former Golden Knights defenseman who played for Gallant is available in Vancouver. If the Canucks eat a little paycheck, a deal could be in the cards.
How the Rangers will rearrange the last six
This is probably one of the main reasons from a programming standpoint why the old regime was changed. The Rangers need to change their last six to be able to fight in the difficult Eastern Conference. I have already dropped a few potential UFAs like Casey Cizikas and Jordan Martinook here.
Other cheaper options could be Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow in Tampa.