Free Agency is set to begin on Saturday, July 1.
As the NHL is preparing for their Free Agency to begin, the rumors of where players may end up have intensified. Social media and digital sports outlets all have their opinions, so let’s take a look at a few that involve the New York Rangers.
The most talked about free agent and a sure target for the Rangers, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, has been linked to one of the team’s cross-river rivals, the New Jersey Devils.
Expect Devils to be among most serious and aggressive bidders for Shattenkirk.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) June 29, 2017
Losing out to the Devils in the race to sign Shattenkirk would be a dagger in the hearts of all Rangers fans.
Center Nick Bonino is said to have about 10 teams interested in his services. It is believed that Bonino may be looking for a four-or-five-year deal, something that may be too long for the Rangers to consider him a real option.
Many teams in the market for a center have connected with Nick Bonino. At least 10 teams are said to have serious interest at this stage.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 29, 2017
The Rangers have been interested in future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton for some time, but they aren’t the only team that could be in the mix. Recent reports link the Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs with the veteran center.
— theScore (@theScore) June 29, 2017
One of the premier goal scorers of his generation, Ilya Kovalchuk may not be making his return to the NHL after all.
The Ilya Kovalchuk situation remains murky, but whispers have grown over the last 48 hours that he'll likely return to the KHL next season.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 29, 2017
Adding Kovalchuk was always a longshot for the Rangers, as he was still property of the Devils and would have to be acquired via trade. It’s likely the Devils would have put a high price on the winger, especially for one of their rivals.
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