the New York Rangers She entered the All-Star break with a solid record and a good hold on third place in the Metropolitan Division.
As we await the results of today’s Capitals game against the Maple Leafs, the Blueshirts have a four-point lead over fourth-placed Washington. That could be cut to two with a Caps win, but New York will have a three-game advantage after Sunday’s game.
For this article, I will categorize current roster, picks, and prospects into three categories: untouchable, potential, and commercial bait.
That very well could change depending on injuries between now and the March 3, 2023 NHL trade deadline.
New York Rangers Trade Classes: The Untouchables
The pariah class is very straight forward. These players are key pieces of the season, and many go far beyond that. In some cases, a player’s contract contains trade protections that automatically put him at that level.
- Adam Fox (NMC in 2025-26)
- Alexis Lafreniere (RFA)
- Artemi Panarin (NMC)
- Barclay Goudreau (adjusted without trade)
- Penn Harbor
- Braden Schneider (ELC)
- Brennan Osman (ELC)
- Chris Kreider (NMC – revised 2024-2025)
- Philip Shetel (RFA)
- Igor Shesterkin (Non-Trade Ratio in 2023-24)
- Jacob Trueba (NMC – revised 2024-2025)
- Yaroslav Halak (NMC)
- Jimmy Veese
- K Andre Miller (RFA)
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- Mika Zibanejad (NMC)
- Ryan Lindgren
- Vincent Troschek (NMC – revised 2025-2026)
- Well Coil (ELC)
This list contains 7 players with either a full no-move or no-adjustable trade for the season. In addition, they are important components required for the operation of the cup.
Young players such as Alexis Lafreniere, K’Andre Miller, Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko, Ryan Lindgren and Braden Schneider are also mentioned here. Everything can be traded, but they are the future of the franchise and it is highly unlikely that they will be transferred by this deadline or in the off-season.
Finally, I have two possibilities on this list, Brennan Osman and Will Cowell. Osman has the potential to be a top six winger for the franchise in the near future. Meanwhile, Coyle looks set to play in the bottom six next season.
potential for trade
This list below consists of players Chris Drury might transfer due to future cap considerations such as Julien Gauthier, and some prospects that could be used to sweeten trade deadline deals.
- Adam Sikora (ELC)
- Bobby Trevigno (ELC)
- Dylan Garand (ELC)
- Jake Lechichen
- Julien Gauthier (RFA w/ Arbitration)
- Lori Pagoniemi (RFA)
- Matthew Robertson (ELC)
This is usually the hardest and most interesting layer to compile. Insiders are very firm that Rangers will do everything they can for Patrick Kane. Should they fail to land him, Vladimir Tarasenko or James Van Riemsdyk could be alternative options.
Cap space permitting, the Rangers will also look to add some depth pieces for their extended postseason run, and since there are only so many first-round draft picks to go around, they may need to take a dip in this group.
Trade the bait – it is more likely to be traded
The list of potentially traded Rangers has grown since last This list was published in November. Still includes their first-round pick in 2023, which the Dallas Stars gave them (with conditions) in Nils Lundkvist Deal.
- 2023 First Round (2)
- Libor Hajek (RFA w/ Arbitration)
- Ryan Carpenter (UFA)
- Sami Bliss (UFA)
- Vitaly Kravtsov (RFA w/ Arbitration)
- Zack Jones (RFA)
Defenseman Libor Hajek has been in this place for two seasons and even if he is not transferred, he will probably be somewhere else next season. Ryan Carpenter and Sammy Blais have just been added, though I doubt there will be much interest in these pending UFAs.
The most obvious trade piece is winger Vitaly Kravtsov. He’s the ninth overall pick in the 2018 draft and has a good upside. My guess is he’ll need to be associated with a first-round pick to touchdown either Kane or Tarasenko. Plus the Rangers will want these teams to eat 50% of their max which always requires a motivational piece.
Zack Jones has now moved onto this list after Penn Harbor signed a two-year extension and Matthew Robertson could potentially be ready to compete for a place in the regular line-up next season. Jones wants an opportunity elsewhere and is a logical trading chip.
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