Ramblings: Recapping Trade Deadline Day

Michael Clifford

2020-02-25

While most of the news on Monday was for trades, we did get an update that Igor Shesterkin and Pavel Buchnevich were involved in a car accident. Neither has significant injuries, though Shesterkin is said to have fractured ribs. The team said he'll be reassessed in a couple weeks. Buchnevich is considered day-to-day for now.

Thankfully, nothing major came of this. For fantasy owners, it seems like it's back to the early-season duo of Georgiev-Lundqvist.

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Staying with the Rangers, they extended forward Chris Kreider for seven more years with an average annual value of $6.5M, which includes short-term trade protections to hold him off the expansion list. Kreider has endured some gnarly injuries over the years, but he's rebounded from them very well this year with a career-high pace in both goals and points. He's putting up roughly 2.5 shots and 2.0 hits per game to boot. It's been a great year.

The AAV is lower than I imagined it would be – I thought for sure it'd just be the Anders Lee deal – but power forwards tend to not age very well. Just look around at guys like Jamie Benn, Milan Lucic, and Wayne Simmonds from very recent memory. Kreider will be going into his age-29 year in 2020-21.

This is going to be fine in the short-term. The team has some flexibility with guys like Chytil, Kakko, and Fox on cheap RFA deals for next year, and two of them for the year after. With that said, they now have $72M committed to 2020-21 with a couple RFAs to sign. It seems this largely be the roster that the Rangers will go with next season.

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In other news, Ondrej Kase was skating on Boston's second line in practice. It sure seems like he's not far from returning and will get that top-6 spot we thought he would. Give him a week.

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Carolina told us that