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Not that it's surprising, but goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would love it if the Rangers managed to sign John Tavares.

"He’s a great player, there’s no question about it. Of course, if he would like to play for us, that would be big," Lundqvist said. "I have a lot of respect for him as a player. He’s done a great job so many years." Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It's still entirely possible that he'll re-sign with the Islanders, but the uncertainty of his situation has led to plenty of speculation, some of it not terribly realistic. Him going from the Islanders to the Rangers though would have to be particularly tough for Islanders fans to swallow if it actually happened.
May 10 - 5:52 AM

Jim Montgomery has reportedly emerged as a frontrunner to be the next head coach of the New York Rangers.

Montgomery was seriously considered to be the Panthers' bench boss in the summer of 2017, but he eventually pulled himself from consideration so that he could stay with the University of Denver. Montgomery also reportedly rejected an offer from the Los Angeles Kings to serve as an assistant coach. It's not entirely clear if Montgomery has since decided that he'd be open to leaving the University of Denver, but Rangers GM Jeff Gorton is reportedly "very impressed" by Montgomery. Further complicating things is that the Dallas Stars are also believed to have interest in Montgomery for their vacant head coaching job.
May 2 - 7:27 AM

Larry Brooks speculated that the Rangers would be in the hunt for Tyler Bozak if he became available on the trade market.

Brooks went on to list defenseman Nick Holden as a piece that could potentially be involved in such a trade on the Rangers' side. It's an interesting speculation and the idea of the Maple Leafs shopping Bozak, now or in the not-so-distant future, can't be dismissed. Bozak is entering the final season of his five-year, $21 million contract and re-signing him could be an issue for the Maple Leafs given that they'll need to keep money open for William Nylander, Auston Matthews, and Mitchell Marner, who will all likely get big contracts once their entry-level deals are up. Toronto's cap situation at the moment is also a bit tenuous. They are technically significantly over the ceiling, but Nathan Horton and Joffrey Lupul will likely go on the LTIR, which will provide Toronto with considerable relief once the season begins.
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 11:31:00 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk is reportedly unlikely to end up with the New York Islanders or Rangers.

The Rangers were previously listed as one of the teams gunning for Kovalchuk, but they've reportedly pulled out of the bidding while the Islanders are also apparently not interested. Kovalchuk would need to sign with the New Jersey Devils and then have them trade him to the team of his choosing, so in addition to whatever his salary would be, any team interested in Kovalchuk would also need to provide the Devils with assets to make it worth their while. St. Louis, San Jose, and Toronto have also been previously cited as possible destinations for Kovalchuk.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 04:07:00 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have reportedly joined the list of teams interested in acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk has spent the last four seasons in the KHL, but he's considering returning to the NHL for the 2017-18 campaign. The thing is that Kovalchuk's only way of getting back in the NHL is by signing with the New Jersey Devils. He was originally signed with the Devils and got out of his contract by retiring and then immediately heading to the KHL, which is why they still control his NHL rights. That being said, the Devils have the option of signing and then immediately trading Kovalchuk, which is a very real possibility. St. Louis, the New York Rangers, Toronto, and San Jose have also been thrown out there as possible destinations for Kovalchuk.
Mon, Jun 5, 2017 02:58:00 PM


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