Phil Posted January 20, 2019 Share Posted January 20, 2019 It’s not difficult to see why these two teams might show particular interest in one another, either, as each has exactly what the other needs. The Avalanche, who are led by arguably the best line in the NHL, could still stand to bolster their offensive ranks with quality secondary scoring for a lengthy post-season run this spring. The Rangers, on the other hand, have plenty of it to offer, and should be fueled by a bleak sense of hope that they might eke out a playoff spot themselves. ”I don’t want them lunging for the playoffs. Nobody’s job depends on whether we make the playoffs or not,” Madison Square Garden CEO, James Dolan, told the New York Post earlier this month. While the Rangers have a bevy of forward options the Avs would likely find attractive, it’s hard to imagine Colorado aren’t most excited about the idea of acquiring Kevin Hayes. The pending unrestricted free agent center is, if not the top prize on the market, then a sizable consolation prize to anyone looking for an impact pivot. And he’s not the only Ranger likely to spark Colorado’s interest. With a whopping $56-plus million in projected deadline space available to them, the Avalanche could essentially buy an entire line of help so long as they were willing to give up on the future assets it would cost them in exchange. To this end, some combination of Hayes and Chris Kreider, Jimmy Vesey, Vladislav Namestnikov, Mats Zuccarello, Jesper Fast, and/or perhaps even Pavel Buchnevich could all be considered in a package deal if the Avs were so inclined. No, rather, it’s their deep prospect pool that probably has Gorton circling in the hopes of prying away a forward prospect like Martin Kaut, or either of Colorado’s premiere defenders, Conor Timmins, and Cale Makar. The latter was a presumed target of the Rangers, who attempted to move up in the 2017 draft to select him. Kaut, 19, was taken 16th overall in last year’s NHL Entry Draft, seven spots after the team drafted Vitaly Kravstov with the ninth overall pick and six before they selected K’Andre Miller, after the team moved up to 22nd. The young rookie has 16 points in 32 games playing for the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles, who as it turns out, the Rangers are also scouting: Link: https://twitter.com/AJHaefele/status/1086820401768914944 Timmins, 20, who has already suffered concerning ankle and head injuries that he’s worked his way back from, played for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2015 to 2018 where he was teammates with current Rangers’ prospect Tim Gettinger. Suffice it to say, if the Rangers have interest, they should have a good idea of the player they would be looking to acquire. Or, perhaps the Rangers inquire about Tyson Jost, the 2016 tenth overall pick, who was sent back to the AHL earlier this week. The versatile forward, who can play both center and wing, is known for his excellent skating ability and was taken high in the draft for his offensive instincts. He’s just yet to take command of the opportunities he’s been given to make the Avalanche full-time. There’s also Shane Bowers to consider. The 19-year-old center has direct ties to first-year Rangers head coach David Quinn, who not only coached the now-sophomore Boston University (BU) product, but recruited him to BU in the first place. https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2019/1/20/18190146/an-avalanche-to-start-the-fire-sale Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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