The Canadiens in a four-team race for a trade with the Rangers involving Nils Lundkvist?

Published September 11, 2022 at 1:36 PM

The New York Rangers are trying to find a taker for Nils Lundkvist. Last week, it was confirmed that the defenseman had informed the team that he would not be reporting to training camp later this month and would like a fresh start with a new NHL team.

The 2018 first-round pick (28th overall) scored just one goal and four points in 25 games with the Rangers last season, but he racked up three goals and 15 points in 34 games with the AHL's club-school Hartford Wolf Pack. He is stuck behind more established defensemen like Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, K'Andre Miller, Braden Schneider and Ryan Lindgren and has not been able to earn the trust of head coach Gerard Gallant.

According to Lyle Richardson of The Hockey News, clubs in need of depth on the right side of the blue line, such as the Arizona Coyotes, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks, could express interest in Lundkvist.

He thinks Drury will be patient with the matter, though.

"He could hold the young defenseman back if no one meets the asking price. It runs the risk of Lundkvist refusing to report to camp, but it won't hurt the Rangers' blue-line depth for the upcoming season."

So it wouldn't be surprising if Drury gets calls from Arizona, Detroit, Montreal and Vancouver, and will wait for the best offer before pulling the trigger.

Following the release of the news last week, CH fans were already making trade proposals, including the one below. Do you like it?
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