Back when Rangers winger Vitali Kravtsov refused his assignment to AHL Hartford and was given permission to seek a trade, it was reported that several teams had shown interest in the 21-year-old. According to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli, the Senators and Canadiens were the two teams with the most interest in acquiring the 2018 first-rounder.
Kravtsov came to North America last season after a good showing with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL where he potted 16 goals in 49 games. However, that production didn’t carry over to New York as he had just two goals and two assists in 20 contests with the Rangers. He had a goal in three preseason contests this year but it wasn’t enough to make the team as he was sent down. It was only last week that Kravtsov was officially loaned back to Chelyabinsk to get some playing time and he made an immediate impact, scoring twice while adding an assist in his first game back.
Ottawa has been known to be seeking forward help going back to the start of the season and as a team that’s only now just trying to start to emerge from their rebuild, Kravtsov is the type of player that they would want to add to their existing young core. As for Montreal, their depth is limited when it comes to left-shot wingers so there would be a spot in the bottom six for him to try and fill.
Of course, given his draft pedigree, New York placed a high price tag on Kravtsov’s services, one that clearly no one has met yet. The fact that he’s now playing again can only help his value over sitting at home and a good showing back in the KHL could be enough for teams to up the ante on their offer. Based on Seravalli’s report, the Senators and Canadiens will be among the teams keeping a close eye on how Kravtsov does in the weeks to come.
How about Kravtsov to Bruins for Studnicka….I see maybe Red Wings or Islanders asking too..
Studnicka not even cracking the Bruins second line which is desperate for a center so why would the Rangers deal a top 6 potential forward for a guy who is a fringe 3rd line center who didn’t make the team?
Islanders aren’t even an option.
Possibly because you can flip that scenario pretty much exactly: Studnicka is a prospect the Bruins are very high on, and see as a top 6 potential forward, so why would Boston deal him for a guy who’s so far proven to be a fringe player who didn’t make the Rangers?
They must have seen that Youtube clip I did.
I could see the Sens offering Brannstrom and a pick. Habs maybe something like Poehling and a higher pick like a 2nd.
Krav and a second for Josh Anderson
Rangers should do that if offered
(shrugs) So what’s the Rangers’ stance? “We drafted him too high so you have to compensate us for our misjudgment?” Can’t imagine what makes that Bergevin’s or Dorion’s problem.
No they can hold onto him as he’s recently stated he still wants to be a Ranger. There stands is if you want him we want a big prospect back. Nothing wrong with that?
No, nothing wrong with that, as long as they don’t give a damn whether the other teams point at them and laugh.
Another winger is not really what MTL needs.
I see Pulujarvi 2.0 here. The Rangers just don’t have the top 6 spot to give him a real chance at playing with a good playmaking center. Maybe if he plays this season in Russia and next year, the Rangers decide Kakko is better as a trade chip but more than likely he will have to fins that opportunity in another uniform and will probably succeed elsewhere.
The Rangers do have a top 6 spot for him, but he needs to earn it – he certainly has the talent, just needs to mature and not act entitled. When PB was traded that opened up the door. Rangers are stocked on the LW, where LaF is the odd man out from the top 6.
He is worth a 2nd, no more than that, like Lias Anderson.
Kratsov and another defense prospect to Montreal for Caufield. Rangers need center depth so maybe they are looking to spin him for a young center prospect. Otherwise keep him as he has too much talent to give away and could eventually fit on the top 6. In fact I think his skill set is better than Kakko and LAF.
Nahhh you wrong!
Man, billysbballz, you’ve got a future on the comedy circuit. Why would the Habs give the Rangers one of their brightest future stars for trash they don’t want any more?
And you “think” his skill set is better than Kakko and Laf’s? Based on what, exactly? On his completely tanking in 20 games for New York last year?
He has huge offensive upside. Watch the kid in Russia live. That’s a mens league. I have not seen anything as of yet to reveal Kaapo or Laf have that same skill set. Lastly if Caufield is your brightest future star why was he sent down and how is he doing since being sent down?