New York Rangers still talking to Andrew Cope, Patrick Kane rumors again

June 11, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Rangers center Andrew Cobb (18) celebrated with quarterback Frank Vatrano (77) after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period in Game Six of the 2022 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers still seem to be hoping that something can be done to bring Andrew Cope back. Since the free agency is scheduled to open on Wednesday, July 13th, the window to complete the deal is closing quickly.

Cobb, 28, was the team’s biggest acquisition on the trade deadline. He scored 53 points in 72 games with 18 of those who came with the Blues. In the playoffs, Kop added 6 goals and 14 points in 20 matches.

According to Arthur Staple of The Athlethic (subscription required), sources indicate that Chris Drury is continuing to work on the situation. It should also be noted that all indications point to Ryan Strom’s time in New York as it happened.

New York Rangers working on Andrew Cobb

Per CapFri Friendly, Rangers currently have about $10.2 million in cover space. After making some adjustments, like putting Vitaly Kravtsov and Zach Jones in the lineup, that figure becomes $9.2 million.

If you allocate $2 million for Kabu Kaku’s next deal and $1.5 million for a new reserve goalkeeper, the Rangers would get about $5.7 million for a second streak deal. They will also need to sign other attackers.

Please why is this such a big problem. Rangers simply need more space to cover.

Drury tried to move Patrick Nemeth with a pick in the draft to eat someone the remaining two years at $2.5 million but was unable to do so.

Nemeth is expected to be placed on acquisition waivers before July 12. That will only add $1.5 million to the roof this season but every little bit helps. That’s why I heard the grumbling that Rangers might be forced to move Ryan Reeves and hit his $1.75 million ceiling.

Copp has just completed a one-year deal signed with the Winnipeg Jets for $3.6 million. According to Jeff Marek of HNIC, Cope is looking for a new contract worth a minimum of $5.5 million. While this makes things tight for the Rangers, they can make it work.

Another issue for guards is the term. Copp is unlikely to accept anything less than 5 years old on his next deal which is a problem for next season and beyond. Rangers may have to sign a young player in order to extend the lives of Alexis Lafreniere and K’Andre Miller next summer.

Filip Chytil is also up for a new deal in 2023. He’s currently making $2.3 million and he could be the odd guy out.

Patrick Kane rumors started again

Patrick Kane Rangers
December 4, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goalkeeper Alexander Georgiev (40) looks for a puck after a shot on goal from the right wing Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane (88) in the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Multiple reports indicate that Patrick Kane and his agent will be speaking with Black Hawk management soon about his future. That was expected to happen once the Hawks traded away both Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach in the draft.

Kane, 33, has one year left on a $10.5 million deal. He scored 92 points in 76 games last season and will bring back a bunch of picks and predictions if he’s willing to compromise on the full no-move clause. Blackhawks will also need to hold 50% of this maximum.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post recently wrote a column practically pressuring the New York Rangers to trade in his favour.

The question I ask is this: If Drury thinks this team is close enough to win a cup in 2023 to pay a hefty one-year rent, would it make sense to go as far as possible for Patrick Kane instead of JT Miller?

Larry Brooks, New York Post

Honesty, Patrick Kane and the New York Rangers have often speculated about a return to the last trading date.

“It was reported and I think it’s true that Colorado asked about Kane and I think the Rangers have asked as well,” Elliot Friedman said in March. “It’s been a few times this year when both teams have asked about Kane and I think these two teams have done that and it wouldn’t surprise me if there were more.”

While Kane has been packing a wallop with a good friend and former teammate of Linemi regardless of position, he still brings a nice package.

If the Rangers want 50% Kane, it will cost them at least Kabu Kaku, their first-round pick, and possibly one of their potential defenders. Really exorbitant price but realize Kane will return a nice package even if Blackhawk chooses not to keep a dime.

For now, Kane is a fun thing to speculate on. This conversation will take on a whole new life and become very serious if he explicitly states that he wants to be traded.

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