Rangers Roundup: Filip Chytil’s commercial bait, Zach Hyman’s best free agent target, and more
28 Dec 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Filip Chytil (72) fights to keep Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) from playing the puck in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Rangers offseason will be the busiest in ages. From hiring a coach, to a potential successful exchange, to exploring the UFA market, Chris Drury is going to be extremely busy. Here are some notes on the latest events.
New York Rangers: Filip Chytil’s Commercial Bait
One of Drury’s top priorities is to reshape the bottom six of his roster to diversify the way the Rangers play. Currently the first three lines of the Blueshirts are a mirror image of each other with just varying degrees of skill. This summer they will be looking to have a lot more bite on their third line which is currently centered by Filip Chytil.
As trade talks around the NHL begin to pick up, one Blueshirt that seems to linger in them is Chytil. Although he has the size, Chytil does not use him in a physical way. However, his potential to become one of the top six forwards has allowed teams to keep an eye on his availability.
Chytil could very well be one of the key pieces moved in a trade for any center this summer. This includes Jack Eichel, Aleksander Barkov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Evgeni Malkin. This makes do not looks like the Rangers would move Ryan Strome and Chytil in the same deal for a center. If Strome is moved to another 1A pivot, then Drury could use Chytil in another trade to get the size and grain of the third row.
Ultimately, Chytil is emerging as one of the candidates most likely not to be here next year.
New York Rangers UFA Target: Zach Hyman
Zach Hyman is a 28-year-old waiting UFA the Maple Leafs desperately want to keep. His next contract will probably come to Range from $ 5.5 to $ 6 million which could be more than Toronto can handle. Before John Davidson and Jeff Gorton were fired, there wasn’t much talk of the Rangers going after a player like Hyman in free agency. This was due more to the fact that his next deal was closer to the first six grants and not something they were looking to do.
Now that the tenure has changed to make the playoffs at all costs next season, Hyman isn’t just on their radar, but perhaps near the top of the list. Keep your eyes on this one as it will gain more traction after the playoffs.
New York Rangers Coach Research Update
Chris Drury and Gerard Gallant met on Friday and according to Pierre LeBrun the interview went well. There will likely be another conversation, but Gallant heads to Lativa to coach Team Canada at the World Championships. The Rangers are expected to interview at least 3-4 more candidates, and Bob Hartley could be the next conversation.
Based on BetOnline.ag, Gerard Gallant is a 5/2 favorite to secure the Blueshirts coaching job. If we use their ratings, the next three to four interviews could be Bob Hartley, Bruce Boudreau, John Tortorella, and Claude Julien.
- Gerard Gallant 5/2
- Bob Hartley 7/2
- Bruce Boudreau 5/1
- John Tortorella 7/1
- Claude Julien 8/1
- Patrick Roy 1/9
- Kris Knoblauch 10/1
- Lane Lambert 12/1
- Mark Messier 12/1
- Mike Babcock 12/1
- Rick Tocchet 12/1
- JoÃ«l Bouchard 18/1
- Rod Brind’Amour 25/1
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