With the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching, the trade rumors and talk amongst general managers across the league will hit a higher gear. Being one of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division and NHL, if the New York Rangers decide to dip into the market, then they are guaranteed to be buyers. Last month I discussed how Chris Drury needs to address his top six via trade for a RW or a C/RW hybrid. There is however a new possibility for the Rangers to add in a different area but he won’t come cheap.
Enter Jakob Chychrun.
Chychrun is a tantalizing talent and is still very early into his career at only 23 years old. He’s coming off a spectacular season for the Coyotes where, had he been on a better team, he would’ve received serious Norris Trophy consideration. This talented left shot d-man can play in every situation and would be a very nice fit on the second pair alongside Jacob Trouba.
Acquiring a player of Chychrun’s ilk won’t come cheap and rightfully so regardless of the top defenseman’s struggles this season. The rumor is the Coyotes are seeking a high value package in return for their young blueliner. If you are looking to put a package together for Chychrun it’ll likely have to include at least a young roster player, prime prospect, and a first round draft pick.
Acquiring him at the deadline would signal to the rest of the league that Drury isn’t wary about pushing his chips to the center of the table to make his young team a true Cup contender. He would slot into the Rangers top four defense and make them an even deeper and more dominate defensive team. This would also be adding more of an offensive punch from the blueline so that Adam Fox wouldn’t be the primary driver of the teams offense from the back end. He could slide in as Trouba’s partner and that could help unlock some of the offense we saw from Trouba that made him such a sought after commodity a few years ago.
Right now though I would be wary of making such a move if I were Chris Drury. The Rangers have been in a huge groove and acquiring a player like this mid season could potentially upset the balance of the locker room and throw things off. A move like this would likely require seeing a d-man like K’Andre Miller or Ryan Lindgren moved in a separate deal or part of the package. I can’t even begin to describe how much of a crippling move it could be for the Rangers to trade Ryan Lindgren. Lindgren has fantastic chemistry with Adam Fox and Lindgren’s steadiness in his own end allows Fox the freedom to take chances offensively.
Not saying that a Chychrun trade to the Rangers is likely or that Chychrun will be moved out of Arizona at all. For the Coyotes it seems unfathomable that they would move a player that they could carry through the rebuild and be a franchise staple for a long time. With all the uncertainty surrounding the Coyotes though at the moment and how their general manager has restocked and loaded up for the draft it wouldn’t be surprising at all if a massive trade happens.
With the way the Rangers have played it wouldn’t shock me at all if we find out that Chris Drury has kicked the tires on a potential deal. Any smart GM would have already done so.Embed from Getty Images