Rangers Roundup: Happy Artemi Panarin, Drury’s take on rentals, plus Lundqvist and Sundin
February 1, 2022; New York, New York, United States; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta – USA TODAY Sports
Artemi Panarin is hot these days. After picking up three assists in last night’s win over the Anaheim Ducks, he’s had 1 goal and 7 assists in just his last two games. The Breadman also has a five-game point streak where he put up 12 points (1G–11A).
His recent surge in goalscoring propelled him on the NHL points ladder for 7th place, where he is tied with Mikko Rantanen of the Avalanche. Panarin is 14 points behind Connor McDavid, who leads the league with 85 points.
Panarin struggled earlier this season but has returned to his usual goalscoring rhythm since joining Rangers. His average of 1.29 points per game is good for the 6th.
Happy Artemi Panarin
Panarin, 30, has 71 points in 55 games this season for the Rangers and while he’s always smiling, the Breadman seems to be having more fun than usual lately.
Last night, when explaining the Rangers OT winner scored by Adam Fox, Panarin provided his expert analysis.
“Maybe if he saw that the 2-on-1 was with someone else, Fox wouldn’t have done it after such a long shift,” Artemi said with a laugh.
The Breadman felt it even when he wasn’t directly interviewed. As Chris Kreider was asked to score 400 career points in the win, he looked up at Panarin, who was on the sidelines and said, “Hey Bread! What do you have, 450 points in about half the games? »
Panarin shot back, “I only care about the more the less.”
Well, it looks like the more Panarin has fun, the more he scores… so laugh it up boys.
Chris Drury’s take on rentals
The Rangers are expected to make a few trades before the NHL trade deadline expires at 3 p.m. ET on March 21.
On Chris Drury’s radar, there are a number of pending UFAs, who are known as rentals because there is a good chance they will sign elsewhere on July 1, when the free agent market s ‘will open.
However, a person familiar with the Rangers approach told us the general manager was loath to use a top-notch asset in exchange for a hire like the Ducks’ Rickard Rakell, the 28-year-old who was Zibanejad. teammate of the Swedish team at the 2018 World Championships.
Larry Brooks, New York Post
That’s good news for players like Nils Lundkvist and Zac Jones, who Drury sees as top-notch prospects. Again, Vitali Kravtsov could be moved for Rakell today, but the Ducks want a first-round pick.
Henrik Lundqvist wooing Mats Sundin
In case you missed our article last night, Henrik Lundqvist was asked about a trade or signing that nearly happened during his time with Rangers.
“I remember a year when Mats Sundin was leaving Toronto, so Rangers said to me, ‘Mats is coming to town – make sure he has a good time and hopefully he signs for New York’ “, recalls Lundqvist.
“I took it out and we had the BEST time!”
“It was a great time. Great night in New York after a big game,” Hank said. I get a notification on my phone that he signed with Vancouver. I was shocked!”
“I grew up watching it in Sweden. It would have been really cool to have it in New York.
I spoke to a source familiar with this particular move who said it was never close.
Rangers were tied to the cap at the time and should have made other moves to accommodate Sundin. In fact, when the team learned that Sundin had signed with the Canucks, they were still working out who they could trade in order to make the contract work.
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