Over the previous couple of months, the Rangers actually haven’t been linked to anybody apart from Jack Eichel. Nevertheless, the truth is Eichel is a stretch go at finest. The Kings have extra of a necessity for a star participant than the Rangers do, plus they’ve extra commerce items. The fee for Eichel can also be prone to be cabinet robbing, which appears to fly within the face of the Rangers youth hoarding technique. As a substitute, if the Rangers are actually going to discover the commerce market, I’d take an extended have a look at Gabriel Landeskog in Colorado, if the Avs determine they will’t re-sign him.
Only a fast observe, Landeskog largely performs left wing, however has performed middle previously and takes a whole lot of faceoffs each season to nice success.
Landeskog is a 28-year-old that has put up over 0.7 factors per recreation for every of the previous 4 seasons. He has additionally cracked 20+ objectives in 7 of his 9 previous seasons and has produced virtually a degree per recreation within the playoffs (39 profession video games).
Landeskog can also be robust on faceoffs, profitable over 60% this season, 55% final season, and round 52% in 2019 & 2018. His superior stats have additionally improved over the previous three seasons. His CF% (% of complete shot makes an attempt for and in opposition to) is 62% this yr and 52% every of the prior two seasons. Identical with xG% (% of anticipated objectives for and in opposition to). 62% this yr, 57% in 2020, and 50% in 2019.
Take into account, all of those figures are higher than Mika Zibanejad’s.
Landeskog is within the final season of a 7-year contract ($5.5M AAV). He’s arguably been one of many higher reductions within the league over the previous few seasons.
Much like what Dave wrote about Tomas Hertl the opposite day, Landeskog gained’t be almost as costly as Eichel. You might be in all probability an analogous deal to what the Yotes paid for Taylor Corridor final yr, so successfully Morgan Barron and Zac Jones. Or perhaps for the reason that Avs are presently in a playoff spot, you’re sending Strome the opposite means with a excessive choose and/or prospect.
Both means, Gorton goes to wish to lock in a contract extension with Landeskog previous to pulling the set off.
Gabriel Landeskog isn’t going to get Eichel cash ($10M AAV), which advantages the Rangers, however he isn’t going to be low-cost both. You’re in all probability a $7.5M AAV over 6 years give or take. That is primarily what Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen received, who’re across the identical age and manufacturing.
To be honest, the Avalanche aren’t the Rangers. They’re a extra aggressive staff and play at a a lot faster tempo. You’ll not see that staff go D-to-D again to D on very many breakouts or regroups. Colorado’s coach, Jared Bednar, prefers wheels and quick-up type breakouts with quite a lot of dashing the opponent’s blueline.
The Rangers attempt to play that means, however they’ve neither the velocity nor the depth to execute that type persistently. So, the implication right here is that Landeskog would seemingly take a while to transition from two completely different types of offense.
Ways apart, there additionally isn’t going to be room for each Landeskog and Zibanejad on this roster subsequent season. Primarily, the previous is changing the latter. So, if the Rangers had been to amass Landeskog, that seemingly means Zibanejad will get dealt. Not one thing I’m against given Mika’s struggles, however value mentioning if you happen to assume he’ll bounce again in a serious means subsequent yr.
On the finish of the day, this isn’t a commerce the Rangers must make at this juncture. They aren’t making the playoffs and subsequent season seemingly gained’t be in competition to win the Cup. Nevertheless, the cabinet is naked on the middle place. Even when Zibanejad bounces again, he may stroll subsequent summer time.
Whereas buying and selling for a Hertl or a Gabriel Landeskog may appear to be a stretch for the Rangers, these armchair proposals are actually the one approach to fill essentially the most important gap on this roster. In some unspecified time in the future, whether or not it’s this season, the summer time, or subsequent season, Jeff Gorton goes to must make a transfer.
As a facet observe. I might similar to to offer a stick faucet to long-time Blue Seat Blogs commenter Walt (Walter Florio). It’s come to our consideration (h/t MjrMisconduct for the intel) that he handed away this previous January on the age of 74. Man bled Rangers blue as a lot as anybody round right here. You’re nonetheless my boy blue! RIP.
A donation has been made to St. Jude’s Hospital, per Walt’s needs, on behalf of the BSB neighborhood.