New York Rangers Defenceman Likely on Trade Block

Nils Lundkvist trade

We’re into the month of September and that means that training camp is coming soon. Teams are getting their lineups into position, but there are still plenty of moves that can be made. There are only a certain amount of roster spots on teams. This means that some trades could be made. Today’s NHL rumours looks at a possible Nils Lundkvist trade for the New York Rangers.

All NHL rumours come from the original source and are subject to change.

NHL Rumours

Nils Lundkvist Trade On Horizon


Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that the young defenceman could be on the move. The young Swede is a righthanded defenceman, but likely won’t get playing time with the Rangers. His path to getting sustained playing time is blocked by a pair of stalwarts on the blueline.

Both Adam Fox and new team captain Jacob Trouba are in the top four and Lundkvist probably wants to get more playing time than a bottom-pair defender. General manager Chris Drury is trying to work with Lundkvist and his agent Claude Lemieux is finding a new team.

The younger player is a solid puck-moving defenceman that’s just under six feet tall. He could be of use to a team that wants a younger player that is itching for a chance to prove himself.

What it Means

A Nils Lundkvist trade has to come at the right price. Brooks added that the Rangers are seeking a similar value for the young prospect. Lundkvist has spent plenty of time in AHL Hartford due to the logjam in front of him.

New York would love to fill a hole in the lineup, but it may be harder than one thinks. The Rangers would love to shore up their centre depth and the Swede could be a nice trade chip.

The Los Angeles Kings could be a destination due to their glue of pivots and not enough roster spots. Drury may also be forced to get a pick instead of a player for the young offensive defenceman. However, teams know the Rangers need to make a deal, so there may not be the best packages out there. Drury’s back is likely against the wall in making a trade.

Injuries could force the Rangers to keep Lundkvist, but no one can bank on something like that happening.