New York Rangers
I would say this one is maybe a little unlikely for an obvious reason. The Rangers are in the Capitals division. If you’re going to trade a player of Kuznetsov’s talents and even potential you don’t do it within the division.
But it is New York City and I’d bet Kuznetsov wouldn’t mind going to play for the Blueshirts in Madison Square Garden.
When you talk about big trades happening this summer the Rangers seem to be at the top of the list when it comes to landing Jack Eichel. Even if those rumors have seemed to cool in recent days or weeks I don’t think you can completely put those rumors down until Eichel has a new home.
If you have been in the Eichel conversation for as many weeks or months as the Rangers have been it’s going to be hard to swallow for everybody if they come away empty handed. If they can’t get him to NYC maybe they go after Kuznetsov?
Like Montreal, who wouldn’t want to play for the Rangers? I don’t know how much of an impact this will have on Kuznetsov but the Rangers also have some pretty talented Russians on the roster as well. I’m sure he’d be fine with playing with Artemi Panarin and maybe Pavel Buchnevich and Igor Shesterkin, the latter two needed new contracts as RFA’s.