NHL Rumors: Rangers & Red Wings Emerging as Trading Candidates

After making it to the Eastern Conference Final last season, the New York Rangers were expected to be among the league's top teams this season. However, the 2022-23 campaign has not been good for them thus far, as they have an underwhelming 10-9-4 record. Although they are certainly still in the playoff race, they are performing far below expectations. As a result, we could see GM Chris Drury start exploring the trade market early. With Jaroslav Halak struggling as the club's backup, they should consider pursuing Alex Nedeljkovic from the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings raised eyebrows when they claimed Magnus Hellberg off of waivers. Since then, they have been sporting three goalies on their NHL roster, and it has made people wonder about Nedeljkovic's future in Detroit. After all, the 26-year-old is a pending UFA and has been off to a bad start this year. His 4.01 GAA and .880 SV% show that, but perhaps a change of scenery could help him find his old form. 

Nedeljkovic sported a .932 % and 1.90 GAA in 23 games with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2020-21, so it's clear he can be excellent when playing at his best. This could make Drury end up making a push for him, but we will have to wait and see if these two Original Six teams strike a deal from here.

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