NHL Rumors: NY Rangers & Blue Jackets Having Trade Talks

The New York Rangers are one of the top teams in the NHL, so they are expected to be major buyers at the trade deadline. One player who has been linked to the Rangers is Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov, and now more fuel is being added to that fire, as Arthur Staple has confirmed that the Rangers have called the Blue Jackets about Gavrikov. 

It is not surprising in the slightest that the Rangers are looking to acquire Gavrikov from the Blue Jackets. After all, the left side of their defensive group could use a serious boost, and Gavrikov would provide them with just that. This is because he is a legitimate top-four defenseman who plays a very reliable defensive game and also chips in occasionally offensively.

Gavrikov would certainly make New York’s defensive group a lot better if acquired, so we will have to wait and see if these two Metropolitan Division teams end up striking a deal centering around him from here.

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