Rangers must avoid Pierre-Luc Dubois trade that includes Filip Chytil

Rangers must avoid Pierre-Luc Dubois trade that includes Filip Chytil

Can I just say that trading Filip Chytil to the Jets as part of a package for Pierre-Luc Dubois would be about the most Rangers thing the organization could do at this moment in time.

That is not meant as a compliment.

Dubois has told the Jets that he’s going to be outta Winnipeg in two years when he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. So of course management is looking to deal the center now as he is an impending restricted free agent with arbitration rights carrying a baseline $6.5 million qualifying offer.

I believe the report by Canadian outlet RDS that the Blueshirts and Jets have talked about Dubois, but I believe there is a far greater likelihood that Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff placed the first call than that his Rangers counterpart Chris Drury did. Additionally, it has become clear over Drury’s tenure of nearly 14 months that he will check in on just about everyone who might be available. That does not make him unique.

And yes, Dubois fits the profile for a player in whom the Blueshirts would have interest. He is just 24, he would fill the second center spot behind Mika Zibanejad for years, he was Artemi Panarin’s primary center for two years in Columbus in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Check, check, check.

But unless Dubois, who will probably be able to command a seven-year deal in excess of $50 million on the open market, is willing to take a major discount (And why on earth would he?) it is impossible to figure how the Rangers could fit him in under the cap.

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Filip Chytil
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Maybe, maybe, maybe, they could hollow out the roster, go with a handful of AHL-NHL tweeners (Julien Gauthier ring a bell?) below their marquee forwards and just sneak by this season. But what about going forward with both K’Andre Miller and Alexis Lafreniere due second contracts next summer that could amount to a combined $10 million-to-$12 million?

(Addendum: It is impossible to win 16 playoff games with a hollowed-out roster.)

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