The first big name on the trade bait list is off the board, and hopefully this will be the first major domino that gets the ball rolling on the other trades that have been rumored all around the National Hockey League.
According to a breaking news report from TSN insider Darren Dreger, the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils have agreed on a trade that at this time appears to involve three different pieces.
First, the biggest name in the deal is that of New York Rangers forward Michael Grabner who will now be joining the New Jersey Devils' franchise as they attempt to make a run at the Stanley Cup Championship.
In exchange for Grabner the Devils will be sending a second round draft pick and a prospect back to the Rangers, the specific details of this pick as well as the identity of the prospect have not yet been revealed. Stay tuned for more updates as we will be updating this article as the information is made available. Feel free to keep refreshing if necessary.
More to come.
Update: According to Dreger the deal is for a second round pick as well as Devils' prospect Igor Rykov.
Rykov is a former New Jersey Devils' 5th round draft pick who has spent all of his professional career with St. Petersburg SKA of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Rykov is coming off arguably his strongest season, one in which he appeared in 52 games for St. Petersburg SKA en route to recording 2 goals and 12 assists for a total of 14 points. Over that period of play he has accumlated a plus/minus rating of +13.
Still no details on the second round pick at this time.
Update: TSN insider Bob McKenzie reports that this is the Devils own second round pick in the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft.