The New York Rangers have given Vitali Kravtsov permission to seek a trade after he was cut from the opening night roster.
Hearing NYR have given Vitali Kravtsov permission to contact other clubs in seek of a trade. Kravtsov did not make the Opening Day roster.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 12, 2021
The collective thought, which has now been proven to be wrong, was that Kravtsov was assigned to Hartford because he can is exempt from waivers, and that the team kept around Dryden Hunt and Julien Gauthier with Ryan Reaves’ status unknown.
But as I said, that was not the case, and the Rangers are expected to suspend Kravtsov for refusing to report to Hartford.
Kravtsov has refused assignment to Wolf Pack and is expected to be suspended, Post has learned. https://t.co/78IsOQTc0m— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) October 12, 2021
This whole situation is a mess, even more so when you remember that one of the reasons the Rangers traded Pavel Buchnevich was to open up opportunities in the lineup for the kids.
It has also been reported that the assignment had to do with the fact that he was beaten out for a job in training camp.
Just spoke to Gallant, who made it sound like Kravtsov being sent down was more about other guys beating him out for spots. He mentioned Hunt and Gauthier specifically. #NYR— Vince Z. Mercogliano (@vzmercogliano) October 12, 2021
Barring some form of reconciliation, it is now more than likely that Kravtsov’s future with the team is over, and he’ll be moved in a deal at way less than market value. This remains a fluid situation, and we certainly will learn more about it in the coming days.
I wrote this morning that #NYR ran the risk of ruffling feathers after Kravtsov was sent down. He feels he was led to believe he was going to get an NHL opportunity this year. He still could, but this is not the start he envisioned. https://t.co/6kfKbhlxCw— Vince Z. Mercogliano (@vzmercogliano) October 12, 2021
We don’t know what exactly was said to Kravtsov when he returned to North America, and joined the Rangers’ last year, but something certainly went off the tracks.