Canadian Western team going all in for Alexis Lafreniere
BY ELLIOT BEN JACOB JUNE 2, 2023 (3:57 PM)
Alexis Lafreniere's NHL Journey
Alexis Lafreniere, once a celebrated prospect in the QMJHL, has had a rocky transition to the NHL. Despite playing for the well-rounded New York Rangers team, Lafreniere has found it challenging to establish himself as a consistent scorer.
Given the depth of talent on the Rangers' wings, his opportunities to shine have been limited. Therefore, a change in environment might be the boost he needs.
Vancouver Canucks' Interest in Lafreniere
Rick Dhaliwal, a reliable insider and reporter, has recently shared that the Vancouver Canucks have a keen interest in Lafreniere. The Canucks, aiming to reshuffle their lineup this summer, are considering making room for him.
In light of this, a possible trade scenario for "Laf" at the NHL Draft might be on the horizon, especially with the expected departure of several veteran players like Myers, Garland, Boeser, and Miller.
Rick Dhaliwal quoted:
Possible Players on the Move
The Canucks are currently operating close to their salary cap limit, and will need to transfer out several players to achieve their restructuring plans.
The ultimate composition of a package deal for Lafreniere will depend largely on the preferences of the Rangers, but it could potentially include one or more of the previously mentioned veteran players, a first-round pick, or even promising Aatu Raty.
There's a possibility that players such as Garland and Boeser might flourish in New York, thereby providing the impetus needed to propel the Rangers into serious contention. To mitigate costs, the Rangers could consider absorbing Tyler Myers' hefty contract.
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