Trusted Insider Reveals Concerning News About the Future of Alexis Lafreniere in New York
BY ARRON MURPHY AUGUST 24, 2023 (5:47 PM)
The First Overall Pick in New York
On Wednesday, the New York Rangers made the news when they secured their former #1 overall draft pick with a two-year extension, keeping him under contract through to the 2025-26 season.
Despite spending three years with the team, Alexis Lafreniere has yet to scratch the surface of his full potential, which is mirrored in his modest $2.325 million average annual value (AAV) extension. NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman has now shed light on this situation, indicating that this move might signal the end of Lafreniere's time in the big apple.
Is There a Move in the Works?
The underlying idea behind this conservative two-year extension is that the Rangers aim to ignite Lafreniere's performance under a new coach this year. If this strategy falls short, trading him next summer could become more appealing to the Rangers and other NHL teams.
Given his young age of just 21, numerous teams might be willing to take a chance on his considerable potential. For example, the Montréal Canadiens who have a reputation for taking chances on young players who have yet to fulfill their potential since hiring Jeff Gorton, Kent Hughes, and Martin St. Louis. However, in the event of further disappointment, for a New York team focused on a playoff push, trading Lafreniere could emerge as the most strategic choice for them.
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