Trusted Insider Reveals Concerning News About the Future of Alexis Lafreniere in New York

Published August 24, 2023 at 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.

"Everybody is kind of in a position where they're saying, look, we're going to try this under a new coach, see where it goes if it's not good next summer then I think you can move him at a number that I think teams can handle because I just think if it's another year likes this they're probably going to have to move onTo me it's a 2-yr deal, but it's a 1-yr deal in New York and then we will see."

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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Trusted Insider Reveals Concerning News About the Future of Alexis Lafreniere in New York

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