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Enticing Vegas to Select Retiring Klein

The Rangers announced their expansion draft protected list without much surprise. As expected Jesper Fast, Michael Grabner, Oscar Lindberg, Antti Raanta, Matt Puempel and Kevin Klein were left exposed for Las Vegas to draft.

As I’ve previously stated, losing Raanta or any of the above mentioned unprotected forwards not named Puempel would be a tough loss for the Blueshirts. And, unfortunately, based on reports from Rangers beat writers, the front office doesn’t appear willing to give up a first round pick (the going rate) for Vegas to select either Puempel or Klein.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Rangers GM Jeff Gorton hasn’t been in talks with Golden Knights GM George McPhee about a side deal. One potential scenario that was brought up to me by TheNYRBlog reader Jim Regan is the possibility of Vegas agreeing to draft Klein, who has been rumored to be retiring this offseason to play in Europe, on the cheap.

The benefit of drafting Klein, who is in the final year of his contract, is that as soon as he does retire this summer, Vegas will instantly gain $2.9 million in additional salary cap space to use on an impending free agent.

Maybe Gorton can bring McPhee’s asking price down to a 3rd or 4th round pick for Klein considering the additional benefit of drafting a player who will in all likelihood retire immediately after being taken.

While this suggestion is unlikely to unfold, you do have to wonder why Klein has yet to announce his retirement despite the initial news being reported last week.

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8 thoughts on “Enticing Vegas to Select Retiring Klein

    1. I think they’d take Puempel for a 1st rounder. My hope would be that Gorton can drive the price down for Klein because of additional benefit of gaining cap space once he retires.

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      1. I just don’t see it. If LV is worried about cap space they could just take Raanta who is $1.9 mil cheaper and/or could fetch more than a 3rd or 4th in a trade by himself.

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  1. The reason it hasn’t happened yet is because the reports are from Larry Brooks, he is one of the worse reporters and doesn’t fast check or differant from truth from fantasy/rumors. Still waiting for the sure deal of getting Stamkos that he kept saying for happen for multiple years. Just look at his “rumors”over the last 5 years, I would be shocked if 5% are even accurate. Or when he “breaks” news. Most of the time it has already been reported by Dan Rosen, Bob McKenzie or Darren dreger but he never gives credit.

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  2. Im never against them giving up first round picks for trades for guys like Nash/MSL/Yandle, considering they arent a team that will be in the lottery. That being said giving up a first round pick to protect any of Raanta/Grabner/Lindberg/Fast is absurd to me. I wouldnt give up a first to get them so why would I give up a first to protect them.

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