Insider reveals trade desires of Trevor Zegras

Marvin Azrak
June 26, 2024  (12:23)

Trevor Zegras, Anaheim Ducks
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Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras might be packing his bags and heading out of Southern California before the 2024-25 season, and rumor has it he has his sights set on the New York Rangers.

According to Peter Baugh from The Athletic, Zegras has long favored a move to the Rangers. Baugh also noted that the Philadelphia Flyers have shown considerable interest in Zegras, but Ducks GM Pat Verbeek's asking price is steep.
What we can say is that Zegras, who trains in the offseason at Prentiss Hockey Performance alongside Chris Kreider, has had the Rangers as his ideal destination for a long time. Ducks GM Pat Verbeek has had some decent interest from at least one team — believed to be the Flyers — but is asking for a very expensive return for Zegras, who had an injury-plagued 2023-24 and finished with 15 points in 31 games.

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Zegras has been linked to various teams, including the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, and Chicago Blackhawks, according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period.
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Despite injuries limiting him to just 31 games last season, where he posted six goals and 15 points, Zegras still had some standout moments, such as his "Michigan" goal against the Seattle Kraken in late December.
At 23, the New York-native playing for his hometown Blueshirts would be a dream come true.
His $5.75 million salary for the next couple seasons is manageable for many teams, including the Rangers, who currently have $12.8 million in cap space, having just freed up $3.64 million following Barclay Goodrow being claimed off waivers by the San Jose Sharks.
With the NHL Draft this weekend and free agency beginning next Monday, all eyes will be on Zegras and a potential tradd. A player with his skill and youth doesn't hit the market often, so it's no surprise that the price to acquire him is high and the interest is widespread.