Vegas Golden Knights Completely Screw Over the New York Rangers in Last Minute Deadline Deal

Marvin Azrak
March 10, 2024  (1:20 PM)

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The Vegas Golden Knights pulled off a major move, snagging forward Tomas Hertl from the San Jose Sharks. But what you might not know is that this deal might've thrown a wrench into another trade involving the Sharks and the New York Rangers.

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According to insider Sheng Peng, the Sharks had a deal in the works with the Rangers to send forward Alexander Barabanov to New York. But when the Sharks used their last salary retention slot on Hertl in the trade with Vegas, it blew up the plans to send Barabanov packing.
Now, let's hear what the insiders have to say. Peng reported,
"The Tomas Hertl trade happened. In a shocker, the Sharks sent their franchise icon to the hated Vegas Golden Knights. As part of the deal, San Jose used their last salary retention slot on Hertl, a salary retention slot that was meant for Barabanov."

And what did Sharks GM Mike Grier have to say about it?
"It definitely came into play today,"
he said,
as per Peng.
"Unfortunately, it might have knocked us out of maybe a deal."

The Rangers, who missed out on Jake Guentzel, who went to Carolina didn't just sit around moping. Nope, they went out and snagged Jack Roslevic from the Columbus Blue Jackets to occupy that vacant top right wing spot next to Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad on the top line. The Blueshirts only had to give up a mid round pick for him, which could turn into a steal. Roslevic is no stranger to playing with stars, as he played with Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk in the USNTDP and also played with Boone Jenner and Johnny Gaudreau in Columbus.
He entered his blueshirts debut red-hot with 13 points in 12 games and fit right in, using his motor, IQ and skillset to drive plays and set up scoring chances in the Rangers dominant 4-0 victory over the ST Louis Blues on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. New York also acquired Alex Wenberg who will fit the vacant third line center roll very well and recorded his first point with an assist on Kaapo Kakko's power play goal in the third period.
And let's not forget about Alex Wennberg, who's fitting in nicely as the Rangers' third-line center. He even notched his first point with an assist on Kaapo Kakko's power play goal.
Back to the Sharks. It seems like Barabanov's been a bright spot for them, despite the team's struggles. Sure, he's had his fair share of injuries this season, but when he's on the ice, he's been making plays left and right. Keep your eye on this guy, – he's got potential.
Looks like there's more to this story than meets the eye, folks. Stay tuned for the next chapter in NHL trade deadline drama!