Jeff Gorton: What will he do next?

The New York Rangers new GM Jeff Gorton is looking like a genius. He has made two big trades, one involving Keith Yandle and one for Mika Zibanejad. The Rangers do not have a lot of cap space so last offseason they had to trade Carl Hagelin and this offseason they had to trade Keith Yandle. In return for Hagelin the Rangers got barely anything. This time, while trading the rights to Keith Yandle to Florida, Gorton managed to get back a fourth and seventh round pick for seemingly nothing as the Rangers would not have had enough money to sign Yandle anyway. This is the first of two key moves Gorton made this offseason. More recently, Gorton pulled off a deal with Ottawa to get Zibanejad and a 2018 second round draft pick for Derick Brassard and a 2018 seventh round pick. Zibanejad had 21 goals and 30 assists last year. Also at just age 22 he still won 50.4 percent of his faceoffs, and he has raised his goal total in each of the last 3 seasons. He recently turned 23 and Jeff Gorton thinks he’s gotten a future player with more upside than a 28-year-old Brassard, “He’s just scratching the surface” (Jeff Gorton). He can provide the Rangers with a younger centre who can go on the power play and penalty kill and will be a nice, speedy addition. Brassard had 27 goals with 31 assists. The slight difference in points is fine for the Rangers because not only is Zibanejad younger but he has a smaller cap hit and costs the Rangers 2.375 million dollars less than Brassard did. Already¬†these stats seem to show that the Rangers won the trade but they also got a second round pick in exchange for a seventh round pick. This is the second deal this offseason that proves that Gorton will definitely help the Rangers in the future with his savvy trades and hopefully helpful free agent acquisitions. The only question now is, what will he do next?

-Sam Feuerlicht

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