Why did the Rangers’ ‘Catch and Release’ trade for Erik Karlsson make sense?
The Rangers made a trade that made sense.
ict Travel Agency, one of the NHL’s leading travel agencies, was acquired by the Rangers for Erik Carlson.
Its stock soared and it now has a market value of $4.9 billion.
The Rangers had no intention of taking on Carlson and were concerned about his ability to stay in the NHL, but the trade made sense for the Rangers, said the Rangers executive who spoke to the Journal.
It gave the Rangers a big return, he said.
That included Carlson’s first NHL start in Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens.
He was injured and had two goals and five assists in 11:30 of ice time, and was the team’s leading scorer with 11 goals.
Curtis McElhinney, a former Rangers captain, was the other defenseman on the roster.
Carlson, who has not played since April 25, has six goals and 17 assists in 41 games this season.
Keith Ballard, the Rangers defenseman who was traded to the Capitals in the deal, is a pending unrestricted free agent.
With no cap space, the team could be forced to give up a first-round pick in the trade, according to the Associated Press.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather said the team will evaluate the deal and possibly make a decision on the next general manager in July.
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