Breaking down the Rangers’ Vladimir Tarasenko trade

Chris Drury took a shot and scored on Thursday, just like he did 255 times in his NHL playing career.

However, this time, he did it as the Rangers GM, making a blockbuster trade that greatly improved the team’s chances at a Stanley Cup championship. Drury traded Sammy Blais, Hunter Skinner and draft picks to the St. Louis Blues for Vladimir Tarasenko and Niko Mikkola.

Rangers beat writer Mollie Walker and Hall of Famer Larry Brooks break down the trade and discuss if the move could help the Rangers eventually raise the Cup at the end of the season. Later, Mollie answers some questions from her subtext mailbag.

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Up In The Blue Seats Podcast Opening Larry Brooks Segment with Mollie Walker and Andrew Harts:

  • Although the Rangers might be out on Patrick Kane, Tarasenko might be the better acquisition based on their needs and what he can bring to the team. How important can he be to the success of the Rangers offense?
  • Tarasenko will be a very important piece on the offense, but will his true impact be felt on the Rangers power play? How will Coach Gallant change-up his lineup with their newest right winger?
  • Is there any chance the Rangers will extend Tarasenko or is he purely a rental for the 2023 season?
  • How much did the trade help the Rangers close the gap between them and the top of the conference?

New York Post Subtext Readers Questions

  • How would the Rangers matchup with the New Jersey Devils in a playoff series?
  • What could the Rangers get in a trade for Libor Hajek?
  • Does the team need to be more mindful of giving Igor Shesterkin rest?



Catch up on all episodes of “Up In The Blue Seats,” a New York Rangers podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow the crew on Twitter @MollieeWalkerr, @JakeBrownRadio & @NYP_Brooksie.

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