Rangers Trade Rumors: Intersted in Rights to Volchenkov

New York Hockey Daily@nyhockeydailyContributor IJune 4, 2010

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 16:  Anton Volchenkov #24 of the Ottawa Senators prepares for a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on April 16, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins defeated the Senators  2-1.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has reported that the Senators may trade 28-year-old defenseman Anton Volchenkov before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, and he listed the Rangers among the possible suitors.

This doesn’t necessarily sound like a great idea for the Rangers, as they would only be trading for the exclusive rights to negotiating with Volchenkov before July and he’s already turned down a five-year, $20 million offer.

The Rangers already have defensemen Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival, Matt Gilroy, and Michael Del Zotto under contract next year for a combined $15 million. They also have a pair of important restricted free agents in Marc Staal and Dan Girardi to resign. So this is not a move they can make until they make other plans.

So even though Garrioch might have heard a rumor that the Rangers would be interested in Volchenkov, right now it sounds like a long shot. We’ll let you know if we hear anything else about this.

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