Friedman on Rangers’ trade possibilities

The New York Rangers have several marketable assets ahead of the trade deadline.

Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek shared sentiments on 31 teams ahead of the trade deadline in their latest 31 Thoughts: The Podcast, which was recorded Wednesday and released overnight Thursday.

“Zuccarello, there wasn’t a lot on him, and then he got really hot,” remarked Friedman. “He’s been very hot since about the turn of the calendar to 2019. They will get something for him.

“Hayes, the Boston one is really interesting. I think Columbus is on him too. I know we’ve talked a lot about Duchene, but I wonder - if Nashville does not get Duchene done for any reason, I wonder if they go for Hayes. And Winnipeg is still there. There was a time I think the Rangers started to look at this and say, ‘This is really slow.’ I think it’s picking back up on Hayes.

“McQuaid - depth guy. Maybe Tampa. People have mentioned Toronto. I don’t know that that’s the kind of guy that Dubas would want to go for. But they seem pretty confident, I’ve heard, they’re going to get a decent pick for McQuaid. So we’ll see. There must be interest out there.”

Zuccarello is on an expiring four-year, $18 million contract.

Hayes is on a one-year, $5.175 million contract.

McQuaid is finishing his four-year, $11 million pact.

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