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Sports Rangers, Hurricanes talking trade for defenseman Brady Skjei

21:36  24 february  2020
21:36  24 february  2020 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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The Rangers sent Brady Skjei to Carolina head of the NHL trade deadline. The Blueshirts traded the 25-year-old defenseman to the Hurricanes before Monday’s 3 p.m “Organizational depth is real strong, the players we have coming, the opportunity — we spent a lot of time talking to our scouts

have been talking about a potential Brady Skjei trade but right now Carolina has cap issues so not clear where this goes (self.hockey). However, cap issues for the Hurricanes are complicating things. Skjei is underrated by most rangers fans because they expect him to be a top pairing

New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei has been the subject of trade talks. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei has been the subject of trade talks.

The Carolina Hurricanes have been looking for help on defense, and the New York Rangers have been trying to move out some salary. It makes sense then that Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports that the two teams have discussed Brady Skjei. Darren Dreger of TSN tweets that a first-round pick is part of the talks, though both insiders point to cap issues for the Hurricanes as a potential impediment to a deal.

Skjei, 25, is under contract through the 2023-24 season and carries a $5.25M cap hit, room that the Hurricanes don’t have after acquiring Vincent Trocheck earlier on deadline day. Skjei is also another left-handed shot, something the Hurricanes already have plenty of in Jaccob Slavin, Jake Gardiner, Joel Edmundson and Haydn Fleury, not to mention prospect Jake Bean. The team recently lost right-handers Brett Pesce and Dougie Hamilton to serious injuries, obviously making that side of the ice a little weaker for this season.

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Brady Skjei mentioned prior to the start of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers that he'd be playing with a chip on his shoulder because the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman was facing the New York Rangers , the team that traded him Feb. 24. Skjei talked about that feeling, the motivation he got from it and how it

Sami Vatanen and Brady Skjei were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in separate transactions for the defensemen Monday. Vatanen was acquired from the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Fredrik Claesson, forward prospect Janne Kuokkanen and conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Still, adding a player like Skjei would give the team another legitimate top-four option as it tries to get back to the playoffs this season. Even though his play has been inconsistent, the Rangers defenseman still has 23 points through 60 games and is logging more than 20 minutes a night.

After signing Chris Kreider to a major extension, it seems as though the Rangers are even more motivated to get rid of some salary. With the emergence of Adam Fox, Anthony DeAngelo and Ryan Lindgren, the Rangers could afford to move Skjei out of town and still have enough exciting pieces to build around on the back end.

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