A lot was expected of Alexis Lafreniere when the New York Rangers drafted him #1 overall at the 2020 NHL entry draft. He had an excellent junior career but that has not carried over into the NHL.
NHL trade rumors swirled last year about a Lafreniere trade but nothing materialized. He is set to become a restricted free agent this summer and the NY Rangers have two choices: Trade him or sign him to a bridge deal to see what he can accomplish in the next few years.
Since this is a NHL rumors site, let’s look at some possible trade destinations for Alexis Lafreniere.
Possible Alexis Lafreniere trade destinations
- Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks make the most sense for Alexis Lafreniere. His former agent, Emilie Castonguay, is the assistant GM of the Vancouver Canucks and knows Lafreniere well.
The Canucks are looking to shed salary and could a Bo Horvat or J.T. Miller for a Alexis Lafreniere package be worked out by the NHL trade deadline?
- Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks are in full rebuild mode and are all-in on tank nation for drafting Connor Bedard. They would love to add Lafreniere as part of their rebuild and maybe a quieter market like Anaheim could help Alexis Lafreniere rejuvenate his game. The Ducks could offer up John Klingberg and Troy Terry.
- Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane has been tied to the New York Rangers since the offseason. The Blackhawks will want a first round pick in a Kane trade, but the Rangers could package Lafreniere for Kane and hope Lafrienere’s game comes back playing in Chicago and getting first line playing time.