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Former 1st overall pick being shopped by Eastern Conference team

Published December 29, 2022 at 5:17 PM

The New York Rangers seem to be imploding slowly as the season progresses. Head coach Gerard Gallant seems to have lost the respect of his players and scratching a 1st overall pick might've just been a way to put him on the trading block.

Alexis Lafreniere might be on his way out of town, according to Ali Murji. Although a deal doesn't seem to be too close at this time, teams are inquiring.

The return for Lafreniere is speculated to be at least a a first round pick and/ or a top end player in a deal involving the young forward.

Lafreniere, 21, has been underwhelming for the hype surrounding him as he entered the National Hockey League, but he's still be a pretty serviceable forward at the games highest level.

In 36 games for the Rangers this season, Lafreniere has 5 goals and 12 assists for a total of 17 points. In primarily a bottom 6 role, he's been playing well.

Friction with the head coach might spell the end of Lafreniere‘s time in the Big Apple. Maybe a fresh start will be better for the young forward. Sometimes, all players need is a change of scenery
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