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The Rangers owner is said to be slowing down major transactions

The Rangers owner is said to be slowing down major transactions

Rumor season is in full swing a few weeks before the NHL trade deadline and the speculation could have as much to do with upcoming transactions as aborted projects.

Between now and March 8, general managers will look to improve their lineups in anticipation of the end of the campaign and the playoffs, or to free themselves from some more or less onerous contracts in order to bolster their reserves of potential players and draft picks for years to come.

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Among the New York Rangers, first in the Metropolitan Division, general manager Chris Drury appears to have tried to make a big move recently. According to TSN hockey expert Darren Dreger, he was willing to give up the Blueshirts' first-round pick in 2024 to get his hands on forward Elias Lindholm; He eventually moved from the Calgary Flames to the Vancouver Canucks on January 31.

But one man stepped in to curb Drury's enthusiasm: agency owner James Dolan. According to Draeger, the reasons for the Big Boss's intervention don't necessarily have anything to do with hockey.

“I've been told they made an offer for Elias Lindholm… but it obviously wasn't accepted [par] James Dolan. He wanted to protect the 2024 first-round pick so the Rangers could highlight the outfield, where Dolan owns the spot. The journalist explained, referring to the site of the auction scheduled for June 28 and 29, that the club wants to be part of the show in Las Vegas.

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For his part, Lindholm made his debut with the Canucks, scoring two goals in a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.