Mark Scheifele? J.T. Miller? Where the Rangers might turn for a premier center to pair with Artemi Panarin
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Maybe Ryan Strome performs the greatest hockey of his profession and places himself in line for a contract extension at a value that will fulfill the impending free agent, whose negotiations with administration have been described to The Post by a third occasion as “difficult.”
Or possibly Andrew Copp, the hybrid winger-center acquired from Winnipeg at the deadline for a package deal of picks and prospect Morgan Barron, shines whereas getting significant time in the center, and turns into administration’s first choice to fill the second-line center’s spot if Strome doesn’t re-up.
But likelihood is president and basic supervisor Chris Drury will look outdoors the group for the center who would hook up with Artemi Panarin beginning subsequent season. If Strome has a breakout postseason, he possible would turn out to be unaffordable beneath the cozy confines of the cap, not solely for 2022-23 however past, with Alexis Lafreniere and Ok’Andre Miller due second contracts the following season that might mix for upwards of $10 million per yr.