Report: Rangers Are Among Finalists for Alex Kerfoot

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At last, there’s news — real news! News regarding the New York Rangers, who’ve been conspicuously quiet on the NHL front through the doldrums of August.

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers are among the final “two or three teams” that Harvard free agent center Alex Kerfoot is considering:

The Rangers are among the final two or three teams under consideration by Harvard free-agent center Alex Kerfoot, The Post has learned.

J.P. Barry, the 23-year-old center’s agent who confirmed the parties’ mutual interest, told The Post that Kerfoot likely would reach a decision no later than Tuesday following a weekend of reflection.

As Andrew Keenan highlighted back on August 12th, Kerfoot, along with Butcher and Toninato (who signed with the Avalanche) are class leaders for a very small group of free agents who were made available on August 16th.

The Rangers are no strangers to this practice, having signed both Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey in recent years through exactly this process. Vesey, interestingly enough, is actually a former line mate of Kerfoot’s, which could bode well for the Rangers’ chance of landing the 23-year old center.

Again, as Keenan noted:

“Kerfoot will likely be looking to get ice time immediately and the Rangers can offer just that and quite a bit of it. If he’s unsure of whether or not he’ll actually receive that time, he can look no further than the treatment of former college Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey who both saw immediate action after signing. In addition, going to New York means a reunion with former linemate Jimmy Vesey. The two were productive alongside each other in Harvard and slotting Kerfoot into the third line center spot would likely result in Vesey joining him on the wing. Given the Rangers usage of Kevin Hayes to lure Jimmy Vesey to New York, it’s likely they will, in turn, use the Harvard connection to try and win over yet another college UFA.”

Brooks also confirmed that should the Vancouver native join his old Harvard teammate in New York, he would certainly be in the mix for an opening-night roster spot where he’d likely be competing against Lias Andersson and David Desharnais.

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  1. He's 23. Not NHL ready, and doesn't have a ton of time to progress, compared to an 18 year old. If he wants to have a successful NHL career, he needs to come hard and play now. He should make that team, get top 6 minutes, play a role he's comfortable playing, and get good chances to put up points as he adjusts to that game. Plus, Colorado has guys he can play with. Vancouver doesn't, and NJ has too many young guys with higher potential that would probably get looked at before him. And he wouldn't make this Rangers squad, imo.
    jsm7302
    Wow......how was that sold? "I'm Joe Sakic...once a player for this team and now executive vice president; have a seat in my comfy chair . ...this could be you one day...."
    "Don't worry about our record last year...weed is legal here."

    "Hey Alex, you're going to get a ton of playing time"
    Wow......how was that sold? "I'm Joe Sakic...once a player for this team and now executive vice president; have a seat in my comfy chair . ...this could be you one day...."
    "Don't worry about our record last year...weed is legal here."
    I hear Colorado from Joe Fortunato on Twitter -- bummer, just bummer
    Joe Fortunato‏Verified account @BlueshirtBanter 3m3 minutes ago
    Now, perhaps Kerfoot going to Colorado helps prompt a Duchene trade, but still not sure I see NYR going down that road.
    Future
    I wonder if AV has the balls to go Zib - Hayes - Lias - Kerfoot/Nieves down the middle. If Desharnais sucks, they're better off going with youth.

    At 1 year/1 mil they better not feel obligated to hold on to him just because.
    Future
    I wonder if AV has the balls to go Zib - Hayes - Lias - Kerfoot/Nieves down the middle. If Desharnais sucks, they're better off going with youth.

    Completely. Would love to see this, but I'm still not convinced they rush Andersson. I think he makes his debut this year, just not sure I see him as a regular playing more than 25 games. Would love him to come in and make the team full time though.
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