1. New York Rangers
The New York Rangers seem to be cropping up in conversations regarding Sam Bennett because, if you haven’t heard, they actually have a player they are trying to shop too in Tony DeAngelo, who cleared waivers but has played his last game for the Blueshirts after a string of problems on and off the ice.
Now, we don’t know if the Calgary Flames would be interested in taking on a problem like DeAngelo who, as talented as he is on the ice, certainly comes with a lot of baggage and his problems this year on social media coupled with a reported altercation with teammate Alexandar Georgiev could put a lot of teams off.
However, there are Hockey Insiders out there that say there are teams interested who view Tony DeAngelo as an intriguing reclamation project, and there is no doubt that the offensive blueliner has high upside, as backed up by his 53 points (15 G, 38 A) in 68 regular-season games in 2019-20, while he would give what is an average Flames power play unit some spark.
For the Rangers, they have lacked forward depth for a while and Sam Bennett could be the centrepiece of their third-line, especially with Filip Chytil out for a while with an upper-body injury, so there is an immediate need for someone to step in and anchor that third-line while providing much needed depth and secondary scoring.
Bennett has flirted with being a 30-point scorer during the regular-season before and maybe a change of scenery coupled with the fact that he could end up with a player in the ilk of Kaapo Kakko on his line could unlock some hidden potential, and the New York Rangers certainly have the cap space to make this work while it could work as a straight swap between two players who are in a need of a fresh start in a new market with a team that is really going to value them.