Vitali Kravtsov finally got his wish.
The Rangers traded the unhappy 23-year-old who had asked to leave Broadway. The Blueshirts announced they sent the winger to the Vancouver Canucks for forward William Lockwood and a 2026 seventh-round draft pick on Saturday, days before the NHL’s March 3 trade deadline.
Kravtsov had three goals and three assists in 28 games for the Rangers this season. The 2018 first-round pick had been scratched the last seven games and just didn’t seem to fit into the team’s plans this season. Lockwood, 24, has one assist in 13 games for Vancouver this season. He had 12 goals and six assists in 26 games this season with Abbotsford of the AHL.
The trade, along with the waiver of Jake Leschyshyn, frees up much-needed cap space for the Rangers to acquire Blackhawks star Patrick Kane before the deadline.