May 5, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Vitek Vanecek # 41 of the Washington Capitals blocks the net against Vitali Kravtsov # 74 of the New York Rangers in the third period in Madison Square Garden. Mandatory credit: Bruce Bennett / POOL PHOTO-USA TODAY Sports
New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury officially announced today that striker Vitali Kravtsov has been loaned out to his former KHL team, Tractor Chelyabinsk.
Sports24 in Russia made the first report indicating that a loan had been agreed and that Traktor and Kravtsov were working on a contract.
Forever Blueshirts confirmed yesterday after speaking with a KHL team leader that this was actually done.
The New York Rangers loan Vitali Kravtsov to the KHL team
“After discussions with Vitali and his representation, we decided that a loan to Traktor was in the interest of both him and the organization,” Drury said in a statement. “We believe very highly in Vitali, and Rangers’ development staff will continue to work with him to achieve our common goal that one day he will be the New York Ranger.”
Kravtsov, 21, was selected by the New York Rangers 9th overall in the 2018 Draft. He has played in 20 NHL competitions and recorded 4 points.
The native of Vladivostok, Russia, played five seasons with Tractor and posted 55 points in 148 games. His KHL honors include winning the KHL equivalent of the Rookie of the Year Award in 2017-18 and joining the KHL All-Star team in 2018-19.
Kravtsov says he will play for Rangers
The circumstances that Kravtsov refused to report to Rangers AHL associates in Hartford are well documented. After not bringing the team out of training camp, he returned to Russia and asked for a barter.
Additional reports came out revealing a lack of trust between Kravtsov and GM Chris Drury. This goes back to 2019, when Vitali used his European out-clause to leave Hartford, and Drury called him a quitter.
Apparently, both sides play well in the sandbox, while Kravtsov also issues a statement.
“I would like to thank the Rangers for working with me and I appreciate the open and honest conversations we have had during this process,” she said. “Although this has been a challenging time for me personally, I think it’s the best thing for me right now to have the opportunity to return to Tractor and work on my game. My main focus is to get better every day to continue towards my goal of playing hockey for the New York Rangers. “
Is there a chance he will return and play for Rangers? According to a source I have been in contact with in the case, it is unlikely.
Expect a trade later this season or at draft.
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