Insider reveals Trevor Zegras' preferred destination

Josh Tupper
June 26, 2024  (12:27)

Trevor Zegras
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Trevor Zegras, a forward for the Anaheim Ducks, has indicated that he might like to leave Southern California before the 2024–25 season begins.

According to Peter Baugh's post on The Athletic on Tuesday, Trevor Zegras has been eyeing the New York Rangers for "a long time" as his ideal destination.
Baugh said that the Philadelphia Flyers, another team in the Metropolitan Division, were somewhat interested in purchasing Trevor Zegras. However, the return that Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek is looking for is quite costly.
"What we can say is that Zegras, who trains in the offseason at Prentiss Hockey Performance alongside Chris Kreider, has had the Rangers as his ideal destination for a long time. Ducks GM Pat Verbeek has had some decent interest from at least one team — believed to be the Flyers — but is asking for a very expensive return for Zegras, who had an injury-plagued 2023-24 and finished with 15 points in 31 games." Baugh said.

Zegras has been linked with a move out of Anaheim for quite a while now with a number of teams reportedly interested in him according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, including the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, Chicago Blackhawks, among others.
Zegras played in just 31 games due to injuries in the 2023–24 season, finishing with 15 points (six goals, nine assists), 30 penalty minutes, and a minus-1 rating. In late December, Zegras made a spectacular comeback, scoring a "Michigan" goal in a game against the Seattle Kraken, despite still having to cope with ailments.

Being able to play for the NHL team closest to one's home would be an incredible opportunity for any player in the league, especially for the 23-year-old Bedford, New York native who was raised just over an hour north of Manhattan. His $5.75 million salary over the next two seasons is very reasonable for clubs to add. One such team is the New York Rangers, who have $12.8 million in budget space right now and will probably open up more in the near future if they can shed a contract or two.
It will be fascinating to see whether trade discussions involving the Zegras pick up steam as the NHL Entry Draft and free agency draw near. It makes sense that there is a lot of interest in him and that the price to buy him is relatively expensive because players of his caliber and age don't come up for sale very often.
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Trevor Zegras' preferred destination revealed
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Insider reveals Trevor Zegras' preferred destination

Which team will Trevor Zegras be with at the start of next season?

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