Former Ranger Frank Vatrano
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Frank Vatrano reflects his time with the Rangers with Spittin Chiclets

Published April 3, 2024 at 1:22 PM

It became one of the hottest rumors in the NHL that a potential reunion between Frank Vatrano and the Rangers has the NHL deadline neared. During his interview with the Spittin Chiclets, Vatrano reflects about his time with his former team.

The undrafted 30-year-old spent a half a season and playoffs with the Rangers as he was part of a deadline deal to help bolster the Rangers lineup. During his time, he played 22 games and scored eight goals with five assists for 13 points during the 2021-2022 regular season and 20 games in the playoffs where he had five goals in eight assists for 13 points along with 13 penalty minutes.

Even though his time was brief with the Rangers, it's clear that it had a major effect on his life and his career. After signing with the Anaheim Ducks and watching that team become one of the worst teams in the entire league, Vatrano continued to be a force with their squad and gave general manager Pat Verbeek reason not to trade him at the deadline. Their team will certainly need veteran leadership as their rebuild continues to unfold.

As for the potential reunion, that was squashed quite quickly as general manager Chris Drury realised that he would have needed to cough up a first-round draft pick along with Kappo Kakko to acquire Vatrano and Adam Henrique's services according to Emily Kaplan of ESPN.

"The Rangers clearly thought that was too rich for their liking," Kaplan wrote.

Even though the trade did not happen, it's safe to say that Vatrano will have fond memories of his time on Broadway.
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Frank Vatrano reflects his time with the Rangers with Spittin Chiclets

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