The official results of the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft will be revealed starting at 8:00 p.m., but leaks of players selected have run rampant all afternoon. It appears that the Rangers are losing RFA center Oscar Lindberg.
Can confirm that Oscar Lindberg will be going to Vegas in the expansion draft.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) June 21, 2017
The Rangers acquired Lindberg on May 8, 2011 sending Ethan Werek to the then Phoenix Coyotes. Lindberg spent two years with the Hartford Wolf Pack tallying 46 goals and 54 assists for 100 points in 150 games. He then graduated to the main roster where he has been for the last two seasons.
Lindberg tallied 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points in 134 games while averaging 11:30 a night. He was a very good bottom-six player who blossomed into a very solid penalty killer. With the Rangers Lindberg was a victim of numbers on the depth chart behind Derek Stepan and Mika Zibanejad. There is certainly value in having a skilled two-way player like Lindberg, but the Rangers couldn’t keep everyone.
As it stands, the Rangers didn’t make any side deals with Vegas to steer them in a particular direction, so it will be interesting to see what moves the Blueshirts have in store going forward.