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Will Rangers re-sign Andrew Copp? Or Ryan Strome? Or both? Or neither nor? Mailbag – The Athlete

With just a few weeks left in the regular season, you still have a lot of Rangers questions — many of them looking beyond these next seven games and the postseason at what Rangers can do to keep the bulk of this team together for 2022-23 and beyond out.

We’re going to start this mailbag with a few questions regarding Ryan Strome and Andrew Copp, two second-liners who are also up for UFAs and both likely want to stay in New York.

(Note: Some questions have been edited for clarity and length.)

Do you think it makes more sense for Rangers to extend Copp instead of Strome? What are the pros and cons of each and what might Rangers prefer? Or neither and exchange for someone else? – Eric S.

The advantages for Strome are pretty clear: he works well with one of the key Rangers in Artemi Panarin, who values ​​chemistry and comfort with his teammates and his linemates. Strome’s two-way play is underestimated, although his penchant for stick fouls is sometimes a little too much. He’s a vocal leader on a team that’s fairly quiet and reserved.

Copp’s pros are pretty similar, as we’ve seen in his 12 games so far. He has surprising chemistry with Panarin, his two-way game is priced just right, and he can be a vocal leader.

They would have to give the advantage in Panarin chemistry to Strome, who has a more proven offensive advantage to his game. However, Copp still seems to be scratching the surface of what he can do as a top-six forward.

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