Can Other Teams Enter the Conversation?
Rangers could try to wait out the Carolina Hurricanes and possibly use their massive influence to convince Adam Fox to do the same and get him for free on August 16th 2020. But that allows other teams to try and enter the conversation. They could possibly convince Fox that they are good enough and close enough to his hometown to make it worth changing allegiances.
Other teams however, will most likely wait until the season is over to step in. After all, the rules dictate that any player traded after the deadline is ineligible for the playoffs, so Fox would not be available for a postseason run. So there is no harm in simply waiting him out. However that would also raise his value.
The longer a high caliber NHL ready player like Fox is available on an ELC, the more that he is worth. His best value will be right after the season. Now Fox might not like that option, but honestly, the only way I see him burning off the 18-19 season with The Carolina Hurricanes in control of his contract is by signing with them and hoping to be traded in the summer. There is also one last option:
That is very unlikely. Right now, Fox is playing chicken with the Carolina Hurricanes and I really doubt that Don Waddell will blink first. I fully expect the rights to Fox to be traded this summer after the season is over, where he will have the highest value. As the 19-20 season moves along, his value will shrink, and soon teams might opt to wait him out and get him as a Free Agent so expect this to the first thing on Waddell’s plate.
Will the staring contest between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers end in favor of Carolina or New York? Or will a third team step in and snag away Adam Fox? Only time will tell. For now, we can’t allow this drama to take us away from the matter at hand, the postseason.