The New York Rangers have given forward Vitali Kravtsov permission to seek a trade, a source confirmed to The Athletic. The news was first reported from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Kravtsov, the ninth pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, was sent to the AHL on Monday when rosters were finalized. According to a source, Kravtsov will refuse his assignment to Hartford and will be suspended by the Rangers.

In his daily news conference, Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said Kravtsov was beaten out for a roster spot by other depth forwards, specifically Julien Gauthier and Dryden Hunt.

Kravtsov played 20 games for the Rangers last season, with two goals and two assists. He started the season in the KHL, scoring 16 goals in 49 games for Traktor Chelyabinsk before returning to North America.

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