In a year of a lot of things going right for the Rangers, they are in a playoff spot and will look to make their roster even better with the upcoming trade deadline. The New York Rangers, are having an all-time season with stars like Adam Fox, Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, and Chris Krider, having elite seasons. Above all, Igor Shesterkin is having the best season by an NHL goalie in the last 60 years, if not, the best of all time.
With the Rangers in the home stretch of their season, they will look to add some help to make a deep playoff push. All throughout the line-up, the Rangers have needs. In the mid-six, the Rangers need a winger. In the net, the Rangers will need a backup goalie after the inevitable trade of Alexandar Georgiev. Finally, their last need is a rock-solid 5th defenseman. After at least, two-thirds of the needs are filled the Rangers will be moved from fringe contenders to contenders.
Targets in the mid-six
J.T. Miller, the former Ranger has had his name thrown around a lot in recent news. J.T. Miller is the perfect mid-six player for the Rangers, he is a C/LW who is a great two-way player who will fit in just fine. J.T. Miller’s last stint in New York was a good one. Miller continued to get better after every season with the Rangers until he was traded to Tampa Bay. J.T. Miller has now turned into a 70 point player who any team would love to have.
Rickard Rakell, the current Duck, is a perennial 40 point scorer when he plays a full season. The C/RW has scored 30+ goals in his NHL career three times. At the current point in their careers, one could say Rakell, is a poor mans J.T. Miller, but Miller has only emerged as a star in the last two seasons. On the other hand, Rickard Rakell has been this caliper of a player for years.
Jake DeBrusk, is a player who has openly requested a trade from Boston. The grit-grinder player with offensive upside would be a great fit in New York on the third line. Although having struggles every season after his sophomore season in the NHL, DeBrusk, has found his game again in the league. The best part about him is that he fits the Rangers timeline best out of all the players.
Targets for the 5th defenseman
Michael Del Zotto, the former Rangers first-round pick and prospect of the future for the franchise may be looking at a return. Playing for the Rangers for 4 seasons, Del Zotto never panned out as management and fans hoped. The vet left-handed defenseman has played 720 games to date and does not show signs of slowing down. Michael Del Zotto could be a perfect fit to play with Braden Schnider on the bottom pairing. The former Stanley Cup champion would bring a great presence to the team and be a great fin in New York again.
A name constantly thrown around is Ben Chiarot. I cannot express this enough, Ben Chiarot is a horrible player for the Rangers. Chiarot is highly coveted by many NHL teams but he is outright bad at hockey for an NHL level. This is a case of GM’s not wanting to use advanced analytics. Happening more than it should, GMs will highly value “team guys” a lot more than they should. With a trade value of a first-round pick and a prospect, (set by many GMs and scouts around the league) that is way too high of a value. Chariot’s real value is closer to a mid-level prospect or a mid-round draft pick. Really he would not be horrible but the price to pay is much higher than what the Rangers or any team will have to give up.
The Rangers will need a competent veteran backup. At least half of the NHL has a goalie that could fill that need. For the New York Rangers to get that goalie they will most likely need to move the cap hit of Alexandar Georgiev first.
Monday, March 21st
Monday, March 21st, is the NHL trade deadline, all these players are very realistic targets. All fans will agree that this season has been a great treat and it’s not even over yet. With the trade deadline approaching, you can expect some big moves coming from the Rangers, but for now, as fans, all we can do is sit and watch this stellar season play out.