Looking at the holes the Rangers need to fill

March 23, 2013, by
The trade master.

The trade master.

Yesterday, Suit discussed potential trade targets for the Rangers at the deadline, specifically addressing the case that Marian Gaborik gets traded. While the Rangers are indeed going to be aggressive at the deadline, they won’t pull the trigger on a trade unless they know the player they are getting fills a hole on the club. While everyone is enamored by the big names, sometimes it’s the smaller acquisitions that make the most difference, as they round out a team’s weaknesses.

The first major hole the Rangers need to address is a forward that is capable of putting the puck in the net. The big names that Suit discussed include Martin St. Louis and potentially Jarome Iginla, but there are several ways the Rangers can address this. The cheapest way is to acquire a third line forward, one that isn’t a star but is still a reliable offensive player. Since J.T. Miller is relatively versatile, the Rangers can look for a center or a RW (Chris Kreider has the LW spot) to fill this hole. There is a slight chance that Jesper Fast(h) can fill this hole, but I wouldn’t count on it.

The other big hole the Rangers need to fill is a puck moving defenseman. The one thing the Marc Staal injury has taught us is that the Rangers are incredibly thin on defense, and lack defensemen that can join the rush at the right time. Dan Boyle is the popular name here, but there might be some cheaper options available that don’t involve gutting the roster. A right-handed shot is preferable, but it’s not a deal breaker. Unfortunately, every single team is looking for a right-handed puck moving defenseman.

One final hole the club might look to fill is a depth forward, someone capable of rounding out the bottom three and not complain about being a healthy scratch. The Rangers have (had) this in Jeff Halpern, but since he’s been waived, his Rangers future isĀ  uncertain. The player the Rangers would look to acquire here is one that fits their mold of balance, skating, and effort. A physical edge wouldn’t hurt either. Hopefully Arron Asham fills this need a bit.

As the deadline approaches, a lot of names are going to get linked to the Rangers. There’s going to be a lot of smoke blowing, but hidden in that smoke can be some little nuggets of truth. As you peruse the inter-webs for trade rumors, remember the holes that this team needs to fill.

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  1. Marc Weissman says:

    The Rangers have only 2 big holes to fill:

    a) the 6 x 4 one at the other end of the ice

    b) the one b/w Tort’s ears.

  2. Walt says:

    Calgary is going to sell, go after not Iginla, but Jay Bouwmeester. At 6’4″, he is big, can play solid defense, and has a great shot from the point. That answers the question for the defense!

    As for the forward, Clowe, if healthy would be nice, but my wish list would be Evander Kane, could you see him with Nash, and Richie? Never happen with Kane, or Bouweester, but what the hell, we can dream can’t we????

    And Marc, your comment above is right on!!!!!

    • Tim B says:

      Id like to see a trade with Calgary. Maybe a Gaborik, Halpern, Hamrilik trade for Bouwmeester and Cammalleri. That is if Halpern clears waivers

      • Dave says:

        If Calgary starts dealing, they will want to rebuild. They’d want kids. At least that’s what I’d do. Calgary always confuses me tho.

  3. DPeters says:

    What is the story with Mike Komisarek? Know he was waived and is with Marlies now. He is not a puck moving D but he could add some depth and SIZE to our backline. Use to play with some edge. Was is his injury history? Concussed?

    • Dave says:

      He can’t crack a Toronto lineup that has an awful defense, and he has a $4.5m cap hit thru next season.

  4. The Suit says:

    Good post

  5. HARLEMBLUES says:

    If a young or in their prime superstar is available like Evander Kane make the deal.Over the hill past their prime stars for our young talent hell no seem that movie to many times in Rangerland. This club isn’t that close to the cup. It’s that Rangerland dream that has produced 2 cups in 70+ yrs.Stay the course. It maybe the coach.

    • Dave says:

      They have a very small window to win here, Hank isn’t getting younger. They recognize this. Remember that in 1994 Neil Smith gutted the system to win the Cup.

      • HARLEMBLUES says:

        True,we became Edmonton east.We had a homegrown future HOF in Leetch,a young Richter,Amonte,Kovalev..We have Hank,no future HOFers.Is there a Messier,Larmer,Esa T.,Anderson,Graves or Joey Kocurs fist and Kevin Lowe’s smart out there.Oh lets not forget Jeff Beukeboom or Craig McTavish. Edmonton east.That was 1994 real talk.All trades can this be done again? Small window.

  6. Ray says:

    A few disjointed comments.
    The trade deadline is very late, the Rangers shouldn’t wait two weeks.
    The Rangers need forwards who can score. Defense is not a big deal. More importantly, they already have too many forwards who can’t score. They don’t need more – even as healthy scratches.
    MZA seems a good option, especially if one considers the Rangers should really add more than one guy who can score. Sadly, his NHL performance compares favorably with the 2013 version of Gaborik.

  7. HARLEMBLUES says:

    Sergei Zubov,almost forgot to mention him.

    • supermaz says:

      You forgot the leading scorer on that 1994 team?
      I almost cried when they traded him…morons.

      • HARLEMBLUES says:

        Zubov leading scorer for the season. Our homegrown HOF Leetch lead us in scoring in the playoffs.Two holes we need to fill.World class puck carrying,scoring Dmons.