Muir: Rangers interested in Vernon Fiddler?November 23, 2013, by
Per Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, the Rangers may have interested in Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler.
Now we need to take this with a grain of salt, because despite the fact this is in SI, Muir gets some basic facts wrong. Yes, Connor Allen and Dylan McIlrath are intriguing prospects, but neither are ready to play a role on a team built to win a Cup. Also, he mentions Michael Del Zotto as a trade piece, but misses the ball on his contract status (Muir states MDZ is a pending UFA, when he’s a pending RFA). I completely misread the article. My bad.
But looking at Fiddler himself: a left handed center with 2-3-5 in 21 games, 45% CF%, 28.2% TotTm%QoC, and 39.9% O/D% Zone Starts (eliminates neutral zone starts from the equation), he’s not what the Rangers really need. He’s never cracked 32 points in a season.
The Rangers need a RHD and a right handed forward. I’ll file this under irresponsible rumormongering.