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The 2014-2015 campaign has been something of an odd season thus far. The beginning was marred by injury and ineffectiveness, although that’s not all that weird. Rangers fans have gotten somewhat used to slow starts recently. We had all the Anthony Duclair drama. Some soft goals and Hank debate. Rick Nash’s resurgence. The kids trying to make their mark. Zuccarello’s one-year deal and subsequent slow production. Marc Staal’s exntension. Salary cap issues. And, of course, Tanner Glass.

That’s a lot going on for just under fifty games. All of that of that only even gets into what was happening internally with the team. Forget the drama over Anton Stralman’s success in Tampa, Islanders all of a sudden relevance, the four horse race in the Metropolitan division, or the NHL jumping on board the #fancystat bandwagon with jersey microchips. This season has had no shortage of narratives.

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Per Thomas Drance at The Score, Darren Dreger (via Insider Trading last night) mentioned that the New York Rangers are interested in center Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dreger mentioned that the Rangers tried to get Santorelli this past summer, but due to limited cap space, could not seal the deal.

Santorelli has nine goals and 26 points this year while playing all over the lineup for the Leafs. He is also historically a positive possession player (relative to his teammates), and has solid numbers this year on a dreadful Leafs team. Santorelli has faced solid competition in 40% OZ starts and still manages a CF% rel of 1.9%. His raw CF (46.7%) is more a factor of his bad team than his ability.

Santorelli can play wing or center (47.2% faceoff success), so he would be a solid add for a Rangers team that really needs depth.

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