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Aug
04

PTO’s anyone?

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After weeks of waiting for a trade that would bring a new (at least) depth center to Broadway, the Rangers are looking at the same roster they had in early July.  Either an acceptable trade for one of their existing defenseman or someone else’s center never presented itself, or Jeff Gorton is truly comfortable with the roster, as constructed.

We can debate endlessly the merits of the latter statement, but we are getting to the time of year when out-of-work veterans decide a PTO (Pro Try Out) contract is better than nothing and hope to stick with a new team.  Let’s take a look at some of the more attractive out-of-work NHL-ers and see if any are a fit for the Rangers.

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Vanek (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Vanek (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers intend on touching base with Thomas Vanek, recently bought out by the Minnesota Wild, on a one-year deal. The Wild bought out the final year of Vanek’s deal that would have paid him $6.5 million. It wasn’t that Vanek wasn’t productive, 18-23-41 last season, it’s that Minnesota needed the space.

Vanek on a one-year deal is something I can see the Rangers doing if they are indeed clearing room for Steven Stamkos. In this scenario, Rick Nash likely needs to be traded to clear the room, and Vanek is someone who could –at least in the extremely short term– try to fill that gap.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for this scenario, as Nash is still the superior player to Vanek. But in this scenario where Stamkos appears to be the target, looking at Vanek would be the next logical step on offense.

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