On this second day of a two-day mini-break for the Rangers — they return to the ice tomorrow — it’s time to look at what might be out there on the trade market.
If you haven’t seen it already, TSN has a “pretty good list of names”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/trade_deadline/feature/?fid=10439&hubname being mentioned in trade rumors (both Jaromir Jagr and Marek Malik are mentioned frrom the Rangers).Almost all, if not all, of those players will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.
And as enticing as some of the forwards might be — Mats Sundin, Marian Hossa, Vinny Prospal — I have to think the Rangers main priority right now is strengthening their backline.
Which is not to say Brian Campbell or Dan Boyle, the two most enticing options, are going to be in a Blueshirt anytime soon (although Tom Renney did talk this season about how much he loved coaching Boyle in the World Championships a few years back). Neither the Sabres nor the Lightning are going to give those players away for free. And given the Rangers stated intent of holding on to their most important young assets, there’s no way they’d part with a Brandon Dubinsky or Nigel Dawes for a player who could conceivably only be a Ranger for six weeks.
What about, Al Montoya you ask? Sadly, the former No. 1 draft pick seems to be regressing in Hartford, “having been eclipsed by the fairly obscure Miika Wiikman”:http://stats.theahl.com/stats/statdisplay.php?type=goalies&subType=6&season_id=12&&leagueId=4&lastActive=&singleSeason in recent weeks. Of course, that might mean the Rangers would be more willing to part with Montoya. But that also means his value has likely dropped since the start of the season.