February 18, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Mike Knuble (22) during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

NHL Trade Deadline: Rangers Interested in Mike Knuble, Paul Gaustad?

It’s Deadline Day, so let the madness ensue.

With the New York Rangers out on the Rick Nash sweepstakes, their focus now turns to secondary scoring options. According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, management is interested in Washington’s Mike Knuble and Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad and will expore the market for them.

Larry Brooks on Mike Knuble:

The Blueshirts do appear to have some interest in Washington’s Mike Knuble, who was shoved unceremoniously aside by coach Dale Hunter and carries the veteran presence so respected by coach John Tortorella and the goal-scoring pedigree sought by Sather.

But it’s unclear just what price Capitals GM George McPhee would require in exchange for the 39-year-old winger, who has scored three goals in 57 games of limited use, and who exactly would come out of the lineup to create a spot for Knuble, who spent a couple of years with the Rangers from 1998-2000.

Blue Line Station ran an article a few weeks back discussing whether or not Mike Knuble would be a fit for New York. He’s up there in age (39) and his productivce days are behind him. But, for whatever reason, he’s been passed by wayside by Dale Hunter down in D.C. and deserves a better fate. If the Rangers find acquiring scoring help is near impossible, Knuble’s history of PP success and veteran leadership may be worth a late-round draft pick.

Larry Brooks on Paul Gaustad:

Management loves the idea of renting Buffalo’s rugged 30-year-old, 6-foot-5 center Paul Gaustad, who fought Brandon Prust in the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Sabres on Saturday, but there is no indication he is on the market. If available, the price is likely to be high.

Aside from the face rearrangement levied to him by Brandon Prust, Paul Gaustad would be an intriguing option. His 56 percent efficiency on draws would be a welcomed addition to a team that still struggles to win face-offs at key times. Gaustad also the fits the style of John Tortorella as a gritty, shot-blocking player. No doubt multiple teams will be in the hunt for his services and the price tag won’t be cheap, however, if the price if right, Gaustad would add depth to the bottom six forwards.

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