Mar 17, 2012; Vancouver, British Columbia,CANADA; Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash (61) during the warmup at Rogers Arena against the Vancouver Canucks. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

The Need For A Forward And A Defenseman

The Rangers did win the Rick Nash lottery but suddenly have a couple holes to fill. The holes are relatively simple to fill but Sather is going to need to do something about them. Below I will outline what these holes are:

The Rangers suddenly have a great top six but a poor bottom six. The Rangers need to sign a forward to play the 3rd line along with Brian Boyle, Carl Hagelin/Ryan Callahan. Personally Shane Doan would fit this bill nicely. He can score, but he can also grind and play those tough minutes. Even if it isn’t Doan someone either needs to be signed or impress out of training camp and take this role.

For the last few months going into next season I had Tim Erixon penciled in to play the bottom pair with the big club. Now that Erixon is gone the Rangers need to find someone to help shore up that role. Michael Sauer’s health is a big if at this point and hopefully the team knows where he stands. If Sauer can recover I think him and Del Zotto would make a great pairing. Think like Jeff Buekeboom-Brian Leetch. Though obviously both Sauer and Del Zotto aren’t as great as those guys.

The Free Agent market for defenseman is pretty bad right now so a trade for a defenseman is most likely.

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