The Rangers right now are in an awkward position. Do they make a big trade and hope to go deep in the playoffs, or do they do a little bit and try to sneak in?
I think the best option going forward right now is to try to use in house players to get where they need to go. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be against certain trades, but right now I don’t think the Rangers are playing well enough to make a run. They’re not a couple moves away from getting over the hump. Right now they’re most likely an offseason away from that unless they pull a 2012 LA Kings playoff run outta nowhere.
I think the best option at this point is try to get Zuccarello back in the fold, as well as bringing over Jesper Fast. They cost the Rangers nothing other than money to bring into the team, and do the Rangers have much to lose anyway right now? Really just a year off Henrik’s prime but that’s about it.
Look at a team like the Penguins. They just pulled off two moves in acquiring Douglas Murray and Brendan Morrow. They’re shooting for the moon this year and I think it would be a failure if they didn’t win it all. The Predators did the same thing last year (though they were in a little bit of a different situation because of Suter and Weber expiring at the end of the year) and it completely backfired on them. They gave up a first round pick for Paul Gaustad and they looked stupid then and they look really stupid now.
The Rangers cannot do moves that can harm the future of the team. They have a good young core, and it’d be stupid to try to go for it all in a year in which the current players on the team for the most part aren’t performing. Certain guys on the team don’t deserve reinforcements coming in and helping out. They should be good enough to play through whatever it is they’re playing through.
Not winning the cup this year isn’t the end of the world. Doing some drastic moves this trade deadline can do a lot more harm than good.