There are currently four Rangers out of the lineup that are pieces to the puzzle. Marc Staal, Ryane Clowe, Derrick Dorsett, and Brian Boyle are those men. The Rangers will likely need at least a couple of those guys back in the lineup to make a run.
Let’s start off with Marc Staal, who before the eye injury was arguably the best defensive defenseman on the team. Marc Staal getting back at some point in the first round would be huge. It would ease the pressure off McDonagh and give the Rangers two top shutdown defenders on separate defensive pairings. If the Rangers run into a stacked offensive team down the stretch (think Pittsburgh, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston) having both McDonagh and Staal would be crucial.
Ryane Clowe would also play a decent sized factor in this team. He brings toughness, grit, size, and a bit of goal scoring. Not to mention the playoff experience with San Jose. He’s never experienced too much success (one Western Conference Finals appearance) but he definitely knows what it takes to win after all those years with the Sharks in the playoffs.
Derrick Dorsett coming into the fold would essentially be like having Brandon Prust back but with a bit more goal scoring touch. This team can use that. It would be tough for Dorsett to come back in the middle of the playoffs but the Rangers could use his help.
Then there’s Brian Boyle. A couple years ago everyone said the Rangers would be a true cup contender when Brian Boyle was on the fourth line. Well that day has come. Boyle is made for playoff hockey. Getting him back would definitely be an upgrade over Asham or Newbury.
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