Update-The New York Rangers have recently added Matthew Lombardi to a 2 year contract with an $800K cap hit. The five foot eleven inch left-handed centre last played in the NHL in 12/13 for the Anaheim Ducks after starting the season in Arizona with the Coyotes. He's a good addition to add depth at center.
The New York Rangers don’t have much in the way of trade assets in the form of draft picks or young prospects teams would be drooling over . They don’t own a first round pick for next years Entry Draft. The players they have that are most NHL ready are not exactly blowing any General Managers socks off. On the NHL roster they have Carl Hagelin
who has a team friendly cap hit of $2.250 million per season for one more year and there’s no way to replace what he brings. Nor would Glen Sather
be able to get an equal return in any trade involving arguably the fastest skater in the National Hockey League. Alain Vigneault
began integrating him more into the offense as the season progressed. Many fans feel Rick Nash
should be traded due to his lack of performance in the playoffs but he played well through twenty-five playoff games. He did everything the team needed him to do except score goals and this past post season was better for him than his first in New York in 12/13 under John Tortarella. Rick Nash
has a full No Movement Clause so there is little to no chance he and the New York Rangers part ways this season. It’s unlikely the New York Rangers trade their best regular season scorer this summer or during the 14/15 season. The New York Rangers gave up a boat load to get him from Columbus and would never get equal return in a trade.
Derick Brassard is an affordable contract and an attracting asset since he played well in the playoffs two years in a row, but with the lack of depth up the middle the New York Rangers are not going to trade another center unless they got an offer for a better one in return.
On defense the New York Rangers have three top pairing defenseman which gives them one of the most formidable back ends in the game.
Glen Sather traded away the last two-first round picks and next years as well in trades for Rick Nash and Martin St Louis. Next years draft is full of top talent and now the New York Rangers don’t have a pick in next years first round either.
A number of scouts believe the 2015 draft is loaded with talent, so much so that it may one day rival the 2003 draft. Heading the pack are McDavid and Eichel. By Mike G. Morreale – NHL.com
The only other player the New York Rangers could trade without opening another hole elsewhere is Marc Staal
. Being the third of the New York Rangers three star defenseman his contract runs through the end of this coming season. He will want a raise in his first Unrestricted Free Agent contract next summer. Possibly somewhere in the range of the five to six million dollar deal Dan Girardi
signed last season.
The New York Rangers have five defenseman signed through at least next season and they already spend $4.3 million per defenseman on their roster. The eight highest Cap salary per defenseman in the league. Since he had a good season after the eye injury and concussion issues before that. Why not kick other teams tires now about a trade involving Marc Staal
now? The New York Rangers should trade him this summer to clear cap salary. They can’t afford to pay a third defenseman top pairing money. Free up some cap space and acquire a free agent or use the added cap space to make a trade. In a post written a couple of weeks ago there was a poll where fifty-one percent of voters felt it was better to keep Anton Stralman
and trade Marc Staal. You can view that post and the poll results here.
There are teams that are in need of help on their back-end. Trading Marc Staal would not be hard for the New York Rangers. Finding the right trade partner may be the toughest part of a trade involving Marc Staal.
If they decide to trade Marc Staal to clear salary cap space. A team in need of help on defense might want to deal draft picks and/or prospects to acquire an affordable “shutdown” defenseman. They would control his rights for the season and the season to work out a new deal with him. He will have less value at the trade deadline when Glen Sather decides resigning him will cost too much. So make the move now instead of delaying the inevitable. There’s a few teams that need to have a defenseman like him. The Colorado Avalanche may be interested and if the Edmonton Oilers ever want to be competitive again they’d finally make a smart move to acquire a defenseman like Marc Staal.