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.
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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.
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.