Brandon Cohen- Joe Thornton
Truthfully I would most like to see the Rangers make a move on defense, but my expectation is that that happens through a trade. With that in mind, the trade would likely include one of New York’s top forwards going to a new team. Thus, a gaping hole will exist in the top six. Enter Joe Thornton.
Not only could Thornton join the team as a top six forward with a bevy of experience, but he could also be a tremendous mentor for the likes of Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider. Hayes has plenty to learn from a player like Thornton, who could be somewhat of a player-coach. Oh, and his ability to put up points certainly doesn’t hurt either.
It would have to be a short term deal, but Thornton would be a fantastic fit to replace a traded forward.