Perhaps a blast from the past is exactly what the Rangers would need to cope with the loss of Lindberg. They could do just that by bringing back big center Brian Boyle.
Boyle departed the Rangers following the 2013-14 season, and has played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs since. He has maintained his status as a top-tier penalty killer, while providing an edge for two offensive-minded, developing hockey clubs.
Last season, while splitting time between both the Lightning and Maple Leafs, Boyle amassed 25 points (13G, 12 A). That total marked his highest since scoring 35and 26 points in back to back seasons with the Rangers (2010-2012).
The former fan favorite represents one of the most dependable options on the free-agent market. His skillset would fit nicely, given he is willing to see the lesser role he fled Broadway for three seasons ago. Boyle is 32 years old now, and could be had on an affordable contract.