New York Rangers: Who should the Rangers add next?

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 02: Thomas Vanek /

Jack Milewski- Thomas Vanek

The Rangers have no doubt been winners this free agency period. They got their man in Kevin Shattenkirk, they re-signed Brendan Smith and they just added depth down the middle in David Desharnais. All in all it has been a successful month for Jeff Gorton and company, but the Rangers can still get better.

In recent years the Rangers have prided themselves on depth scoring without a superstar in the lineup. Based on roster moves it looks like they are trending towards that again in 2017-2018. With that in mind, why not add more depth scoring.

Thomas Vanek is someone the Rangers should look into this offseason. At 33 the left winger still has a few good years to go. He registered 48 points last year between the Red Wings and Panthers and in 12 NHL seasons has eclipsed 40 points in each.

At this point in Vanek’s career, the Rangers could get him for a year or two at a cap hit of a little over $2 million. For a skilled forward who can score at least 40 points, to have that luxury on your 3rd line would be tough to pass up.

He remains unsigned, which is a good sign for New York and further reinforces the fact that the price should be reasonable. The Rangers are going to be right back in the thick of the playoff fight next year, a skilled veteran in Vanek would be a key addition.