John Cavanagh- Cody Franson
After the Rangers acquired Anthony DeAngelo from Arizona, re-signed Brendan Smith, and signed coveted free agent Kevin Shattenkirk, the team turned their defense from a weakness into a strength.
So, why would I suggest the Rangers sign defenseman Cody Franson? It’s simple. The Rangers still need a center to replace Stepan , and could flip newly acquired Anthony DeAngelo for one.
DeAngelo has many character concerns, but his puck moving skills at just 21 years old would entice any team. After DeAngelo is traded for a center, the Rangers could really round out their team by signing Franson.
Franson is an ideal third pair defender, and won’t command too high a price.
He also possesses offensive instincts, and has 163 assists in his eight seasons in the NHL. Franson could prove to be a valuable addition to the second power play unit.
The Rangers have a lot of youth that can fill out the defense, but for a team that looks ready to contend for a cup, the 28 year old Franson may be a safer bet.