New York Rangers: Who should the Rangers add next?

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TORONTO, ON – MARCH 18: Brian Campbell
TORONTO, ON – MARCH 18: Brian Campbell /

Logan Clements- Brian Campbell

The New York Rangers have a phenomenal top four. It is likely one of the best in the league. However, their bottom defensive pairing is below average at best. It will likely feature two of Marc Staal, Nick Holden, and Anthony DeAngelo.

To fix this, the Rangers should sign Brian Campbell. Campbell has quietly been one of the better defensemen in the NHL for a while. He would provide tremendous value for the Rangers. He is known as an offensive defenseman, but he is quite skilled at suppressing shots and playing sound defense. Given that his partner would likely be Anthony DeAngelo, who is not particularly great at playing defense, Campbell can help him to grow and can cover for him.

The biggest concern about Campbell is his age (38 years old), but given that he is still playing like a top four defender, it should be a non-factor. Campbell’s age does, however, mean that he can be given performance bonuses instead of a larger contract.

Ultimately, Campbell would be a skilled defender who would be cheap, far better than having Staal or Holden playing on the bottom pairing, and could help shoulder DeAngelo’s defensive workload to help him grow into a top four defender someday.