James Neal is a player the Rangers should be mildly familiar with. The ex-Pittsburgh Penguin played in black and gold for a full three seasons before being dealt to the Nashville Predators in 2014. He has played for the Predators for the past three seasons.
The 29-year-old forward would be nothing more than a rental for this Rangers team. He can play both wings and adds a balanced mix of edge and scoring prowess to any roster. Realistically, the Rangers’ Cup window with Henrik Lundqvist is dwindling away, and they could use a little extra depth.
The perennial 20 goal scorer currently has only a year remaining on his contract, carrying a $5 million cap hit. Following this season, he doesn’t seem primed to stay with the young Golden Knights, as the playoffs seem out of reach. Based on that line of thought, McPhee has a good reason to try and move him.