The New York Rangers have holes in their forward corps following the trade of number one center Derek Stepan. Its arbitration season for eligible restricted free agents, and the Rangers would be wise to explore a few of them.
Although deep on the wings, the New York Rangers need some help down the middle. Number one center Derek Stepan is playing in Arizona and breakout bottom six center Oscar Lindberg was drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights. The only relief so far has been the signing of journeyman David Desharnais.
The Rangers should be well aware of the contentious relationships between teams and their restricted free agents at this point in the summer. They have their own to worry about before scoping out other teams. Top six center Mika Zibanejad remains unsigned and has his arbitration meeting on July 25.
Once Zibanejad’s contract situation is solved, the Rangers should take a look at these five arbitration eligible free agents: