Jack Milewski: Nick Holden and a Third Round Pick for Tyler Bozak
The Rangers have made a solid roster moves during free agency. After bolstering their defense the Rangers were able to acquire a bottom six center in David Desharnais. Now the team needs help in their top six and a trade may be the way to do it.
The Rangers should target Tyler Bozak to help out as a top six center. Bozak put up a career high 55 points last season, the same number as Derek Stepan. Playing with a upstart Maple Leafs team, Bozak looked phenomenal last season.
If the Rangers get Bozak, they will essentially have an interchangeable top three center grouping with him, Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad. Not only that, but with the move JT Miller won’t have to move back to center.
I’m assuming the price will be decent but not over the top for Bozak. The Maple Leafs need defensive help and to add to a young team. They would be happy to get Bozak’s contract off the books as well. Nick Holden and a third round pick sound like a fair price for Bozak.
That gives each team what they need and the third round pick isn’t anything crazy to give up for a player who is consistently around 40-50 points. The Rangers could get their center and get rid of Holden with one move. Another center and the Rangers offseason is complete, Bozak is that guy.