When we talk about players that could be good fits for the New York Rangers as we encroach upon the March 3rd deadline. There will be a thousand and five names linked with the Rangers as are the woes of being the biggest American market in the sport. There would be a lot of rumors linking the best players to the biggest teams because it generates money for that reporting. Am I admitting to being a sellout? I plead the 5th, but an interesting name has popped up recently.
Max Domi has been a name that has captivated the market this trade season as his rise in value this year dominates discussions as to whether or not the Chicago Blackhawks will go as far as to move their free agent signing from this summer. Domi has found a home playing down the middle on the top line of the Chicago Blackhawks so it is fair to say that this is an asset this will have great demand at the deadline.
Signed to just $3 million until the end of this season, Domi is a kind of Swiss Army knife utility player that all contenders will need. He can play in any position up and down the lineup, he can play in all situations and he will not cheat the game. While he should not be the only piece a contender picks up at the deadline to go all in, he’s a much more offensively capable version of Tyler Motte, who the Blueshirts picked up at last year’s deadline.
With the rumor being that the Blackhawks want just a 2nd or 3rd-round pick for the services of Domi, there’s not a lot that would put a team off of acquiring this deal. You’re not committing long-term, the deal is really affordable to take on, and the player can fill almost any gap you have on the forward core.
While Domi may not be the greatest fit for the long term, there is little denying that his ability to slot anywhere in the lineup would make him a very desirable asset for a roster to have. He makes teams better. With the Rangers in the current situation they are in, they will be looking for players at the deadline to bolster the cracks. If Domi can produce on the right wing next to either Mika Zibanejad or Vincent Trocheck, he could be a good piece.