This has been a largely successful season for the New York Rangers. Currently presiding at the top of the Metropolitan standings, the Blueshirts have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season. There's no denying that the Rangers have had extreme amounts of success this season, and that they are probably going to be looking to load up at the deadline. Looking at the rest of the league, this is the Rangers best shot to win the Stanley Cup with this core.
There's just one problem about trying to load up at this deadline. Due to the extreme amount of injuries the Rangers have sustained, it's not entirely viable for the Rangers to expect to go out and pick up the cream of the crop at this deadline due to the limited amount of cap space available to the organization. You cannot accrue cap space while in LTIR relief, and the injuries to Kaapo Kakko and Filip Chytil have left the Rangers in said relief.
It means that if the Rangers are going to go out and try to load up at the deadline, they will need to create their own cap space by moving out internal deals to try and make it work. This will mean amputating parts of the current roster to try and improve it for the playoffs. If you are questioning whether that is a good idea or not, you are not alone. There will be a ton of people wondering if changes are indeed needed to make this team better for the more meaningful hockey of the playoffs.
However, New York Rangers ownner James Dolan is not exactly known for his stance of "stand pat at the deadline". This is a man that likes his teams to make the big splash whenever they can. Whether or not the Rangers will depends on the space they can leverage. So, what parts of the current roster could be moved out to make room for the reinforcements that might be en route ahead of the trade deadline?