Three replacements for New York Rangers Filip Chytil who is out for the season

Oct 30, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) puck juggles before
Oct 30, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) puck juggles before / James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports
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It was announced on January 28th that New York Rangers center Filip Chytil was shutdown for the year with the Rangers needing to adjust course knowing that the Czech centerman would miss the remainder of the season with a concussion. Rightfully so, the Rangers want what is best for the player instead of the team. It's the hallmark of a classy organization, and it will make players confident that the club has their best interests at heart when it comes to the health part of the game.

However, this means that the Blueshirts will have the difficult task of trying to replace their third line centerman and that will not be easy for Rangers to find a new man for that hole. Chris Drury and the front office are going to find a way to get a replacement in for the Czech forward. Replacing someone homegrown, drafted by the organization, and who has chemistry with the players on the roster is an almost impossible task.

This center market is also exceptionally thin. With Elias Lindholm recently being moved to the Calgary Flames and Sean Monahan being moved to the Winnipeg Jets, the market is becoming even more barron than it was when the Rabgers announced their need for a new third-line center with the confirmation of Chytil being shut down the year. So, what can the Blueshirts do now to replace their beloved young forward?

It'll be a very difficult lead up to the deadline as the Rangers address the options available. Do they go for an older veteran who knows what it takes to play postseason hockey? Do they want to go a little younger for a player that may have better long term aspirations? Should this be a center that prioritizes the offensive side of the game over defense? It's got to be a good fit for the system too, which makes this a difficult conversation.