This is the one that makes the most sense, and he's probably the final true center on the market at this trade deadline. As the Rangers are looking for help down the middle, they could land another player that has delivered a dagger to the hopes and dreams of the past to come and help build up the chances of the Stanley Cup coming home to Manhatten. A decade after his infamous goal for the New Jersey Devils, Adam Henrique could be a solution.
He was shipped out of the Garden State and to Orange County for Sami Vatanen many years ago and has been growing old in the Anaheim Ducks organization. In his older age, Henrique has retained the defensive upside that has made him such a beloved player by Ducks fans. His experience has been helpful for the youngsters the Ducks have, and the Rangers have kids that are not performing the way they should be right now.
To say his defense is still among the best in the NHL shouldn't diminish the fact his offensive skills are still quite strong. The Brantford, Ontario native has recorded 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points this season and is plus-one on a Ducks team that cannot stop a beachball. He's done incredibly well as he looks to get back to a team that wants to compete for the Stanley Cup after seven years out in Orange County.
For the New York Rangers, Henrique could slide into the third line slot quite comfortably. With a cap hit of $5.825 million, there would need to be some retention, but opening the first round pick up should make the Ducks content with retaining until the end of the season on this player. They know it'll take some help for a lot of teams to land him, so the retention slot is probably a good use.