Three trade deadline day targets to fill the right wing hole for the New York Rangers

Feb 18, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93)
Feb 18, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) / Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Frank Vatrano

Another former Ranger cropping up, but this one is far less prominent in the recent memory of the Rangers faithful than Buchnevich is. Frank Vatrano is having quite the season out in Anaheim, and the Ducks could be looking to cash in on thier prize asset who is scoring at an unsustainable rate. It's probably the only chance they will have to get this kind of return for someone they thought would be a depth piece.

Next to former Rangers like Ryan Strome, Vatrano has put up 29 goals and 20 assists for 49 points in 62 games. That's impressive enough, but now remember he's doing this on the offensively challenged Ducks. There's a good chance he comes in and finds even more success in this career year he's having since there will be much more offensively gifted linemates in New York than he has in Anaheim.

Like Buchnevich, Vatrano has another year making $3.65 million meaning that this production comes at a nice cap hit for what he adds. When he walked away from the Rangers organization in free agency a few years ago, he left a team that picked him up cheaply from the Florida Panthers in the hope he could bolster the depth scoring, but he turned out to be a great fit on the top line. That familiarity with the top line is one of the draws to the player.

Given his term, this is going to be an expensive trade target, probably requiring a first-round pick at least. Although, Jake Guentzel didn't get a certain first-round pick so what do I know? There have been all sorts of rumors linking the Rangers with a Vatrano reunion. Anaheim know that their rebuild is stalling and they need to find a way to add more top end pieces to the organization.