Vol. 2 of the trade deadline preview: how can the Rangers improve the bottom six?

You need four lines to win the Cup. Here are a few names who would be instant upgrades to the Rangers' bottom six.
Rangers' Bench Boss Peter Laviolette
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My Take:

The Rangers need to at the very least acquire a third-line center. Jonny Brodzinski has filled in admirably in Filip Chytil’s absence, but realistically is the not the answer for the remainder of the season. If Drury trades for Adam Henrique or Boone Jenner (my top-two picks from this list), then the lineup immediately becomes much deeper down the middle. Henrique or Jenner would add some scoring and leadership to the third line, while Brodzinski shifting down a spot adds some much-needed speed the fourth line.

As for a winger, this will likely depend on if Drury is able to acquire someone for the first line. If the Rangers do trade for a first line winger, that likely pushes Kaapo Kakko down to the third line and either Blake Wheeler or Will Cuylle to the fourth line. In that scenario, I could see Drury opting to use his assets on a veteran seventh defenseman. However, if that does not happen, then Trenin or Aubé-Kubel become borderline necessities. The Rangers bottom six needs to be more dynamic, and unfortunately a fourth line with Barclay Goodrow and Tyler Pitlick is not going to cut it in the playoffs. In an ideal world, they are both extra forwards, though Goodrow’s salary and position as an assistant captain make it unlikely he will be in the press box any time soon. The old adage that you need to be able to role four lines to win the Cup is a classic for a reason. Look no further than Vegas’s lineup depth last season. If the Rangers want to follow in their footsteps, then an addition or two to their bottom six will be necessary come deadline day.