What Players Should The Rangers Trade Before The Deadline?
The New York Rangers are in a very unfamiliar situation. Sitting at 27-26-5 with 59 points heading into the weekend, the Rangers aren't used to the struggles of this season's campaign after having success over the past decade or so.
With the trade deadline looming, the Rangers have a number of options on the table in order to look forward to the future. Trading away some of their talent can go a long way in helping this team get back to the success they desperately covet.
A number of their players have been rumored to be on their way out before the February 26th deadline. Who could be on the move and where might they end up? Here are some options:
Rick Nash, LW
Rick Nash's time as a New York Ranger may be over. Another let-down of a season for the 'Blue Shirts' has made it easy for New York to part ways with Nash at the deadline. Nash's goal-scoring ability will be wanted by many teams, mainly one's toward the top of the playoff ladder. He's on pace for his 13th season of scoring 20+ goals, which could go a long way for a team on pace to make a deep playoff run.
Destination: Nashville Preditors
Michael Grabner, LW
Much like Nash, Grabner's ability to score is one that teams will gamble on for a playoff run. What makes Grabner a coveted player before the deadline is his speed. His ability to frustrate defenders with his speed along with a fantastic shot, Grabner could land with a team and become an instant impact player. What might cheer up Rangers fans about this possible trade is that Grabner may re-sign with the team in the off-season as an unrestricted free-agent.
Destination: Las Vegas Golden Knights
Nick Holden, D
Depth can be key for a playoff run. Holden can easily provide that for any team that's headed toward the playoffs. A disappointing season as far as his standards are concerned, Holden is a solid defenseman who's ability to help out anywhere on the ice and can handle difficult situations. A team lacking defensive depth would be a perfect fit for Holden.
Destination: Anaheim Ducks
The Rangers won't turn around this season; it's inevitable. But the future of this team can be molded by moves the team makes by the deadline.
Do you believe the Rangers should trade some of their players ahead of the trade deadline?