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Trade Deadline Wish List
Five Players Who Can Help Today and Tomorrow

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Posted by Dan Akeson
March 2, 2010 at 04:58 pm

Rick Carpiniello over at Lohud had a tremendous assessment of the New York Rangers approach to tomorrow's impending trade deadline.

They will likely piece together a hodge podge of temporary players to get them into the playoffs, but not far. And most of those players will probably not re-sign, as they haven't the past several deadlines.

The most important comment, however, was that whatever the Rangers do, they cannot sacrifice youth or prospects. The Rangers have done a nice job of incorporating youth since the lockout, particularly with Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, and Henrik Lundqvist. This approach should not be sacrificed for the sake of a lame playoff run.

But there are players on the market who can help the Rangers now and build toward the future. Here are five players on my Rangers Wish List and what it would take to get them:

  • Ryan Whitney, Defenseman, Anaheim: A young established defenseman that was the cornerstone of the Philadelphia trade for Chris Pronger. (Senior moment -- as pointed out by readers, he was traded for Kunitz in Pittsburgh. Meant to say he was supposed to take over for Pronger upon his trade to Philly) He has not acclimated to the left coast well, but can be an asset on both sides of the puck. His size is also an asset. To get him: Bobby Sanguinetti, A second round pick, and a roster player, perhaps Dan Girardi. Should Anaheim agree to take on the contract of Michal Rozsival, it's possible the Rangers up their anty.
  • Barrett Jackman, Defenseman, St. Louis: Like Whitney, a young estbalished defenseman, but with a much grittier game. He lacks the offensive side of the game, but has a rigorous physical presence and is very smart away from the puck. To get him: Bobby Sanguinetti, A Second Round Pick, Dan Girardi. St. Louis may prefer a forward prospect such as Corey Locke rather than Sanguinetti.
  • John-Michael Liles, Defenseman, Colorado: A bit of a controversial pick, but I love the way he moves the puck. Still young enough to give some time for development, but with a large cap-hit. However, if Colorado took on Rozsival's salary, it would be a worthwhile swap. He has incredible offensive potential. To get him: Rozsival, mid-round pick, P.A. Parenteau
  • Peter Mueller, Center, Phoenix: The Rangers tried to acquire the young center earlier in the season. He is more readily available now given that he is unlikely to re-sign as an RFA this offseason. Mueller is a young offensive center that could prove to be a nice complement to Dubinsky. Phoenix reportedly turned down a one-for-one swap for Sanguinetti. To get him: Sanguinetti, P.A. Parenteau, and a late-round pick
  • David Booth, Left Wing, Florida: Perhaps my favorite of the bunch, Booth has struggled to recover from a brutal early-season hit that left him concussed. But at 25 years old, he will have plenty of time to regain form. With the Rangers thin at left wing, he would immediately jump into the top-six forwards. He was a rising offensive force prior to the injury. He may fetch a hefty return if it becomes a bidding war. To get him: Sanguinetti, Locke, Second Round Pick, roster player like Brian Boyle or Erik Christensen or P.A. Parenteau

These analyses are based purely on speculation and may be a little thin on the Rangers end, but then again, former Ranger Dominic Moore went for a second round pick...fughetta bout it


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