I explained back before the trade deadline that the Rangers would be wise to look at a forward-for-defenseman trade prior to Vegas’ expansion draft because it would kill two birds with one stone. Their blue line is in disrepair, with arguably the entire right side of the defense group in need of an overhaul and they have too many forwards to protect. This combination of problems is rather easily remedied, however, should the Rangers simply opt for a trade with a team with the opposite problem. I used Anaheim as an example, twice arguing—once for Nash and once for Miller—that their especially deep blue line was ripe for the picking. It still is. But so, too, are the defense groups of the Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers, and Nashville Predators.
Should things reach an impasse in SoCal, turning to any of these three clubs could still provide the Rangers with a strategic partner as a means to solve one another’s expansion composition problems.