Steve Zipay at Newsday notes that if the Rangers want to upgrade at center or defense, several players who will be unrestricted free agents next summer might be available as rentals including:
C Stephen Weiss – 1g, 3a in 16 games ($4.1 million)
C Brenden Morrow – 5g, 5a in 21 games ($4.1 million)
D Doug Murray – 0g, 2a, -3, 38 hits, 37 blocked shots ($2.5 million)
D Ron Hainsey – 0g, 7a, +2, 8 hits, 58 blocked shots ($4.5 million)
…i've always been a Weiss fan, but he has had a dreadful start to the season, so maybe Morrow, who has played with Richards, might be the better option of the two. Morrow is coming off an injury plagued 2011-12 season, but looks to have turned it around so far this season.
…if the Rangers do end up acquiring a center, you have to assume Boyle is the odd man out. Wonder if he'd be part of the trade or simply moved to wing.
…as far as the two defenseman Zipay lists, I think I'd rather stick with what the Rangers have. To me Gilroy/Eminger is a better option as the sixth defenseman than either of those two. Plus I thought Hainsey acted like an obstructionist as a union rep during the lockout, so eff him.