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Rangers Could Be Looking to Trade Up Today; Boyle Vulnerable

Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that with the Rangers void of a first and second round pick during today's draft, they could be preparing a trade to move up.

Reports during the week mentioned Michael Del Zotto or JT Miller could potentially be moved.

However, Katie Strang at ESPN.com tweeted yesterday that there was no truth to the Miller rumor.

And Larry Brooks at the New York Post notes that the Rangers have neither the cap space nor assets to make a blockbuster trade. Although he does mention the Rangers could swap Del Zotto for a "stiffer" defenseman or bundle at least two of their three third round picks to move up in the draft.

Brooks also feels that the Rangers decision to keep Brad Richards could make Brian Boyle vulnerable to be traded, however, with Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin likely missing the first month of the season recovering from shoulder surgeries it's unlikely as he'll be needed on the wing.

Here's director of player personnel Gordie Clark on the possibility of trading up today…

"The top half of the first round is deep, and teams are holding on to those picks, so I don't see us going there. But we'll be watching to see if players we like will be available in the second round or fall."

…with the Rangers up against the cap and lacking top draft picks, I'd be shocked if Sather DIDN'T try to do something today. As Brooks says, I doubt it'll be a significant piece moving, but could be a Pyatt or Boyle from the NHL roster or possibly a prospect like Christian Thomas.

…man, not buying Richards out has really limited Sather on what he can do this offseason.

Here's more from Clark on the Rangers draft strategy today…

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