Scoring has obviously been a huge problem for the Rangers this season as they're currently tied for 28th in the league with a paltry 48 goals in 24 games.
One way to rectify this futility could be on the trade market, as Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Oilers feels the Rangers are one of the teams who could make the biggest push for Calgary's Mike Cammalleri at the trade deadline.
Cammalleri, who has 13 points (9g, 4a) in 16 games this season, is in the final year of his contract that has an AAV of $6M this season. However, if the Rangers acquire him at the deadline, he'll have just $1.25M remaining on his contract.
The 31-year old Cammalleri missed the first seven games of the season with a hand injury, but is completely healed.
…Cammalleri has twice been an 80 point guy in the NHL, but hasn't cracked 50 since 2009. He did have a bit of a renaissance with his lockout shortened 13g, 32 point season last year.
…last deadline the Penguins were able to get Iginla from the Flames without giving up a roster player or NHL ready prospect (cost was a 1st round pick and two prospects in college). So you have to assume the Rangers could get Cammalleri for a 2nd round pick and a prospect like Steven Fogarty (2011 – 3rd).
…while there's no way the Rangers could fit him under the cap right now as they have just around $2.4M of open space, according to Cap Geek they'll have over $8.5M of available space at the trade deadline, so there shouldn't be any issues then.
…it's tough to discuss a potential deal at the trade deadline, because I can't predict where the Rangers will be at that point. However, if the first quarter of the season is any indication, you have to assume they'll be in their annual position of fighting for one of the final playoff spots, so Cammalleri, if he can continue this offensive output, would be a nice addition to the lineup considering his expiring contract and how little the Rangers will likely have to give up.
For anyone wondering why the Rangers deadline cap space will be so much higher than it is currently, TheNYRBlog's Neill Fowler explains…
"The NHL tabulates each teams' cap space on a daily basis, not yearly. So any unused cap space that every team doesn't use daily, can literally be banked towards future transactions.
For example, today's Rangers page at capgeek has the Rangers listed as $1,714,174 under the cap in total cap hits. So right now, the Rangers could take on an extra $2,439,883 in cap space if they were to make a trade, waiver claim or promote someone from Hartford. That number will go up every day the Rangers do not make a transaction all the way up to the trade deadline cap space listed today of $8,570,870."
In your daily Michael Del Zotto rumor, Darren Dreger at TSN (via Leafs Blog Hope Smoke) says the Rangers have discussed a potential deal for the embattled defenseman with the Maple Leafs involving 23-year old defenseman Jake Gardiner.
Gardiner, who is in the final year of his entry level contract, had 30 points (7g, 23a) his rookie season two years ago, but spent most of last season in the AHL. This year he has just five points (all assists) in 24 games with the Leafs.
…Gardiner is an offensive defenseman, with great skating ability and accurate passing. The downside on Gardiner is despite being 6' 1" he's not an overly physical defenseman, which is currently the Rangers biggest omission on the blueline.
…from the reaction to this news, it sounds like this trade proposal from Sather was dead on arrival, so don't expect Del Zotto to be wearing a Maple Leafs jersey anytime soon.