Rangers Scouting, Being Scouted

As we inch closer and closer to the March 5th trade deadline, teams are scouting each other with more frequency.

And the Rangers are no exception as they had scouts in Toronto Saturday night to watch the Maple Leafs face the Montreal Canadiens.

…earlier in the season the Rangers were said to be interested in defensemen Franson and Gardiner, but with how well they've been playing in their own end recently, does anyone really want to mess with the blueline? And as much as Del Zotto is a liability defensively, neither of those Leaf defensemen are upgrades.

…the Leafs are rumored to be shopping 23-year old Nazem Kadri. He's regressed a bit this season, but did put up 44 points in 48 games as a 22-year old last season. Nothing wrong with obtaining youth.

…the only name I've seen on the Canadiens in trade rumors is Pacioretty, but he has 21 goals in 40 games this season, so I doubt he's truly available. Although, we are talking about the Canadiens here, so maybe Sather can somehow get them to agree to a Del Zotto for PK Subban straight up trade. lol

The Rangers are not only scouting, they're also being scouted as Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the San Jose Sharks had two scouts on hand at MSG last night.

Strang also regurgitates the Rangers past interest in 37-year old Dan Boyle and says they would likely still be intrigued.

…Boyle, while not the same offensive threat as in the past, would give the Rangers an element on the blueline and the power play they are lacking right now. Having said that, the Rangers are boasting a pretty sick power play these days and I'd hate to mess with the current chemistry they have right now.

…one wild card on the Sharks is Joe Thornton. He's had past success with Nash and brings a veteran presence to the lineup. The only way I'd endorse this move is if I truly felt the Rangers had a chance to make a run. Assuming it wouldn't take more than some picks and a prospect to get him. He's in final year of his contract that pays him $7M this season. He does have a no movement clause, so I'm not sure he's accept a trade to a team that is so soft.

So, now that we've talked about who the Rangers would be interested in, let's take a look at who on the Blueshirts roster might actually be available in return.

Larry Brooks at the New York Post wonders with the Rangers log jam of speed, if Carl Hagelin could be on the block in an effort to add some size.

…it's no secret that for the Rangers to make some noise, if they're lucky enough to get into the playoffs, they're eventually going to have to go through Boston. And right now, while they're toughness has been bolstered by the acquisition of Carcillo, it's not nearly enough. Obviously, I'd have to see who the player coming back would be, but Hagelin definitely seems like a player Sather might dangle.

…another player who could be available is Boyle. He's definitely seen his ice time and role decrease recently and with Dorsett expected back soon he could be the odd man out. He'd make a nice veteran presence with faceoff and penalty kill ability for any contender.

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