The Rangers tried to solve that problem with Jason Arnott. That idea crashed and burned when Arnott failed his physical -- and the Rangers took his contract off the table as a result. Since then, Glen Sather has admitted to the Rangers looking for depth.
The Carolina Hurricanes might have provided the Rangers with a solution. Wednesday afternoon the Hurricanes put former first-round pick Zach Boychuk on waivers, giving every team in the NHL a chance at putting in a claim for him. Boychuk is young (he's only 23) and has been remarkably productive in the AHL -- although his NHL production isn't fantastic (18 points in 77 games).
But the Rangers aren't exactly in a position to be picky. And Boychuk represents a perfect low-risk high-reward type of move. If the Rangers win the claim (more on that in a minute) then they got him for free, and can see how he fits in a third-line role. And since he's young (and obviously has potential) there's an opportunity for the Rangers to find a really productive player.
If he doesn't work out, the Rangers can either waive him or try to trade him. Either way it's a no-lose situation for New York.
Now the catch, assuming the Rangers are interested, getting Boychuk might prove to be an issue. There are teams out there who have a more dominant claim than the Rangers. I don't know all the teams, specifically, but if their claim is before the Rangers and they claim Boychuk, well, they get Boychuk.
Personally, I think the reward outweighs the risk so heavily that I would have put a claim in for him without skipping a beat. Sometimes all a guy like Boychuk needs is a change of scenery. Maybe New York is just what the doctor ordered?
What do you guys think, though? Would you make a move for him?