According to reports that popped up before the Rangers finally polished off their trade for Eric Staal, Jeff Gorton was apparently interested in Florida's (currently injured) forward Brandon Pirri. But as of right now, at least according to Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers are no longer involved.
More interest in FLA F Brandon Pirri. Hurt now, but a good scorer. EDM and NYR rumoured as previous suitors, but Staal takes out Rangers— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 29, 2016
Pirri is making just $925K this year, and is slated to become a RFA over the summer. At just 24-years-old, Pirri has 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 52 games with the Panthers. He's not expected to miss much time, and he seems like a good fit for the Rangers bottom six -- which is why he was linked to Broadway in the first place.
The Rangers are currently working with a little under $700K worth of cap space, but remember that Pirri's contract would be pro-rates and the Rangers could clear up a good amount of space by waiving/moving someone like Tanner Glass.
I'm not totally convinced the Rangers are out on Pirri but he was one of the guys I was hoping the Rangers would make a gun for to help solidify the lineup.
Thoughts on this guys?