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The Rangers have three critical needs: another top-six winger, bottom-six depth and a right-handed, top-four defenseman.
Trading for Steve Ott would take care of the bottom-six depth.
Steve Ott, currently with the Buffalo Sabres, is the consummate bottom-six forward. He's not a top scorer, but he brings incredible energy. He's a great forechecker, a top penalty killer and is also willing to lay the body and drop the gloves.
He'll add a little bit of offense, as he has three goals and 11 assists this season. But his main role is to be an agitator on the ice, to rile up opponents and bring more energy to the Rangers.
The Blueshirts lost a lot of depth this past offseason. They lost key contributors in Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko, Brandon Prust and John Mitchell. They have not been able to make that up.
Adding Ott would help replace that depth. A bottom-six with Ott, Brian Boyle, Jeff Halpern, J.T. Miller, Darroll Powe and Taylor Pyatt would be dynamite.
With the Sabres in full-on sell mode, the Rangers wouldn't have to give up too much. A mid-round draft pick and a prospect should suffice.
The Rangers should do this deal. Ott fills a need and would give the Rangers an agitator they've lacked since the Sean Avery era.