Early Assessment of New York Rangers' Trade Deadline Acquisitions

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Early Assessment of New York Rangers' Trade Deadline Acquisitions
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John Moore and Derick Brassard celebrate a goal at Madison Square Garden.

It seems since the NHL trade deadline on April 3, the New York Rangers have flipped the proverbial switch that has eluded them all season long.

General manager Glen Sather’s abrupt shake-up has woken a number of players who've meddled in mediocrity for most of the season. The shipping-out of Marian Gaborik will serve as a constant reminder to players underperforming that if you don’t earn your paycheck, you’ll be on your way out.

But it’s been the arrivals of Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore that have provided the much needed depth required to play the John Tortorella-brand of hockey that made the Rangers so successful in 2011-12.

A lack of secondary scoring and quality depth players have severely limited the steam’s ability to consistently perform well. All three acquisitions have jumped into the lineup and given it a number of different dimensions it lacked all season.

After the jump, we’ll specifically assess the performances of the three new acquired who've seen action for the Rangers.

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