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The Rangers' top two lines are pretty much set for next season. They will include some combination of Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan, Derick Brassard, Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider.
What the Rangers need, however, is depth in their bottom six. The Bruins' third and fourth lines just skated all over the Rangers. The Rangers need grit, energy and scoring ability.
In addition, the lack of depth and constant grit is a large reason why they were so inconsistent. Two seasons ago, the Rangers came within two games of reaching the Stanley Cup Final. They did that on the strength of their depth, their ability to hit, drop the gloves and provide grit and energy.
The Rangers didn't have that this season. In order to reach the Stanley Cup Final and beyond, the Blueshirts need to add more grit.
On the current roster, the Rangers will keep Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt and Derek Dorsett as bottom six forwards. They need, however, three more.
Who should they go for? A player like Matt Hendricks might be a start. The 31-year-old had only eight points, but he's a gritty player. He will hit, win faceoffs, kill penalties, drop the gloves and bring an energy and toughness the Rangers often lacked.
Another player might be Clarke MacArthur. The rugged winger had 20 points this season and can play in all situations, including the power play. He's a perfect third-line winger on a great team.
The Rangers would also be smart to bring back an old friend in Ruslan Fedotenko. The Rangers foolishly let him go after last season, and he brought his brand of energy and penalty-killing ability to the Flyers. He won't be expensive and can be penciled into the third line immediately.
Re-signing Ryane Clowe would be a good idea; however, they do need to evaluate his medical condition. Clowe played in just two playoff games with what many consider to be a concussion.
Signing any of these players would be a good idea. Signing all four would be fantastic.