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The Rangers need some bottom-line forwards who can put the puck in the net.
The first two lines of the Rangers are set. They will include, in some form or another, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Rick Nash, Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan.
The other two lines are up for grabs. Brad Richards will probably center the third line. On the roster, only Brian Boyle, Mats Zuccarello and Taylor Pyatt are guaranteed spots. J.T. Miller has a strong chance to make the team out of camp, and Derek Dorsett was effective as a fourth-line grinder, but neither are locks.
The moves to waive both Darroll Powe and Arron Asham, as per the New York Daily News, only exacerbate the need for more grinders who can put the puck in the net.
A winger like Dan Paille, who was so instrumental in helping the Bruins reach the Final, or a center like Dave Bolland, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal, would be ideal in helping upgrade the bottom six.
Alas, they aren't available. Instead, they could look at someone like Matt Hendricks. Hendricks scored five goals last season and also hits, fights and provides energy on the forecheck.
Clarke MacArthur has more offensive upside. He's the kind of gritty player who helps teams wins games. He scored eight goals last season, but his career high is 21.
Eric Nystrom, who scored seven goals and had four assists last season with Dallas, would be an ideal third-line winger. It remains to be seen, however, if Nystrom, or any of the guys mentioned above, would be willing to come to New York for a bit less than they may get from teams with more cap room.
Because of the cap constraints, the Rangers will probably be able to sign only one guy like this. But it's a need. A gritty player who can sustain offense, wreak havoc on the forecheck, kill penalties and play solid defense would go a long way in helping the Rangers advance further in the playoffs next season.