At 20-19-2 through the first 41 games of the season, the New York Rangers are at a crossroads. Upper management has two realistic options: a) retool and bring in some fresh blood to change the makeup of the team and hope the move or moves yield positive results; or b) blow it up and rebuild.
Judging by general manager Glen Sather’s offseason moves—and his general distaste for a formal rebuild—blowing it up doesn't seem likely, although stranger things have happened.
That being said, Sather and management should no doubt be very active on the trade market regardless of which road they choose to travel down. And what makes things even more interesting is that there aren't too many players on this team who at this point are untouchable. So if the Rangers continue to rot in mediocrity, it’s only a matter of time before a deal or two is made.
So, in that vein, let’s take a look at the five players the Rangers should most aggressively look to move on the trade market.