Do The Rangers Need a First Line Center? Brad Richards and Other Trade Options

December 9th, 2010 by Arto Jaakkola Leave a reply »
The New York Rangers have shown flashes of promise this year of being a team that could perform in the playoffs. And as we have all seen in the past few seasons, once you make the playoffs no one knows what could happen, see the Canadiens last season. They currently sit in eight place in the East, just grasping the final playoff spot with almost a third of the season now played.

One thing the Rangers have been missing all season however, is a legitimate number one center to play with their biggest scoring threat Marian Gaborik. They do have Brandon Dubinsky, who has started the season very well with 12 goals already, but he is more of a two-way second line center and hasn't had a great deal of success playing with Gaborik in the past.

Most recently they've used Erik Christensen in the top line, but he is a rather inconsistent player who was a waiver-wire pickup from the Ducks last season and has never scored more than 33 points in a season.

Also getting stabs in the top line this year have been rookie Derek Stepan, second year center Artem Anisimov and Brian Boyle, with no one really securing a position for a longer span of time, and all three of ...

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