NHL Trade Deadline: What The Rangers Need To Do After The Olympics

February 26th, 2010 by Steven Ovadia Leave a reply »
The Olympics are going to derail a lot of teams' trade plans this year.

The deadline is March 3 at 3 PM, so teams and players will go straight from the Olympics or an Olympic-size break right into the heart of trade season.

So basically teams will be making decisions based on how everything was working two weeks ago. It's not an ideal way to work.

For the Rangers, it's an even more complex process because they're right on the outside of the playoff bubble, a point behind Montreal for the eighth seed, with one game in hand.

Are the Rangers a playoff-bound team?

If GM Glen Sather believes that, he'll need to take steps to make the team better, potentially surrendering draft picks and prospects in order to get in some proven veterans.

But Sather surely realizes the Rangers are not a playoff-bound team. And even if the Rangers do somehow stumble into the playoffs, they can't possibly make much of a run deep into the postseason.

So the smart trade deadline choices involve standing pat or making moves to get better next year. Because short-term rental players aren't going to help the Rangers very much.

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