The 2013 NHL season is down to its final month and teams are scrambling to make one final move before the trade deadline to improve their team. The New York Rangers have to be one of those teams that make a move if they want to stay in the playoff chase. The Rangers did get a win on Monday night to stay in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and may have found another scoring option to go alongside Rick Nash in Derek Stepan.
Stepan scored twice in the Monday win and now has 12 goals, which is one behind Nash’s 13. The team needs more offense though with the deadline just a day away. There had been talk that Jaromir Jagr could be on the block, and a player of that caliber would definitely have added something to the mix in New York. But he has already been traded on Tuesday. I have mentioned before that the Rangers are wasting a great season by Henrik Lundqvist because you can’t depend on your goalie to stop every shot on every night.
The picture was clouded a little when coach John Tortorella said after Monday’s game that he is worried “about the kids” on the team. Tortorella is worried that the team’s losing ways might hurt the team going forward. I would suggest that he stops screaming at everyone all the time and maybe helps out their development because the kids will be fine. This is a team that can make the playoffs and could push a higher-seeded team to the brink. The Rangers need a trade though to improve their offense in order to make that happen.