Before I even start, I just want to let you know that this is just my opinion and I have not heard any rumors discussing a trade like this, even though I wish.
Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets is a defenseman that would fill multiple needs for the New York Rangers. The Rangers largely lack size, grit, physicality and scoring. This all comes in the Byfuglien package.
Byfuglien is probably one of the only guys in the league who can knock down Zdeno Chara, because he is that big, and has a slap shot just as powerful as Chara too. The Rangers are a team that has some good defensive defenseman but none that are consistent scoring threats, which Byfuglien is, and his 100 MPH slap shot would prove that. Not only would scoring on the Rangers improve with Byfuglien, but his added size, grit, and physicality would make the Rangers a tougher team to play against.
All of these aspects the Rangers lack in and to get all of that out of one player would be an amazing pick up if they could get him, and I haven’t even talked about his versatility yet so I will now. Not only is Byfuglien one of the most feared defensemen in the league but on occasion he has shown he can play the wing, and do a very good job of that as well.
So I am sure you are asking yourself if Byfuglien is that good then why would the Jets even consider trading him?
Well, the Jets aren’t exactly the wealthiest team in the league and they have expressed in the past that they would trade him for the right price. The Jets have also mentioned in the past that they are interested in acquiring Michael Del Zotto because they want a left handed offensive defenseman on their blue line.
Now, a Del Zotto for Byfuglien straight-up deal would never happen, but I am thinking if the Rangers could possibly package Del Zotto, Derick Brassard, a draft pick and maybe J.T. Miller, then the Jets would at least have to consider it and us Rangers fans would just have to hope for the best.
Outside of Rick Nash, the Rangers do not have another dynamic skater who can make plays out of nothing and to add a defenseman with that capability would help the Rangers greatly.