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5 Players The New York Rangers Should Target In Trades

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5 Players The New York Rangers Should Attempt To Trade For

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The New York Rangers are in a big time slump right now. They have lost four games in a row and have looked flat in each of those games. They have had no consistency on the offensive end or on the defensive end, and right now the bad offense is hurting the defense.

Clearly the Rangers are going to need to make some changes as this roster is not fit for Alain Vigneault. The head man for the Rangers loves to push the pace and focus on offense. He likes his defensemen to jump into the rush and create more odd man rushes. Also those defensemen must be able to make crisp, tape to tape breakout passes to help the forwards come through the neutral zone with speed. Right now the Rangers are lacking defensive players that are willing to do that other than Ryan McDonagh.

On the offensive end injuries have plagued the Rangers all season. They might have gone through a 5-8 game stretch where they had the full roster they envisioned they would have back in training camp. Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash both missed a month or so with different injuries, and now Callahan is once again out for a month with a knee sprain. With that being said the big players are not producing right now. The inconsistency is embarrassing and must be fixed. They need a big body who can score goals but is willing to drop the gloves and be a physical force.

Glen Sather is not the best general manger in the league, but he is smart enough to realize that some changes need to be made to this roster. Here are five players Sather should try to trade for.

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5. Milan Michalek

Milan Michalek
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Milan Michalek is a player who has been underachieving for the Ottawa Senators. He is a sniper who can absolutely rip the puck, and two years ago he put up 35 goals and 25 assists in 77 games. This season Michalek only has five goals in 33 games and looks like a player who needs a change of scenery.

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4. Dmitry Kulikov

Dmitry Kulikov
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Dmitry Kulikov is very similar to Michael Del Zotto in terms of style of play. Kulikov was selected 14th overall in the 2009 NHL draft by the Florida Panthers. He has great puck moving ability but struggles with inconsistency. He is a threat to bolt to the KHL as well so many teams are trying to stay away from him. A change of scenery to a real up-tempo offense might benefit Kulikov.

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3. Nail Yakupov

Nail Yakupov
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Nail Yakupov was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft. There were reports last month that he and the Edmonton Oilers were having troubles because of Yakupov's decreased playing time. He is an electric player who is all about offense. He is flashy and doesn't have a lot of grit, but playing under the bright lights might benefit Yakupov. Earlier last month it was reported that the Rangers were shopping Dan Girardi for him.

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2. Evander Kane

Evander Kane
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Evander Kane loves playing at Madison Square Garden, plain and simple. Every time the Winnipeg Jets are visiting New York it is almost a guarantee Kane will score a goal. He could very well be the most underrated superstar in the league. It would take a lot to get Kane, but the Rangers definitely have the assets. Maybe they would be able to bring over one of his teammates too.

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1. Blake Wheeler

Blake Wheeler
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Kane's teammate with the Jets, Blake Wheeler, is the closest you are going to get to Milan Lucic. He is a big 6-foot-5 and weighs 205 pounds. Getting Wheeler would be extremely difficult as the Jets just signed him to a long term contract over the summer, but he possesses all the tools the Rangers are looking for right now as a big forward who can score goals.