Last night, the New York Rangers announced that they acquired Los Angeles Kings forward and ex-Rangers nemesis from when he was on the Philadelphia Flyers, Daniel Carcillo, for a conditional seventh-round pick.
The Rangers’ fan base seems to be split evenly on the move, and I happen to be on the side in support of the trade. If you know me by now, you know that I believe the Rangers seriously lack toughness among other things, one of them being goal scoring.
Fans who are against the move are saying that the Rangers need a goal-scorer and getting Carcillo is a waste of time. I don’t know about you, but when was the last time a team got a pure goal scorer for a conditional seventh-round draft pick?
Yes, the Rangers do need scoring. But like I said, the Rangers need to make a few trades. One trade is not going to fix the Rangers. They just have too many holes. Not only does goal scoring from the forward position have to be addressed, but also team toughness, physicality, grit and scoring from defensemen.
The trade to acquire Carcillo helps the toughness, physicality and grit portions of the Rangers’ puzzle, especially with Derek Dorsett being out for 4-6 weeks with a broken left fibula.
Now for the fans who agree with the Carcillo trade, one player is not going to make a team drastically tougher and more physical, so Rangers GM Glen Sather has to continue to make smaller trades for grit and energy, and then some bigger trades in order to acquire scoring at both the forward and defense positions.
I like this move, but this cannot be it. More deals have to come in order to fix this Rangers team.