With the New York Rangers on the ropes and digging deep for goal scoring, New York Post columnist Larry Brooks seems to have a pretty solid solution in mind. Ex-Ranger Vaclav Prospal is still available on the free agent market and could provide a desperately needed boost for the Blueshirts.
Would he come in and score 30 goals the rest of the way? Negatory ghost rider, but he’s a guy with a proven track record of getting it done when no one else around him is going or clicking. He was the leading scorer for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013, and was a lone bright spot for that team on a nightly basis.
It didn’t seem to matter who he played with or what kind of ice time he was seeing. Prospal just gets it done. That’s exactly what the Rangers need right now.
Another option for the Rangers is Simon Gagne.
While his recent track record is a little more shaky than that of Prospal, he’s still a player that could come in and score some goals for New York. The best part about both of these players is that they could help pitch in from the third or fourth line once the likes of Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan return to the lineup.
Suddenly the Rangers would be a veteran-laden lineup and able to withstand losses of one or two key guys. That’s why depth is so important in the NHL, and if New York’s injures have exposed one thing, it’s that they aren’t a particularly deep squad. They called up Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller to be top-six forwards once Nash and Callahan went down.
That should be all you need to know to convince you that either Prospal or Gagne would be a solid addition moving forward.