Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are "believed to be seeking a trade partner" for Dylan McIlrath. (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault said today that the Rangers plan to start with 7 defensemen and while it's possible the Rangers go down the "path of least resistance" and send Brady Skjei to Hartford since he doesn't require waivers, "it is far more likely McIlrath becomes the casualty." (NY Post)
Vigneault was asked about McIlrath today and said "Dylan, I thought played well during training camp. The games that he was asked to play, played to his strengths, he is trying to get better every day with and without the puck. He's given it his best, he is working extremely hard, very professional and works really hard in the gym and is trying to put his best foot forward and we need to decide where that is on our team."
Adam Rotter: I"m sure the Rangers are exploring different options with McIlrath including keeping him, sending him down or trading him. He's an asset to the Rangers because he knows the system and has played fairly well in it before, but I don't know how much value he has around the league. You wouldn't trade him expecting to land big picks or prospects but more as a way to get something in return for a player who just doesn't seem to be in the plans right now. It's not an ideal role for him, but I think he's good 7th defensemen and could still play a nice role on this team if injuries take hold or there need to be performance based changes on the right side.