In his column on Sunday, Larry Brooks wrote that he would only trade Kevin Hayes or Mika Zibanejad if the Rangers could land a "legit" top-four right shot defenseman. (NY Post)
He notes that Jacob Trouba of the Jets is probably out of reach but that Calgary, with their "surplus" of right shot defensemen and need for a center could be a match. (NY Post)
Brooks suggests Dougie Hamilton as someone who might be "obtainable" but also wonders about 2016 third round pick Adam Fox. (NY Post)
Fox, who is from Long Island, was partnered with Ryan Lindgren the past two-years at the World Juniors for Team USA.(NY Post)
Kevin Shattenkirk, Neal Pionk, Tony DeAngelo and Steve Kampfer are current right-shot defensemen for the Rangers.
Adam Rotter: By no means are the Rangers set or have sure things on the right side of their defense but Shattenkirk, Pionk and DeAngelo is an interesting group to go to training camp. They should upgrade on the right side if they can, but I think the bigger concern may now be on the left side. For so long the Rangers had Ryan McDonagh etched into that top-spot on the left side but now they are without a true top-pair defenseman. Brady Skjei certainly has the potential and skill level to step into McDonagh's role but there is no guarantee of that.
Whether they target the left side or the right side the situation is the same as it was with Derek Stepan, the Rangers can use one of their centers to potentially upgrade on defense. They went for potential in the Stepan trade, with Lias Andersson and DeAngelo, but they could have another crack at getting someone who can step in and play big minutes with a possible Hayes or Zibanejad trade. Someone like Hamilton is interesting because he is nearly 25 and signed to a long-term deal already, but moving a center just opens up another hole up front. What we still have to see and find out from the Rangers is how much more tearing down they are planning to do before they start building. It's possible that Hayes and Zibanejad could be part of that, in an effort to further tear down and give big roles to young players right away, or the Rangers might view those two as important players and mentors to Chytil and Andersson.