Following the Rangers second pick on Friday, Bob McKenzie said on NBCSN that the Rangers were trying to "rebuild on the fly."
Minutes later, Jeff Gorton spoke with NBCSN and said "we need to move forward, a little rebuild on the fly and change the look of our team."
Gorton said that the moves the Rangers made earlier in the day were "tough" but said that they hope it's a step in the right direction.
Pierre McGuire spoke about the Rangers and said that the team has "major questions" to answer and said that they need Mika Zibanejad to have a "gigantic year" next season. (NBCSN)
McKenzie then said that while the Rangers have a hole at center after trading Derek Stepan, there is a need to get younger, free up cap space and find a way to "filter in some real good young players."
While speaking about the Rangers picks in the first round, Craig Button said that he thinks both Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil are close to playing in the NHL.
Larry Brooks writes that it would be a mistake for the Rangers to enter into long-term deals with Kevin Shattenkirk and/or Alex Radulov after the Rangers just got out of salary cap issues. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: So the question that has to be answered is how the Rangers rebuild on the fly impacts their desire to win with Henrik Lundqvist. Losing Derek Stepan down the middle is certainly a hole the Rangers will have to fill, but they will return a pretty deep and youngish group of forwards that could take another step this season with a more experienced Jimmy Vesey.
As Gorton said last night, the defense is still a work in progress but it's hard to see how they won't be better and more mobile just by moving on from Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein. I'd imagine Brendan Smith will be back, Anthony DeAngelo is a smooth skating offensive defenseman and then who knows what else. As of right now I would expect the Rangers to be in the same situation they were this year and likely in that first Wild Card spot for the playoffs but there is still a lot of time left in the offseason for other moves to be made.