Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are expected to sell at the trade deadline to "refresh and replenish" the organization. (NY Post)
He said that this is the plan regardless of where the Rangers are in relation to a playoff spot. (NY Post)
Brooks said that the Rangers objective is to add draft picks as well as "young NHL or NHL-ready players" in an attempt to become Stanley Cup contenders in the future. (NY Post)
He adds, "management recognizes that stagnation is not the way to go. If a playoff berth is the cost of taking a step back in order to take two forward, so be it." (NY Post)
It was reported earlier this week that the Rangers were leaning towards being sellers.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers have been trying to rebuild, retool and get younger on the fly for the last couple of seasons. They have rightly broken up the core that took them to the Stanley Cup Final and within one period of going back to it. They have tried to play both sides, getting younger but still signing free agents, in an effort to stay competitive and give Henrik Lundqvist every shot possible to make a run at the Stanley Cup. This year's team, on paper, should be capable of making a run but in reality, along with the injuries and defensive issues, this is a borderline playoff team that probably has to move on and head in another direction.
Whether it be at the deadline with Rick Nash and Michael Grabner and/or at the draft with Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello, the Rangers do have an opportunity to not only set the team in a new direction with new leaders but to build upon what looks to be a foundation based around Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson, Mika Zibanejad, Brady Skjei and hopefully Pavel Buchnevich, Jimmy Vesey and Anthony DeAngelo.
This would be a radical change to how the Rangers have done business the last number of years but would hopefully lead to better long-term success down the line. The interesting thing will be whether the Rangers are still able to make a run at the playoffs after selling or if they will fall down the standings and potentially get a better shot at Rasmus Dahlin or a top-three pick.