The Rangers have 13 games between tomorrow, when they resume action, and 2/26, which is the trade deadline.
In that stretch the Rangers play:
- Toronto, @Nashville
- @Dallas, Boston, Calgary
- @Winnipeg, @Minnesota, @Islanders, @Ottawa
- Philly, @Montreal, Minnesota
Of those teams, Toronto, Nashville, Dallas, Boston, Winnipeg, Minnesota and Philly are currently in playoff position.
Calgary & the Islanders are both one point out of a playoff spot.
Reports last week indicated that the Rangers were going to be sellers at the trade deadline regardless of their playoff position but Marc Staal said that if the Rangers play well and "win some games" maybe they could change some minds. (NY Post)
Staal added though that the Rangers do whatever they feel is necessary to put the best team on the ice and that their main "loyalty is in trying to win the Stanley Cup, and that's the way it should be." (NY Post)
He added that the only thing the Rangers can control is their performance and that "If we do our jobs, everything else will fall into place." (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: I think that in a perfect world the Rangers would still sell, so they can get some assets, but still battle for and possibly earn a playoff spot. This is only possible if a number of Rangers that have underwhelmed so far this season, Jimmy Vesey, Brendan Smith and JT Miller, start playing better, guys like Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich, who have been inconsistent, start producing consistently and, most of all, Henrik Lundqvist continues his terrific season. In that situation the Rangers would still likely be able to acquire assets but also continue to charge ahead towards because they are getting led by young players and Henrik. It's even possible that the Rangers sell, continue to be inconsistent but Henrik carries them to the playoffs pretty much on his own. The only situation where I think the Rangers may not sell off their UFAs is if the Rangers get healthy in the next three-weeks and major injuries befall other teams, thus creating a possible avenue for the Rangers to get back to the Stanley Cup final.