Alain Vigneault said that it's a "definite" possibility that the Rangers acquire a third-line center prior to the start of the season. (NHL.com)
Vigneault said that "it could be in the cards." (NHL.com)
He has previously said that he would like to keep JT Miller on the wing and that could leave David Desharnais, Lias Andersson and Boo Nieves competing for a spots at center.
Desharnais has said that he believes his best role is on the third line.
There has been speculation that the Rangers could look to trade Nick Holden to acquire a center.
Adam Rotter: Trading Holden for a center is what makes the most sense but I think that a move like that would occur at the end of training camp/right before the preseason. At that time teams may be dealing with injuries and or willing to move center players in trade they don't want to lose on waivers for nothing.
Ultimately though I think the Rangers are going to head into the season with the group they have and see how things play out. Desharnais is capable of being a bottom-six center and Boo Nieves and/or Lias Andersson are likely capable of holding down the fourth line. Injuries could change things, as could a potential move of JT Miller to center, but just because the Rangers enter the season one way doesn't mean it will stay that way.