Rangers must shore up defense
The Rangers have depth on defense, including Steve Eminger, sidelined with a separated shoulder, and Jeff Woywitka, who presumably would play tomorrow night if McDonagh can’t go against the Jets at the Garden.
So the charge for Sather is not to find just any defenseman, but one Tortorella will trust for major minutes down the stretch.
The Rangers have always liked the Hurricanes’ Tim Gleason, but there’s a question whether he skates well enough for this coach. Sheldon Souray is an interesting proposition, given his ability to bomb away from the power play point, but there’s the question there too regarding his ability to defend, though he is plus-eight averaging 20:29 for the Stars. The rental cost for either is unknown at the moment. And if the Predators indeed make Ryan Suter available, it won’t be for weeks.
It isn’t going to be remotely easy for Sather to come up with a guy for the right price who fits all the requirements, but that’s the assignment the GM must complete, and sooner rather than later.