Given the various Ranger injuries, and the veteran presence Jamie Langenbrunner would have provided I think the Rangers should have gone after him. Now, whether the veteran Devil would have waived his no trade clause to go to the Rangers is another thing. It’s even less likely that the Devils would have dealt their captain to their Arch Rivals and superior division opponents now or ever. However, Langenbrunner – or someone similar – would be an ideal addition once the Rangers look like locking up a playoff spot. Adding a veteran presence, a player that has playoff pedigree and one that doesn’t cost a ton (don’t forget Langenbrunner’s $2.8m salary is prorated) would be a great addition to the Blueshirts and one that would help them win a few rounds.
Would you be willing to give up a conditional third if it meant a deep playoff run? I know the Rangers have drafted well in the middle rounds in recent years but if you could do that deal I think you do it without question. Langenbrunner’s move and the recent move of Marco Sturm to LA, means less options at the deadline and may affect or set the price for other players as teams jostle for veteran help. The Rangers should be looking to add a veteran, not at the expense of the good prospects the organisation have, nor a high draft pick, but a draft pick or expendable pieces should be moved for additional help. Hopefully the Rangers are in a position in a month’s time to add a player for a playoff run. Hopefully a player with the experience and at the cost of Jamie Langenbrunner.