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Rangers Likely to Target Nick Ritchie, Jujhar Khaira, Martin Jones in Free Agency


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Nick Ritchie, W: The prospect of adding the 25-year-old marauding winger out of Boston, who comes close to playing literal smashmouth hockey, should have the Blueshirts’ hierarchy salivating. Imagine the prospect of a third line featuring Ritchie, Danault and Goodrow? There is the matter of cost, of course — if it escalates much beyond $3 million, can the Rangers support that going forward? There is the matter of clearing lineup space for him, but then again, that’s what Ritchie does, correct? Clear space?


Jujhar Khaira, C: The Rangers have long fancied this 26-year-old, 6-4, 212-pound center who was not qualified by the Oilers, but the club seems to be set in the middle of the fourth line with Kevin Rooney. Still, a possibility.


Martin Jones, G: The Blueshirts are seeking to trade Alex Georgiev, whose $2.425 million cap hit is a bit pricey for a backup and who has asked the team to send him somewhere where he might compete for the No. 1 job — though apparently there has been no “official” trade demand. With that in mind, the Rangers could jump on the 31-year-old Jones, bought out by the Sharks after three straight miserable seasons, and turn him over to the Wizard, Benoit Allaire, for a makeover.



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I've liked Khaira forever. Not much offense there, but plays heavy and is very smart.


They have enough vanilla up the middle. They need someone that embraces the opposite, not one that embraces getting beat down by the opposite



(To be clear, this is not in support of khaira)

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Is Allaire also a shrink on the side? He might need to be if he has any chance of getting Jones to return to form.


I'm all in on Khaira too. He'll come cheap and is a heavy 4th liner who can handle top PK duties. Vanilla isn't a word that that accurately describes him. He's just not the cheapshot artist that Ritchie can be.

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