With the offseason for the New York Rangers unfortunately getting a premature start, it is time to identify how the Rangers should proceed moving forward. The Rangers’ most glaring flaw is their defense. The right side in particular, needs serious reconsideration before next season. In an effort to improve their weaknesses, it is imperative that the Rangers re-sign Brendan Smith – who the Rangers acquired at the trade deadline from the Detroit Red Wings.
In exchange for Smith, the Rangers sent their 2017 third-round draft pick and the Ottawa Senators’ 2018 second-round pick (that was acquired when trading for Mika Zibanejad) to Detroit.