The New York Rangers fans have already dealt with the emotions of now rooting for Jonathan Quick a long-time villain and may find themselves embracing a new one. Adam Henrique ended the Rangers season in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012 yet, he may be the fix for the Rangers this season. As the March 8th trade deadline approaches the Ducks Center may be one of the many targets for Chris Drury as the Blueshirts prepare for another playoff run.
The Rangers have an issue at the center position with Filip Chytil out for the remainder of the season with concussion symptoms lingering. One of the top trade targets came off of the board for the Rangers with Elias Lindholm heading to the Canucks.
It's been reported that Chris Drury doesn't want to part with any of his top draft picks or trade any of the team's blue-chip prospects like Gabe Perreault. Henrique may be a cost-controlled asset worth acquiring for the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. In 49 games this season Henrique has scored 15 goals with 18 assists.
Adding Henrique would give the Rangers a clear third-line center while pushing Johnny Brodzinski to the fourth line with better defenders like Kaapo Kakko and Barclay Goodrow with that line becoming an end-of-game shutdown line in the final minutes of close games. Henrique would likely cost the Rangers at most a second-round pick maybe a second-round pick with first-round possibilities like we've seen Chris Drury use in the past.
Centering Henrique between Will Cuylle and Kaapo Kakko or Blake Wheeler if the Rangers also add a first-line winger would create a scoring threat in the third line. The Rangers center bets haven't paid off with the release of Nick Bonino and the injury developments of Filip Chytil. The move for Henrique would allow the Rangers to hold onto Brennan Othmann and Gabe Perreault for a bigger move or until they're ready for the NHL.
The center market is thin at the deadline with the other names in the conversation including Lindholm before his trade and Sean Monahan from the Canadiens. Montreal however may not be willing to jump on a trade with the Rangers with the former Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton at the helm.
New York Rangers: Is it worth it to make a move for a Center
The biggest question regarding the trade market this deadline is how worth it it will be to add a center.
The Flames got an absolute haul for Elias Lindholm only raising the overall price on the trade market at the position. There's also an abundance of high-scoring wings on the trade market meaning it's easier to add a wing without mortgaging your future.
The question will become whether the Rangers are that much better with an Adam Henrique or with a Vladimir Tarasenko?
Tarasenko or another right-wing would help solve the issues the top line is dealing with in scoring 5v5 goals. A center really just provides insurance to the top two centers while also raising the upside of the third line.