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February 8, 2017 | 2:58pm ET
King Henrik needs help
TheFourthPeriod.com

If Tuesday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks was not a statement of how bad the New York Rangers' defense is, I don't know what is.

While the Rangers beat Anaheim 4-1, Lundqvist stopped 43 shots while Anaheim's John Gibson saw a total of 20 shots.

Rangers star goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been hung out to dry more than a few times this season and the team's blueline needs a bonafide defenseman to help him out.

According to Elliotte Friedman’s “30 Thoughts” on Sportsnet.

"Matt Hunwick was scratched last week by Toronto, I wondered if there was a fit," pondered Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman in his latest '30 Thoughts' column. "He played there and he's a popular teammate. But I'm not sure that's a match. New York is looking for right-handed shooters, which Hunwick is not."

Yet another team who is seeking a right-handed shooter. It seems like Anaheim's plethora of young defensemen could be of benefit to multiple teams around the NHL.

If Lundqvist is going to ever win a cup, he needs major help in front of him.

Sami Vatanen, Josh Manson and Brandon Montour are all right-handed shooters that could be an addition to the Rangers blueline.

New York Post beat reporter Larry Brooks reported on Wednesday the Rangers should not overpay for a defenseman like St. Louis Blues blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk.

Anaheim is a budget team and when it comes to New York's Roster, there is not a whole lot the Ducks need. It could be in the realm of possibility to see one of these guys pack their bags for a draft pick, if the Rangers are willing to cough one or two up for a non-rental player.

TFP Columnist and Anaheim Correspondent Hannah Spraker contributed to this report.

 
 
 

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