So it’s three well-connected sources within the past three days who have told Slap Shots that when it comes to the Rangers and the trade deadline, “Everyone is asking for J.T. Miller.”
And you should know everyone is politely being told, “No, thank you.”
Of course, that could change by Wednesday at 3 p.m. … if, say, the Kings were to offer Drew Doughty or the Senators were to offer Erik Karlsson in exchange for the soon-to-be 24-year-old winger with the greatest multi-dimensional upside in the organization, or maybe if the … well, you get the idea.
Unless the price drops dramatically, the Blueshirts have no realistic shot at renting Kevin Shattenkirk, the one player on the auction block who would complete them more than any other and who instantly would elevate their chances of getting through the East.
The cap is no issue for general manager Jeff Gorton, who will have approximately $10 million of full-season space with which to work, but it is far more likely than not the Rangers will have to be content with improving on the margins rather than making a big splash over the next four days.
The Blueshirts have scouted the Kings extensively for weeks. L.A., seeking help up front, has a young righty defenseman in Paul LaDue (currently sidelined with an unidentified upper body injury) who could be a very nice fit moving forward, but does anyone envision Alain Vigneault sitting veteran Kevin Klein for the playoffs in order…