New York Rangers Players Most Likely to Be Traded in 2013-14

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIISeptember 30, 2013

New York Rangers Players Most Likely to Be Traded in 2013-14

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    The New York Rangers set their final roster on Sunday.

    However, it doesn't mean that it will be the final roster for the rest of the season. The Rangers often trade players during the season, most notably Marian Gaborik last season to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    As the Rangers adjust to Alain Vigneault, they will find that some players fit better than others.

    Accordingly, there are a few Rangers who are likely to be traded in the 2013-14 season.

    Read on to find out who they are. 

Darroll Powe

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    Darroll Powe was placed on waivers Sunday, meaning he did not make the final roster.

    If he clears waivers, he will be sent to Hartford of the AHL.

    It's a bit of a surprise that Powe didn't make the final roster. He had a fine camp and is an excellent penalty killer.

    That said, Jesper Fast, who made the final roster, is faster and has more offensive upside, and Arron Asham, who also made the final roster, has more toughness and grit to his game.

    Powe does have something to offer though in his defensive responsibility and fine special teams play. 

    A team in need of defense and veteran leadership, like the Edmonton Oilers, could benefit from Powe's play.

    The Rangers would mostly get a low draft pick for Powe. He does have a little over $1 million in cap space, per CapGeek, so getting that off the books will help too.

    Assuming Powe clears waivers, it would not be surprising to see him traded in the next few weeks.

Brian Boyle

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    Brian Boyle is a good player, an excellent penalty killer and a big body. 

    Despite that, he may be on the outside looking in.

    The Rangers are stacked at center, and a number of players, including Boyle, are probably going to have to move to the wing.

    Here are the centers on the roster:

    • Derek Stepan
    • Brad Richards
    • Derick Brassard
    • Dominic Moore
    • Brian Boyle
    • J.T. Miller

    Miller and Boyle, at least to start, are going to have to move to the wing. Boyle is better suited to play center, because it allows him to use his big body and long stick to break up plays in the defensive zone. He also excels in the faceoff circle.

    That said, J.T. Miller has a brighter long-term future in the organization and Boyle has struggled offensively in the last few years. After scoring 21 goals in the 2010-11 season, Boyle only scored 11 goals in 2011-12 and just two last season. 

    The Rangers may not have room for Boyle. Dominic Moore is a better all-around player, while also doing the same things on the ice that Boyle does, and the Rangers would rather give consistent playing time to Miller.

    The Rangers could probably get a mid-round pick for Boyle, or even a decent prospect.

    Boyle has a role to play in the NHL. It just may not be with the Rangers.

Taylor Pyatt

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    It's a bit of a surprise that Taylor Pyatt made the final roster.

    He didn't have a great camp, and he doesn't kill penalties.

    He is, however, a big body who excels along the wall. He had four points in the postseason and has the skill to play on the second line in a pinch.

    That said, the Rangers probably have better options in the minors. Guys like Danny Kristo, Marek Hrivik, Oscar Lindberg and Chris Kreider all have better offensive games and all are poised to play big roles in the organization going forward. 

    Like Boyle, there is a role for someone like Pyatt in the NHL, and the Rangers could probably get a mid-to-late round pick for him.

    If the Rangers want to get faster and younger, trading Pyatt might be the way to go.