Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 11/3/14
(Photo: Scott Levy) The Rangers have a depth problem. That was very evident in the series against the Bruins, and was exacerbated by the fact that Brad Richards wound up as a healthy scratch. With a Richards buyout imminent, the Rangers are left with a thin lineup down the middle in Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Brian Boyle, and Darroll Powe. Stepan is clearly entrenched as the #1 center going forward, and it appears that Brassard is better off as the #3 (Boyle as the #4, Powe to wing). The gap here, which solves the depth issue, is a #2 center that is capable of igniting the secondary scoring. The list of UFA centers this year is very thin, with only a few names standing out as even potential candidates to fill the position from the outside. Mike Ribiero is someone who was linked to the Rangers before the Caps went on their run to win the Southeast Division, and he is still a candidate to fill the #2 center hole. Ribiero averages roughly 60 points per season, which is what is expe...
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