Three cheap free agent centers the Rangers could consider if cap space allows
There are still a lot of free agent centers the Rangers could add if cap space permits. That will not be known until both Ryan Strome and Brendan Lemieux sign on the dotted line.
Yesterday, we presented one option in the name of Derick Brassard. He is certainly one the Rangers could consider, but for the purpose of this article here are three more.
Three cheap free agent centers the Rangers could consider
Carl Soderberg, (35 years-old)
Last season Soderberg put up decent numbers for the Arizona Coyotes. The 6-3″ pivot notched 35 points in 70 games while averaging 15 minutes a game.
He could help the Rangers as a fourth line center. Soderberg can be tough in the defensive zone and add some more sandpaper to the lineup. His last deal was for $4.75M and he won’t see that again. A one year at $1M deal could make some sense for the Blueshirts.
Andreas Athanasiou: (26 years-old)
Here’s a bargain 26 year-old center the Oilers did not qualify. Athanasiou is a two-way player who scored 26 points in 55 games. He could maybe even step up to solidify the Rangers third line if needed.
Athanasiou plays with speed and at worst can play on the 4th line and at wing. Penalty killing can also use guys with wheels too.
Brian Boyle (35 years-old)
If we are talking about reunions, another player familiar with the pressures of playing in New York is Brian Boyle. He’s another center that would come in for one year at less than one million.
In 39 games for the Panthers last season he scored six goals and 15 points. Boyle would also be a vocal leader in the locker-room and help the 4th line and PK.