The NHL trade deadline came and went without a big splash from the Rangers. Rick Nash remains in Columbus and the Rangers’ roster remains intact. This is good news for the Rangers.  They keep their current chemistry and hopefully stay on their current roll.

The Rangers did make moves at the deadline, but they were by no means blockbusters. The Rangers received defenseman Mike Vernace and a 3rd-round pick from the Florida Panthers for Wojtek Wolski (who was seldom in the lineup this season) and defenseman John Scott was brought in from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 5th-round pick.

Vernace is a career minor-leaguer and will not see time on the Rangers roster, but Scott, at 6’8″ and 270lbs., may be used as an enforcer/fighter/goon come playoff time.

Neither addition solves the Rangers’ goal-scoring and power play issues, but passing on Nash means the Rangers are confident that their defense and goaltending can carry them through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In last night’s 2-0 victory over the rival New Jersey Devils, the Rangers defense held the Devils to only 13 shots on goal and Henrik Lundqvist recorded his league-leading 8th shutout of the season. If they can sustain this level of defensive play the Rangers are more than capable of winning the Cup this season. No need for Nash.