New York Rangers Rumors: Forward Becoming Free-Agent Target

The New York Rangers are ready to make some changes to their group after a disappointing finish to their season. One area that they are specifically looking to improve is their bottom six, and Nick Bjugstad is a pending free agent who is on their radar because of it.

Bjugstad would be a nice addition to the Rangers' bottom six, as he can play both center and right wing. Furthermore, his effective defensive play would make him an option to be utilized on their penalty kill. He also has been praised for his excellent net-front presence ability, so that would open the door for him to receive time on their second power-play unit.

The Edmonton Oilers would likely love to keep Bjugstad around, but their limited cap space will make that difficult. In 78 games this season, the 6-foot-6 forward had 17 goals, 29 points, 168 hits, and a plus-13 rating. After a year like this, there will be several teams interested in him, so the Rangers will have competition.

We will need to wait and see what happens with Bjugstad from here, but look for the Blueshirts to be in the mix.

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