The New York Rangers have made no secret that they are still looking to improve their defense in the absence of Marc Staal from the lineup. Having already picked up Jeff Woywitka on waivers and made a contract offer to free agent Anton Stralman, the Rangers are checking out all avenues of bringing in more options. According to Pierre Lebrun over at ESPN the Rangers have looked into the trade market as well calling the Toronto to check on the availability of some players.
There is really nothing to see here other than GM Glen Sather doing exactly what he is supposed to do in doing his due diligence around the league. Before people start freaking out over who might get traded to acquire someone from Toronto remember that this is routine. If defense was the topic of conversation the Rangers have no room for contracts like Komisarek, Liles or Phaneuf on the roster. Burke is not going to trade Luke Schenn without getting a steep return either. Burke has been said to be trying to unload Cody Franson after acquiring him this summer but that is not an upgrade over what the Rangers already have.