Being ranked 25th on the power play isn't good enough for coach John Tortorella, and judging from his pregame comments Thursday night, the Rangers could try to acquire some help before the April 3 trade deadline.
"I still need someone to take over the power play and run it,'' he said. "I still don't think that's really happened. I'm not sure if it ever will.''
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The San Jose Sharks could be a match. They have Dan Boyle, a defenseman who played for Tortorella with the Tampa Bay Lightning. All four of his goals in 29 games this season have come with the man advantage.
But Boyle, 36, carries a $6.7- million cap hit for the 2013-14 season, when the cap drops to $64.3 million. He also has a limited no-trade clause, and the Rangers would have to shed some major salary to swing a deal.
The Rangers declined to comment on the condition of president and general manager Glen Sather, who had prostate cancer surgery in New York Thursday morning. He was expected to be hospitalized for several days, which is normal procedure, sources said.
Taylor Pyatt, who has played most of the season on the third line, was sent to the fourth with Chris Kreider called up from Hartford. Pyatt doesn't have a point in 11 games, and his last goal was against Winnipeg on Feb. 26. "I haven't used him a lot, but I thought the third period against the Devils was his best 20 minutes of the season,'' Tortorella said. "We need some grind out of him. Maybe he'll chip in a goal.'' . . . Remove Andrej Sustr, a 6-8 Czech defenseman from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, from the Rangers' wish list. The free agent signed with Tampa Bay . . . Defensemen Stu Bickel and Matt Gilroy were healthy scratches.