With Matt Hunwick playing fantastic hockey, defenseman John Moore has been forced to sit in the press box. Last year, Moore was a major force in our push to the Stanley Cup and has been a valuable signing from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Moore has only played in twenty eight games this season and has seemed to have lost favor with the head coach. Analysts have welcomed his name to the trade rumor mill.
In his career so far as a New York Ranger, Moore has played in 115 games, and has five goals and twenty five points. When he plays on a nightly basis, Moore was a factor on the ice, especially when he saw power play time. His offensive game has shown similar signs of the way captain Ryan McDonagh plays.
However, this season has been a different story. Despite being the starting sixth defenseman, he has seen his spot taken by Matt Hunwick, who signed as a free agent during the offseason, leading to Moore either seeing very little playing time or being regarded as a healthy scratch by Head Coach Alain Vigneault.
Thursday night’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens saw John Moore playing in his first game since January 13 against the New York Islanders. Maybe now the Rangers are inserting Moore into the lineup to see if any teams show interest.
If John Moore is going to be put on the trading block, multiple teams will come calling. At only twenty four years old, the kid has a lot of experience, especially with a trip to the Finals last season. He will instantly improve any blueline he joins if he were to be traded.
Moore, 24, signed a one-year deal before training camp started, and is only making $850,500. The Rangers can use to to bargain for a veteran blue liner to pair up with Kevin Klein, or Dan Boyle on a third line pairing, or even a veteran center in a package deal.
Moore has a lot of potential, but his time may be running out in New York. Hunwick, a former player for the Colorado Avalanche, has been playing better defensively and has impressed the coaches with his ability to read plays and even jump in on the rush to try and help the offense.
If Glen Sather is smart, he would hold out a little longer and see if any teams are interested. He would not want to give away a talented blue liner for a rental player.