New York Rangers
We’ll start with the team that just might make the most sense in the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts went out and acquired Sammy Blais over the summer to skate as a top-six right wing. He tore his ACL back in mid-November, though, and the team has been looking for a forward ever since then.
TSN.ca reported that New York was looking for a “middle six” option all the way back on Nov. 19, and those whispers have steadily grown into loud chants as the season has progressed. New York is a near-lock to make the playoffs according to MoneyPuck.com, and is in the market for a rental.
That’s exactly what Domi is, and he’d immediately fit in on their second line. Dryden Hunt is playing alongside Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin after Kaapo Kakko was injured. He’ll be out at least another month according to Larry Brooks of The New York Post, perhaps increasing the temperature on Rangers general manager Chris Drury to get something done now.
It’s very likely that New York will look to add a right wing ahead of the deadline, so the Blue Jackets should be actively engaging them in discussions involving Domi. The Rangers have an extra second-round pick in the 2022 draft; perhaps that would be a solid starting point for the two clubs as they worked towards a potential deal.