Should the New York Rangers file a waiver request for Ryan Dzingel?

November 20, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes left winger Ryan Dzingel (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Less than 24 hours after acquiring forward Ryan Dzingel from the Arizona Coyotes, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed him on waivers. If he clears, he will be sent to their AHL affiliate.

Dzingel, 29, can play any forward position and is on an expiring deal that hits the $1.1 million cap. He was center on the Coyotes’ third line, but is weak in the face-off spot, making him more of an option at the wing position.

With the New York Rangers needing scoring help, especially with Kaapo Kaako out for another three weeks, perhaps they should claim Dzingel.

Ryan Dzingel on Waivers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed forward Ryan Dzingel on waiversa day after acquiring it in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes.

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters Sunday that Dzingel will be assigned to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies if he clears waivers.

Toronto traded forward Nick Ritchie and a draft pick to the Coyotes on Saturday night in exchange for Dzingel and defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin.

Ryan Dzingel could help Rangers

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January 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Ryan Dzingel (10) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammates on the bench during the first period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dzingel has seven points (four goals, three assists) in 26 games for Arizona this season. He has 187 points (86 goals, 101 assists) and 191 penalty minutes in 398 games with the Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and Coyotes.

It would be worth claiming, even if it was only for a temporary fix until Kakko returns. Placing Dzingel on a line with Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin allows Gerard Gallant to drop Barclay Goodrow to improve his third line.

At its cap of just $1.1 million, that still gives the Rangers the flexibility to bury all but $100,000 in the minors if they want to spend up to the cap at the NHL’s trade deadline. His former teammate in Ottawa, Bobby Ryan certainly thinks he could be a big help.

“Imagine having Dzingel, in almost every team and deploying him to a minimum,” Ryan said. “I just don’t understand. Put him on your second line with a good cross and he gets you 15-25 for a million dollars?

I agree with him. Take a chance and file a claim. It won’t cost an asset and the reward far outweighs the risk.

-Field Level Media contributed to this report.

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