March 1st has come and gone and the Rangers made three trades, only one of which will impact the NHL squad. After all of the speculation, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Larry Brooks scaring the fan base into thinking that Steve Ott was on his way to NY, the Rangers were fairly quiet. The big splashes of years past did not surface this year under Jeff Gorton. Let's dive into the trades the Rangers made. Receives: 2017 3rd Round Pick ( ) and 2018 2nd Round Pick ( ) Receives: D Brendan Smith Receives: D Mat Bodie Receives: F Dan Catenacci Receives: F Justin Fontaine Receives: F Taylor Beck Analysis: The Brendan Smith trade is the main move, so I will start there (no reason for you to read the AHL trades if you don't want to). My first impression of this trade is "Good". Brendan Smith immediately becomes better than at least 3 of the Rangers defensemen (Staal, Girardi, and Klein). I have not seen him play that much, but from what I can gather, he is a great shot suppressor with decent skating ability and can make a good first pass. With all of the draft picks traded in the past, I am not thrilled about giving up a 2nd round pick, but they did have two in next years draft. When I received news of this trade I was like, "Great! One of Holden or Klein will be traded." This gives me hope, but also kind of confuses me. Once all are healthy, the Rangers will have 8 defensemen on the roster. I don't understand why Jeff Gorton is comfortable with having Klein as the 7th defender. D-men were going for a premium at the deadline and Klein could have brought back a pretty penny. Maybe it is in hope that Klein is claimed in the expansion draft, but I guess we will never know. Lastly, this almost certainly spells the end for Adam Clendening in New York which is such a shame because him and Skjei have made a solid pair on the back end. Now onto the two minor league deals. Bodie is a 26-year-old defender in his third professional season. He is a solid puck moving defender with limited potential. On a bad team he would probably be a 7th defender with offensive capabilities. He did captain the WolfPack this past season. The reason he was traded, however, was because he asked for one. He felt that he needed a fresh start. The Rangers receive 23-year-old Daniel Catenacci. Smaller player that will almost certainly spend the rest of the season in Hartford. I doubt he is resigned at the end of the year. The only trade made by the Rangers on deadline day was a minor-league forward swap with the Edmonton Oilers. I love this trade, for as much as you can "love" a minor league trade. The Rangers signed Fontaine over the summer expecting him to be that offensive dynamo in Hartford. His stay could be described as lukewarm. The 29-year-old forward put up 30 points in 50 games on a team with possibly the worst offense in the league. The Rangers acquire a younger forward who has 50 points in 40 games with the Bakersfield Condors. I would love to see Beck placed on a line with Adam Tambellini to see if the two would hit it off. Beck is a reliable AHL scorer (215 points in 283 games) who could maybe give the WolfPack a sign of life offensively. If I were to give the Rangers a grade for the deadline, I would give them a B-. There acquisition of a positive possession player is promising, but the unwillingness to part with one of Klein or Holden and recoup assets was not the smartest move, in my opinion.