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Report: Rangers eye Devils’ Fayne in case Stralman leaves

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 29: Mark Fayne #7 of the New Jersey Devils plays the puck against the New York Islanders during the game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 29, 2014, in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by A Marlin/Getty Images)

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If the New York Post’s Larry Brooks is correct, the New York Rangers would make the most of possibly losing free agents by snatching players from their hated rivals the New Jersey Devils in the same open market.

Brooks tabs two possible replacement scenarios: replacing Anton Stralman with Mark Fayne on defense and/or Brian Boyle with Ryan Carter.

Fayne, 27, compares fairly favorably to Stralman (also 27) when you place their “fancy stats” side-by-side. Their scoring stats are similar in being minimal, but the defensive comparison is most relevant.

The Carter - Boyle breakdown probably amounts to the former being arguably more reliable while the latter might have a higher “ceiling.” (Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments on that matter, though.)

Rangers GM Glen Sather said he wants his free agents to value winning over money, but if they follow the dollars away from Madison Square Garden, it sounds like he has a decent idea regarding which players might fill their shoes.

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