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Since the Rangers traded away Derek Stepan and lost Oscar Lindberg to expansion, it was clear GM, Jeff Gorton was going to have to address this via free agency or trade. Read more
As reported by both TSN, and Larry Brooks it looks like Nick Holden may be the odd man out when it comes to the log jam on the Rangers blueline this upcoming season, which should be no surprise to many. Read more
When the list of free agents came out at the end of the NHL season, one name that was thought to be a good fit for the Blueshirts was Joe Thornton. Jumbo Joe would have been perfect for what the Rangers needed: a center with plenty of leadership, is good in the faceoff circle, plays a 200-foot game and will put up points.
On June 23, 2017, the Rangers traded center Derek Stepan and goalie Anti Raanta to Arizona for the Coyotes first round pick (pick#7) and enigma defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. The New Jersey native has put up eye-popping numbers in his AHL career, so there should no questioning his offensive abilities. He is right-handed, shoots the puck very well, has exceptional hands and is a fantastic skater. DeAngelo is your classic offensive defenseman.
Klein Heading for Retirement?
A few weeks ago, Larry Brooks broke the news that Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein was leaning toward retirement. Klein went from being one of the more dependable Rangers defensemen to a nightmare in his own zone. He has been bugged by back issues that may have contributed to his decline and will be in the last year of his contract next season.
Today, New York Rangers signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a 4 year deal. This move was a long time coming, it’s a major upgrade for the Rangers blueline, as well as the power play. With Ranger’s buying out recently signed Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi, and possibility of Kevin Klein retiring. They still have some extras on the blueline this upcoming season, so you may see a trade over the next few days.
Over the last week or so, Rangers center Derek Stepan’s name has come up prominently in trade rumors, which have been confirmed by many of the most clued in hockey insiders. Then, six days ago, Rangers insider Larry Brooks sent out this tweet: