The summer of 2017 will be remembered as one of massive change for the Rangers and their fans. The buyout of Dan Girardi, the trade of Derek Stepan and Anti Raanta, the loss of Oscar Lindberg in the expansion draft were some of the biggest moves. There were additions. Anthony DeAngelo came via trade, while the Blueshirts signed free agents Kevin Shattenkirk, David Desharnais, and Ondrej Pavelec. But, there is still a gaping hole in the middle. They are short one center, and really lack depth at that position more than any other, organizationally. And that is surely a factor in why the Rangers selected 2 centers in the first round of the draft. Read more
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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.
It’s been reported that the New York Rangers seem to be very interested in signing Connecticut native Nick Bonino. He will be a free agent for the first time since signing with the Ducks in 2013. Since his last contract of $5.7 million over 3 years, he has built quite a resume for himself. Mainly, the playoff runs with the back to back Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
New York Rangers are only a few days away from July 1st when free agency opens. Now they will have to have some serious discussion over the next few days, as to how they will fill the holes in the lineup. These are the holes left by trading Derek Stepan, Antti Raanta, and the buyout of Dan Girardi. Sometimes a team’s best and worst off season signings are the ones they make “In-House”.
Since the end of the Rangers’ short-lived post season stint, all speculation has pointed to a blockbuster trade to reshape the team for the 2017 season.
As fans head to the beach, NHL General Managers will hit the phones this Friday as free agency opens up July 1st.