After suffering a surprise exit in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals at the hands of the New Jersey Devils, the New York Rangers knew they needed to work out some kinks during the offseason. So far, the Blueshirts have placed an emphasis on getting tougher on the ice as they continue to retool the roster.
New York did lose Brandon Prust, who was one of their enforcers at different times. But they went out and signed a pair or rough and tough forwards in Arron Asham and Michael Haley to go along with physical defenseman Stu Bickel. Those moves came on the first day of the free agency period, but the Rangers were not done yet.
The Rangers added more size and toughness by signing free agent forward Taylor Pyatt on Tuesday to a two year contract. He will not bring a ton of scoring to the team’s slightly anemic offense, but he will make them tougher and more physical, which is another aspect in which the Rangers needed to focus going forward.
But New York is likely still going to make a few moves over the next few weeks. They may be out of the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter running, but New York is still reportedly kicking the tires on Rick Nash. They would be foolish to part with what the Columbus Blue Jackets are asking for in return for Nash, but if they lower their asking price, he could still be a good fit.
Then again, the Rangers could opt to not part with any of their top young players, such as Chris Kreider, Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Callaghan or others to make a trade for Nash or Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks. New York could turn its’ attention to signing free agents such as Shane Doan or Alexander Semin to bolster the goal scoring efforts next season.
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