Breaking Down The New York Rangers Moves (So Far)
After an up and down season and a quick exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs the Rangers are looking to "retool" their roster in order to stay competitive for the cup. Lundqvist is 34 years old and isn't getting any younger so his chance for a cup is definitely closing, if not totally closed already.
GM Jeff Gorton said that no player is safe including Rangers captain Ryan Mcdonagh, so Gorton is willing to hear what offers they have to on any player. As the draft rolled around last friday, I expected the Rangers to make some pretty big trades with players like Rick Nash and Derek Stepan being the main targets. The draft came and went, and we still see those guys on the roster.
They were also looking to make a big push for Steven Stamkos, but he ended up resigning in Tampa. So, what do the Rangers need? Well, just about players in every position wouldn't hurt. But they started off with the bottom six forwards.
The Rangers signed the speedy Michael Grabner on a two year, 1.65 million AAV. A very solid signing at a cheap price. Grabner was a one time 34 goal scorer back with the Islanders. He is a menace on the penalty kill and his speed is unmatchable. Overall, a solid depth signing.
They also signed Nathan Gerbe for 600,000 dollars. Gerbe was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2007-08 while playing for Boston College. Gerbe is also two time 16 goal scorer with the Canes and the Sabres and this is a low risk, high reward type of a scenario. Coming in at 5'5, Gerbe obviously doesn't intimidate any opponent. He has a deceptive shot and is full of speed, and another good penalty killer for a penalty kill that was ranked 26th in the league last season.
So far, decent signings hoping they can get a top six forward and another solid defenseman before the season starts in October.