The New York Rangers ended last season with the most points in the Eastern Conference and the No.1 seed in the playoffs. After taking out both Ottawa and Washington, the Rangers ran out of steam in the Conference Finals against New Jersey, bowing out in six games.
By: David Schwab
Stralman stays in New York
Defenseman Anton Stralman was signed by the
Rangers as a free agent at the start of last season and while his contributions
during the regular season were nothing out of the ordinary, his elevated play
during the postseason clearly highlighted his value to team. So much so that
New York has signed Stralman to contract extension that will keep him in
Rangers’ blue through next season. In 53 regular season games, the 25-year old
tallied two goals and 16 assists, however he really made his presence felt in
the playoffs with three goals and three assists in New York’s run to the
Eastern Conference Finals.
New York been
extremely busy this offseason in its efforts to add the missing pieces for
another run at the Stanley Cup next season and is currently Bovada’s
second-favorite behind Pittsburgh to win it all at 9/1.
Nash A Ranger
By: David Schwab
Nash finally a Ranger
February of this year, New York has been trying to find a way to add five-time
All-Star forward Rick Nash to its roster to provide a much needed boost to its
overall offensive production. This past Monday all the pieces finally fell into
place in a five-player trade for Columbus’s former captain.
sent forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov and defenseman Tim Erixon to
the Blue Jackets along with their first-round pick in next year’s draft for
Nash, defenseman Steven Delisle, and a conditional third-round pick. Nash
scored 30 goals and added 29 assists for Columbus last season, but the Rangers
are hoping that the 28-year old can match his 40-goal and 79-point total from
the 2008-2009 season. This move clearly goes a long way towards closing the gap
with Pittsburgh in the race to next season’s Stanley Cup Finals.
New York acquires Halpren from
pulling off the blockbuster trade for Nash, the Rangers decided to bolster
their lineup by signing veteran free-agent forward Jeff Halpren, who spent the
last season with Washington but has been well-traveled in his 12-year NHL
career. Halpren recorded four goals and 12 assists in 69 games last year, but
his finest season in the league was during his first stint with the Capitals in
2003/2004 when he scored 19 goals and 27 assists.
In a few
other free-agent signing this offseason, New York came to terms with former
Pittsburgh forward Arron Ashman. The 34-year old veteran scored five goals and
added 11 assists in 64 games with the Penguins last season. He has made his way
around the Atlantic Division with previous stints with Philadelphia, New
Jersey, the New York Islanders, and most recently Pittsburgh.
The Rangers also signed free-agent forward
Taylor Pratt, who played for Phoenix for the last three seasons after spending
three seasons in Vancouver. Pratt tallied 19 points for the Coyotes in
2011/2012, but his best two seasons in the NHL were from 2006 to 2008 when he
posted 74 points for the Canucks