The New York Rangers have had a pretty busy off season thus far. They are still talking or working on a deal for a goal scorer. It depends on who you talk too if you think they can or will get Rick Nash or someone else. The Rangers had a problem scoring goals and it did come back to bite them in the playoffs. They did get to a game six of the Eastern Conference finals but they would like a goal scorer that could push them over the top. The Rangers real weakness was the power play. If they could improve that and score more goals that way they will be tough to beat. The Rangers have a very good young team that will be around for a while.
The Rangers signed veteran Jeff Halpern on Tuesday. He played with the Washington Capitals last season. Halpern is 36 years old, he is a solid two way center whose strength is faceoffs. He is a 12 year veteran. The Rangers had already signed Arron Asham, Taylor Pyatt and Michael Haley. The Rangers on Wednesday signed Brandon Segal. He will be 29 on Thursday. He helped the Norfolk Admirals capture the AHL’s Calder Cup last season. He has played in 102 NHL games. The Rangers also recently signed Kyle Jean, he is a 6-4 talent from Lake Superior State.
I don’t know if this is a plan but either the Rangers are bulking up their depth or looking to trade. I still think there is probably a decent chance of them landing Nash this off season. They tried to get him at the trade deadline but the price was too steep. I don’t know if the price has come down at all but the Rangers don’t have to be desperate right now. They could definitely use a scorer and I think eventually something like this will happen.
The Rangers came within two wins of the Stanley Cup Finals. They are a very young team that is going to be a force to be reckoned with. I think the Rangers can win now and they proved that in the playoffs although they didn’t play their best especially against the New Jersey Devils. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the summer goes before they get ready for training camp.