With over 10 free agents to re-sign, the New York Rangers were ready to make some sacrifices and let some go. While Benoit Pouliot signed with the Edmonton Oilers and the Rangers brought in defenseman Dan Boyle, New York brought back their first free agent in Dominic Moore.
Moore, this year’s recipient of the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy, deserves to stay with the Rangers. He started his career in the Big Apple after being drafted out of Harvard, and it’s only fitting he ends it there too. His commitment to the team and ability to fight through adversity while inspiring others helped the Rangers reach peaks they haven’t seen in two decades.
The signing also helps with the lack of center depth. After the Rangers bought out Brad Richards and are expected to let Brian Boyle walk, the team is lacking a man who can take face-offs. Glen Sather is saying that J.T. Miller will take a center role on one of the four lines, but Moore, right now especially, is the more important asset. Moore was very good this year with winning face-offs and setting up power play goals. He even scored when he was called upon in key moments.
The past 18 months have been tough for the NHL journeyman, but he’s finally in a place where he can find stability. Moore’s story of coming back after losing his wife and still not losing a step is an inspiration to not only the Rangers, but players around the world. I’m sure the Rangers and their fans are more than happy to keep Moore for another few years.