Dec 17, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes left wing Taylor Pyatt (14) and New York Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger (44) battle for position in front of goalie Martin Biron (43) during the first period at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

New York Rangers And Atlantic Division Free Agency Movement

While New York Rangers Nation celebrates the arrival of Taylor Pyatt (the 5th NHLer to have the distinction of all three NY teams) and his hard grinding ways, as everyone should be, I’m busy wondering what other teams are up to during this Free Agency madness.

  •  The Minnesota Wild have finally finished the #PariseWatch and #SuterWatch by signing them both to matching 13 year, $98 million contracts.  It took 4 days into the Free Agency, over a dozen rumors, and at least 4 fake “source” Twitter accounts to come up with this deal.  The Rangers could have benefited from either one of these players, but let’s be honest.  Which defensive pairing would be disrupted by the Suter?  Minor problem in the grand scheme of things, but something to think about if you’re at all envious of the Wild.  I much rather have Dan Girardi and Michael Del Zotto than Suter.
  • The Dallas Stars won #JagrWatch, much to my enjoyment, and managed to sign him to a one year contract for $4.25 million.  Jaromir Jagr joins the Stars as a 40 year old right winger, with 73 games played last season that got him 19 goals and 35 assists.  Not his former stats, but still, you can’t scoff at the production he has at 40 years old.  And the fact that he still has the desire to play heading into his 41st year.  Best thing about all of this?  He’s a Dallas Star, this means very very few games I will have to sit through with him in it.
  • Matt Carle signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning for 6 years after spending 4 years with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Not exactly a blockbuster deal, but it is another player the Flyers are losing this off season.  As James Wrabel pointed out:

As each day of NHL free agency goes by, the Rangers get better by other teams in the Atlantic div. losing players. #illtakeit

  • Al Montoya signed with the Winnipeg Jets, bringing the New York Islanders goaltending to just Rick DiPietro and Evgeni Nabokov.  I can’t help but giggle at the goalie situation for the Islanders.  They seem to strike out every time they try to fix that problem.  Whether it’s a curse, bad ice, or just poor scouting, the Islanders can’t seem to catch a break.

Some of the big names still floating around looking for a contract?

In addition to these names, the Columbus Blue Jackets are looking for a team to deal Rick Nash to and the Vancouver Canucks are working to find a place for Roberto Luongo.

Will the New York Rangers join the Free Agency frenzy again or will they bide their time?  Only time will tell!

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Tags: Free Agency Jaromir Jagr New York Rangers Rick Nash Roberto Luongo Ryan Suter Taylor Pyatt Zach Parise

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