OffSeason Grades: New York Rangers

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New York Rangers Offseason Free Agent Acquisitions include Mats Zuccarello

New York Rangers RFA right wing Mats Zuccarello
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Grades for the New York Rangers offseason free agent arrivals

Defense- Anton Stralman left this offseason and as a right-handed shot, a need for the New York Rangers. Glen Sather grabbed Dan Boyle as his replacement and may have given up some skating ability for some offensive flare. He really saved face with that acquisition in my opinion. Mike Kostka and Matt Hunwick will likely be the seventh and eight defenseman.  Grade A-

Left Wing- The New York Rangers have been deep on the left side for a few years now. There’s not really much to grade here except if they finally decide to move lefty Rick Nash to his strong side on the left-wing so his forehand is facing the boards. Chris Kreider is back in the fold and should improve with a full season under his belt. Mats Zuccarello played on his off-wing due to the lack of right-handed depth The right-handed shots acquired will allow the Rangers better playmakers to play on the side they belong on. Tanner Glass was signed to bring some size and jam to the fourth line. Grade B+

Centerman- The only blemish in Glen Sather’s offseason moves so far has been an upgrade at center. Derick Brassard is a great third line center but he might play second center out of necessity. Glen Sather signed Chris Mueller to a one-way deal. He’s a center by trade but he can play on the wing as well. He brought on Matthew Lombardi who hasn’t played in the NHL in a season. He’ll compete in camp for a spot on the roster and could end up as the third centerman behind Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard. This grade could certainly change once the season starts and hopefully for the better. Grade C- 

Right Wing- This is where Glen Sather had to go on a wild turkey hunt, looking for bargains that can skate well enough to keep up with the New York Rangers.  With little money to spend under the salary cap. By adding Lee Stempniak and Chris Mueller to the depth chart, the New York Rangers are a more balanced and better offensive team.  They could use one more right-handed shot somewhere on the top six, until that happens the grade is not as high. The New York Rangers management still have some work to do this offseason. Grade B-

Goaltending-Benoit Allair wanted Alain Vigneault to insert Cam Talbot into the backup role and he impressed with his twelve wins and six losses in twenty-one games. Cam Talbot gives the team a formidable tandem with Henrik Lundqvist. No grade for the offseason but management added some good prospects to the farm system in this years draft. Grade A+

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