Scott Burnside at ESPN takes a look at the Rangers during his Atlantic Division offseason report...
New York Rangers
What a strange, strange team. GM Glen Sather continued his annual foray into the world of the inexplicable, signing former Minnesota thug Derek Boogaard to a four-year pact worth $6.5 million. This after last year's disastrous signing of the thuggish Donald Brashear. Again we ask, "Huh?" The Rangers still lack a No. 1 center, although we suspect Vinny Prospal will pull some duty there again after the Rangers returned him to the fold. And we like the recent addition of former Los Angeles King Alexander Frolov, who has 30-goal potential as long as coach John Tortorella can get him on task. The blueline is still young (assuming Sather can get restricted free-agent defenseman Marc Staal under contract), although there's no real power-play quarterback. And there's still the issue of the onerous Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival and Brashear contracts the Rangers presume to bury in the minors or otherwise dispose of. In short, one step up and two steps back for the Rangers -- once again.
...i always find it funny how anti-Ranger these so-called experts are. How does Burnside not even mention the re-signing of Christensen, Prust and Girardi? All of whom are expected to make an impact this season. Seem like pretty important offseason moves to me. No?
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