New York Rangers Rumors: Latest Free Agent Updates and Trade Chatter

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IJuly 5, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 21:  Glen Sather, New York Rangers President and General Manager and Alain Vigneault Head Coach of the New York Rangers pose for a photo during a press conference at Radio City Music Hall on June 21, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers bolstered their bottom six by signing Dominic Moore and Benoit Pouliot, but there could be trades on the horizon because of the need for cap space to re-sign key-restricted free agents.


UPDATE: July 5, 2013 7:03 p.m. ET

The Rangers have made another depth move by adding 6'3" and 197-pound left wing Benoit Pouliot.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 6:30 p.m. ET

Max Lapierre, a Rangers UFA target, has signed with the St. Louis Blues. Lapierre was a favorite defensive-zone specialist under Alain Vigneault in Vancouver.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 4:58 p.m. ET

The Rangers have signed journeyman defender Aaron Johnson to a one-year deal. He will be a solid depth defender for the Blueshirts.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 4:00 p.m. ET

Rangers beat writer Andrew Gross has this story to remind fans about returning-Rangers Dominic Moore.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 3:27 p.m. ET

The Rangers have signed UFA center Dominic Moore. Moore previously played with the Rangers, and he will be a solid fourth-line center.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 2:51 p.m. ET

The Rangers had Moore once before, and if he can readjust to NHL life, he'd be a good fit in the bottom six.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 2:34 p.m. ET

Matt Hendricks was a Rangers' UFA target but he signed with the Predators.

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UPDATE: July 5, 2013 12:52 p.m. ET

Rangers' UFA Ryane Clowe has apparently signed with the Devils.

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Winning the Stanley Cup is always the expectation in the Big Apple, and you can expect the Rangers to monitor available free agents with a watchful eye.

The Rangers had a disappointing 2012-13 season, and fans hope the hiring of Alain Vigneault is the first of many changes that will propel the team to a Stanley Cup. The Rangers didn't play with the same toughness and completeness they illustrated in 2011-12, and that will need to change going forward.

The Rangers decided to keep forward Brad Richards after rumors suggested that he would be a buyout candidate, and general manager Glen Sather is confident that he can bounce back. Richards is 33 years old, and the veteran center is coming off a very disappointing campaign.

If the Rangers are going to be successful, they need Richards to bounce back. They also need to re-tool their roster.


The Broadway Blueshirts have already taken steps to make some improvements, and it started with a trade for defenseman Justin Falk from the Minnesota Wild. It was a depth deal that will add some size to the Rangers' blue line, but the Blueshirts will need to add more than that if they want to compete for the Stanley Cup.

Cap space could be tight, but Sather is known for his ability to pull a rabbit out of his hat during negotiations.