Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 7/1/12

We're over an hour into today's free agent frenzy and two moves impacting the New York Rangers have already been made. 

First and foremost, the Rangers have re-signed rugged defenseman Stu Bickel to a two-year contract worth $750,000 per year. Bickel played in 51 regular season games with the Blueshirts, and would later tack-on 18 more in the postseason. His physical game and willingness to drop the gloves with almost anyone created a great attraction between Stu and the organization, and with Brandon Prust likely leaving New York, this could turn out to be an important signing to contain some toughness.

Also, forward John Mitchell has signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche and will be leaving the Rangers after playing 63 games with them in 2011-12. This is a player that served his purpose at the time but really had no clear-cut spot on the roster moving forward. I'm not surprised at all to see him go. 

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