The conversations this summer have mainly focused on the Rangers forwards. With three forwards departing, three (four if you include the AHL-bound Michael Haley) coming on board, and the never-ending discussions about Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Alex Semin, and Shane Doan, it’s easy to see why the focus is on scoring and depth.
However some of the biggest concerns during the postseason were about the depth on defense. Stu Bickel was barely playing, and the five other defensemen were struggling to keep their legs under them while playing shorthanded throughout the playoffs. The Rangers need depth or growth. With Michael Sauer out, and no major signings pending, the answers appear to have to come from within.
The Locks: Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal
These guys are a given and will likely play on the top-four.
The Almost-Locks: Anton Stralman, Michael Del Zotto
Stralman filed for arbitration, almost guaranteeing he will be back with the Rangers for one more season. Del Zotto is an...