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Well, the day has arrived. It is July 1, and the Rangers are currently at $50.4 million in payroll with 16 (17 if you include Michael Del Zotto) players under contract. The Rangers need at least one scorer, depth on defense (right-handed shot), and fourth line depth among the forwards. There are plenty of UFA names out there, with the biggest being Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, but there are others like Shane Doan that might fit into the Rangers plans. Don’t forget to check out our free agency round table below to get all of our thoughts.

As the UFA names begin to drop, the trade market will also likely open up as well. The Rangers are rumored to be in on talks for Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash, but a deal will only be made if the asking price drops. Keith Yandle is also an attractive piece that is available.

Follow us after the jump for up-to-date signings and contracts for every move made today. Moves the Rangers make will be in bold.

Before noon:

  • The Panthers re-signed goaltender Scott Clemmensen to a 2-year, $2.4 million ($1.2 million per year) deal.
  • The Oilers have re-signed Ryan Smyth to a 2-year deal worth $2.25 million per year.
  • The Hurricanes have signed Jordan Staal to a 10-year, $60 million contract. This is the same contract he turned down from Pittsburgh.
  •  Zach Parise will hit the open market, and the Rangers do not expect to sign him.
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