Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 7/4/12

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Taylor Pyatt #14 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates in with the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on December 23, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
When the Rangers inked Taylor Pyatt to a two-year deal last night, there were more quizzical expressions than when the Rangers signed Arron Asham. The signing of Pyatt likely means that Ruslan Fedotenko is done in New York, like the way Asham’s signing meant Brandon Prust was done in New York. The swapping of bottom-six players isn’t all that uncommon, as players bolt for paydays and teams part ways for cheaper options. But as we pointed out before, the Rangers downgraded (albeit slightly) in Asham over Prust to save some cap space. Pyatt’s signing of $1.55 million annually is a $155,000 raise over what Fedotenko brought last year for similar offensive production. While this isn’t a clear-cut substitution the way Asham was for Prust, there is still some comparison to be made between Pyatt and Fedotenko. Much like the Asham/Prust comparison, Pyatt and Fedotenko’s offensive numbers are a wash. Also much like the Asham/Prust comparison, where Prust was considered to be a top penalty killer
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