Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 12/17/14
This offseason, I’ve been posting a lot about reclamation projects the Rangers might be interested in offering a one-year, low cost contract in an effort remain competitive while staying under the cap. Acquiring a David Booth, Devin Setoguchi or Dustin Penner on a cap friendly deal seemingly bares no risk, but it’s always a gamble when trying to turn a lemon into the lemonade. Especially when you already have some beers in the fridge. Dead weight holding up the development of NHL ready prospects is the straightest path towards regression in the NHL, so there’s plenty of reason to give pause before attempting to catch lightning in a bottle for the second straight season (see Beniot Pouliot). Even with the potential signing of a player looking for their own personal Redemption Song, most Rangers fans consider the third line center position JT Miller’s to lose. However, it might keep another highly touted prospect from landing a roster spot in camp, namely Oscar Lindberg. As Adam mentioned in his outstanding prospect rankings, Lindberg had a rough start to his North American pro career last season while he acclimated himself to the smaller rinks and increased physical play in the AHL. But when the calendar changed to 2014, the Swedish center proved why the Rangers traded for him two seasons ago as he tallied 28 points in his final 44 games after just 15 in his first 31. Lindberg recently said in an interview with Hockey Sverige that while it was frustrating not playing in the NHL he felt his time in the AHL afforded him the opportunity to develop his game. He also pointed to his experience being around the Rangers during their playoff series against Montreal as being very positive. In evaluating his game after the season, Lindberg says his play was uneven and pointed to one aspect he’d like to improve on (via Norran)… “I want to get better speed. I have noticed how important speed is [in North America] on the tighter the ice.” Lindberg has spoken with Rangers European scout Andres Hedberg this offseason, who told the 22-year old that the organization would like to see him concentrate on his training this summer by adhering to the Blueshirts offseason regiment (Hockey Sverige)… “I have been told that a program of Rangers I will follow, and we are a whole bunch here in Sweden who are trying to keep going along this summer.” Lindberg added that the departures of Brad Richards and Beniot Pouliot have opened up opportunities, but it’s up to him to take advantage. Sounds to me like Lindberg is coming to camp with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. I love it! Without another move by Glen Sather, I’d think Lindberg has a realistic chance of making the team out of camp, however, if a proven commodity is brought in, the 6′ 0″ forward is likely headed back to Hartford to begin the season.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Eddie Lacy is ‘very blind,’ refuses to wear goggles

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation

NFL scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

Report: No teams interested in trading for Lance Stephenson

It is not Chip Kelly's fault if Eagles miss playoffs

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

NBA games of the weekend: Rondo's Dallas debut, Bulls-Grizz

Tuscaloosa students will have two days off if Bama plays in National Championship

Brady scares the **** out of his teammates celebrating

Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

Will a Chiefs WR finally catch a TD in Week 16?

Jon Lester and the Cubs

The Toronto Raptors reveal their new logo

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.