Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/4/14
NHL.com lists the UFA's still available...

FORWARDS NAME 2011-12 TEAM STATS SKINNY Shane Doan Phoenix 79 GP 22-28-50 Longtime Coyotes captain has started talking to other teams but is still not in any hurry to leave the only franchise he's ever played for Kristian Huselius Columbus 2 GP 0-0-0 Injuries wiped out most of 2010-11 and almost all of last season for 33-year-old after he averaged 26 goals from 2006-07 through 2009-10 Jason Arnott St. Louis 72 GP 17-17-34 He's now 37 and isn't the offensive force he used to be, but the 400-goal scorer is still capable of providing points and leadership Tom Kostopoulos Calgary 81 GP 4-8-12 Feisty fourth-line forward gives everything he's got, will stand up for teammates and even contribute a little bit offensively Mike Knuble Washington 72 GP 6-12-18 40-year-old forward looking for a new home after dropping from 24 goals in '10-11 to six this past season Tomas Holmstrom Detroit 74 GP 11-13-24 The 39-year-old isn't the scoring force he once was, but he remains an unmovable force in front of the net on the power play Andrew Brunette Chicago 78 GP 12-15-27 Soon-to-be 39-year-old may have a tough time finding a new home; he scored only 12 goals and 27 points last season after scoring 22, 25 and 18 goals in the previous three seasons Jason Blake Anaheim 45 GP 7-5-12 Now 38, Blake is coming off a serious injury and his worst offensive season in a decade Mathieu Darche Montreal 61 GP 5-7-12 Late-blooming 35-year-old's offensive production dropped sharply in '11-12 Jochen Hecht Buffalo 22 GP 4-4-8 35-year-old German is a reliable checker who can contribute offensively but missed most of last season with concussion-related problems Brian Rolston Boston 70 GP 7-17-24 The 39-year-old was reinvigorated when he landed with the Bruins last season, scoring 15 points in 21 games Daymond Langkow Phoenix 73 GP 11-19-30 35-year-old center has 1,090 NHL games and 270 goals on his resume, but is no longer a top-six forward Dominic Moore San Jose 79 GP 4-21-25 Veteran center turns 32 in August; could be headed for 10th NHL team. He's still useful as a role player in the right situation. Radek Dvorak Dallas 73 GP 4-17-21 Still a useful third-liner and checker who can contribute a little offense as he approaches 1,200 games played Petr Sykora New Jersey 82 GP 21-23-44 Made Devils at camp and proved his scoring touch hadn't disappeared DEFENSEMEN NAME 2011-12 TEAM STATS SKINNY Brett Clark Tampa Bay 82 GP 2-13-15 Points dropped from 31 to 15; minus-26 rating was also a big drop from 2010-11. But he blocked 199 shots and even at 35 is still useful as bottom-pair defenseman. Carlo Colaiacovo St. Louis 64 GP 2-17-19 Solid second-pair defenseman who can move puck well but has had injury problems Matt Gilroy Ottawa 67 GP 3-17-20 2009 Hobey Baker winner has nice offensive skills but has yet to turn them into a regular berth on an NHL blue line Jaroslav Spacek Carolina 46 GP 5-10-15 Big blueliner still possess a big shot, and is reliable defensively - plus-64 last seven seasons Pavel Kubina Philadelphia 69 GP 3-12-15 Not the offensive force he was when he was younger, but still has size and a big shot Michal Rozsival Phoenix 54 GP 1-12-13 Hampered by injuries last two seasons and no longer a big offensive force, but solid in his own zone Scott Hannan Calgary 78 GP 2-10-12 Never a big offensive force, but OK in own zone and can still play 20 minutes a night Steve Eminger N.Y. Rangers 42 GP 2-3-5 2002 first-rounder was effective third-pair defender before injuries hit Kurtis Foster Minnesota 51 GP 4-10-14 Big shot but has never matched offensive numbers he put up with Tampa Bay in '09-10 Milan Jurcina N.Y. Islanders 65 GP 3-8-11 Big guy with a big shot but coming off career-worst minus-34 season with Isles Chris Campoli Montreal 43 GP 2-9-11 Smooth-skating 28-year-old defenseman wasn't retained by Montreal after missing nearly half of the 2011-12 season with a freak hamstring injury


...to me the only thing left for the Rangers to do is re-sign Del Zotto and add a depth defenseman. And looking at this list, despite coming off a terrible year, Brett Clark is a guy who I think would fit in perfectly with the Rangers young defense. A veteran who blocks a ton of shots and can be signed on the cheap. What else could you want from a 6th/7th defenseman. Unless of course you want to see a return of whipping boy Michal Rozsival.

...another intriguing name on that list if UFA's is Dominick Moore. A friend of mine actually mentioned him to me as a possible depth signing this past weekend. If the Rangers don't end up acquiring Doan, there will still be an open spot in the line-up until Gaborik returns from injury. Moore, now 31, knows the organization and the city and since leaving the Rangers has had a ton of playoff success with Montreal and Tampa Bay. He could also be very useful on the Rangers penalty kill which has lost a lot of personnel this offseason (Dubi, AA, Prust and Feds).

...who do you like from this list? Leave you thoughts in the comments section.

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