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The 6-2, 190-pounder ranked third among Devils forwards in average shorthanded ice time in 2019-20 (2:06) while helping New Jersey rank seventh in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency during the season (82.4%), and he was only on the ice for 11 power play goals against in 102:51 of shorthanded ice time (6.42 power play goals against per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time). Rooney tied for second on New Jersey in shorthanded goals (two) and tied for third on the team in shorthanded points (three) this past season. He registered 64 hits in 49 games in 2019-20, and he ranked fifth on the Devils (min. 10 games played) in hits per 60 minutes of ice time (6.68). Rooney ranked third on the Devils in penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time (min. 10 games played - 1.32) and net penalties per 60 minutes of ice time (0.52) this past season (he drew 12 penalties and took seven penalties in 2019-20).
Rooney has skated in 95 career NHL games over parts of four seasons (2016-17 - 2019-20), all with New Jersey, registering 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points, along with a plus-one rating and 39 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in goals (six) and points (10) in 41 games with the Devils in 2018-19.
The Canton, Massachusetts native was originally signed by the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL) to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) on March 29, 2016 following his collegiate career at Providence College. Rooney signed his first NHL contract with New Jersey on February 27, 2017.
Anthony Bitetto (Defenseman)
Bitetto, 30, skated in 51 games with the Winnipeg Jets this past season, registering eight assists, a plus-three rating, and 32 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including games played, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and average ice time (15:10). Bitetto ranked second on Winnipeg in hits this past season (145), and he led the Jets in hits per game (2.84). He ranked 23rd in the NHL, as well as fifth among NHL defensemen, (min. 30 games played) in hits per game in 2019-20. In addition, Bitetto ranked fourth on the Jets (and ranked second among Jets defensemen) in average shorthanded ice time this past season (2:11).
The 6-1, 210-pounder has skated in 183 career NHL games over parts of six seasons (2014-15 - 2019-20) with Nashville, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, registering two goals and 25 assists for 27 points, along with 122 penalty minutes. Bitetto also skated in each of Nashville's 14 games during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has recorded 379 hits in his 183 career NHL games. Bitetto has averaged 9.48 hits per 60 minutes of ice time in his NHL career; since the start of the 2014-15 season, he ranks 10th among NHL defensemen (min. 100 games played) in hits per 60 minutes of ice time.
The Island Park, New York native was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round, 168th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Keith Kinkaid (Goaltender)
Kinkaid, 31, has appeared in 157 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons (2012-13; 2014-15 - 2019-20) with New Jersey and Montreal, posting a 65-56-20 record, along with a 2.95 GAA, a .905 SV%, and 7 SO. He appeared in 41 games and made 38 starts in each of his last two full seasons in the NHL (2017-18 and 2018-19), establishing career-highs in both categories. Kinkaid established a career-high in wins with 26 in 2017-18, helping the Devils advance to the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he posted a 2.77 GAA and a .913 SV% during the season.
The 6-3, 186-pounder split this past season between the NHL and the American Hockey League (AHL) while in the Montreal Canadiens organization. Kinkaid appeared in 17 AHL games with the Laval Rocket and Charlotte Checkers in 2019-20, posting a 3.15 GAA and a .888 SV%. Kinkaid also appeared in six NHL games with Montreal during the past season.
Internationally, the Farmingville, New York native has represented the United States in several tournaments. Kinkaid helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship and was named one of the Top Three Players on his Team in the tournament, as he posted a 7-2-0 record, along with a 2.29 GAA, a .912 SV%, and 2 SO. In addition, Kinkaid represented the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
Kinkaid was originally signed by New Jersey as an undrafted free agent on April 18, 2011.
Colin Blackwell (Forward)
Blackwell, 27, split this past season between the Nashville Predators in the NHL and the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL). He skated in 27 NHL games with the Predators in 2019-20, registering three goals and seven assists for 10 points, along with a plus-seven rating and 10 penalty minutes. Blackwell, who recorded all of his 10 points this past season at 5-on-5, ranked fifth on Nashville in points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 (2.07) and ranked third in assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 (1.45) during the season. He also ranked sixth on the Predators in plus/minus rating this past season, and he was on the ice for only 10 even strength goals against in 293:22 of even strength ice time in 2019-20.
The 5-9, 190-pounder also skated in 26 AHL games with Milwaukee this past season, registering six goals and 17 assists for 23 points, along with a plus-14 rating and 21 penalty minutes. Blackwell ranked third on the Admirals in points per game in 2019-20 (0.88) and posted a nine-game point streak during the season.
Blackwell has skated in 33 career NHL games over parts of two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), both with Nashville, registering three goals and seven assists for 10 points, along with a plus-six rating and 12 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 187 career AHL games over parts of four seasons (2016-17 - 2019-20), recording 41 goals and 64 assists for 105 points, along with a plus-10 rating and 90 penalty minutes. Blackwell also helped his team advance to the Calder Cup Playoffs in three consecutive seasons from 2016-17 - 2018-19 (the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs were cancelled), and he has tallied seven points (five goals, two assists) in 23 career Calder Cup Playoff games.
The Lawrence, Massachusetts native was originally selected by San Jose in the seventh round, 194th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Anthony Greco (Forward)
Greco, 27, split this past season between the Springfield Thunderbirds, the Syracuse Crunch, and the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points, along with 14 penalty minutes. He tallied 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 37 games with Springfield, and he registered 118 shots on goal in those 37 games (3.19 shots on goal per game). Greco also notched four points (one goal, three assists) in his seven games with San Jose and posted a three-game assist/point streak over the final three games of the season.
The 5-10, 174-pounder has skated in 271 career regular season AHL games over four seasons (2016-17 - 2019-20), registering 86 goals and 76 assists for 162 points, along with 106 penalty minutes. Greco established AHL career-highs in goals (30), assists (29), and points (59) with Springfield in 2018-19, and he also tallied 29 goals in 75 games with Springfield in 2017-18. He was one of only three AHL players who registered at least 29 goals in both 2017-18 and 2018-19, and his 59 goals over the two seasons were the third-most in the AHL. Greco led the AHL in shots on goal in both 2017-18 and 2018-19 (252 shots on goal in 2017-18; 267 shots on goal in 2018-19), and he also led the AHL in shorthanded goals in 2017-18 (six). He has skated in one career Calder Cup Playoff game, making his AHL debut with Bridgeport during the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Queens, New York native has also skated in one career NHL game, making his NHL debut on December 13, 2018 as a member of the Florida Panthers. Greco is the only player in NHL history whose listed birthplace is Queens, New York. He signed his first NHL contract with the Panthers on November 20, 2017.
Jonny Brodzinski (Forward)
Brodzinski, 27, skated in 44 games with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points, along with 26 penalty minutes. He tied for third on the team in goals, tied for fourth on the team in assists and points, and ranked second on the team in shots on goal (136) in 2019-20. Brodzinski also skated in three NHL games with the San Jose Sharks this past season, recording one assist.
The 6-1, 215-pounder has skated in 200 career AHL games over parts of five seasons (2015-16 - 2019-20), registering 70 goals and 68 assists for 138 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 74 penalty minutes. Brodzinski established AHL career-highs in goals (27), assists (22), points (49), and shots on goal (184) with the Ontario Reign in 2016-17, and he was selected to play in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. He has helped his team advance to the Calder Cup Playoffs three times, and he has registered 10 points (five goals, five assists) and a plus-five rating in 13 career Calder Cup Playoff games. Brodzinski has also skated in 57 career NHL games over parts of four seasons (2016-17 - 2019-20) with Los Angeles and San Jose, recording six goals and six assists for 12 points, along with a plus-six rating and 10 penalty minutes.
The Ham Lake, Minnesota native was originally selected by Los Angeles in the fifth round, 148th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Rangers sign Patrik Nemeth, Jarred Tinordi…more to come?
The worst kept secret for the New York Rangers became a reality when they signed Swedish defenseman Patrik Nemeth to a three-year for an Annual Average Value (AAV) of $2.5 million. He fills one need for the Rangers, a veteran defenseman who can be a steadying influence on one of the youngest blueline corps in the NHL.
The Blueshirts also signed big defenseman Jarred Tinordi to a two-year, $1.8 million deal with an AAV of $900k. He split last season between Nashville and Boston, coming to the Bruins as a depth defender at the deadline in a waiver claim.
Meet Patrik Nemeth
Nemeth is a 29 year old left shot defenseman who has played for Dallas, Colorado and Detroit. He’s big at 6’3″, 228 pounds. He was drafted in the second round of 2010 Entry Draft, making it to the NHL in 2013-14 for eight games. He played parts of three seasons after that in Dallas before being claimed on waivers by the Colorado Avalanche in October 2017.
He became a fixture on the Colorado defense in 2017-18 and spent two years with the Avalanche as a regular. In 2018-19 head131 blocked shots and 137 hits and he was in the top 27 among NHL defensemen in per game average for both. With the arrival of Cale Makar, he became a victim of the numbers game in Colorado and they let him escape via free agency.
As a free agent in 2019 he signed with the Detroit Red Wings for two years at an AAV of $3 million and was traded back to the Avalanche at the deadline this season. His numbers this season were three goals and 10 points in 52 games with a plus/minus rating of +5 and 20 penalty minutes. He was a minus one on a bad Detroit team that had half of their regular defenseman minus 13 or worse.
The common consensus is that he will be teamed with Nils Lundkvist on the third defense pairing. A veteran Swedish partner can’t hurt the highly touted rookie. If Lundkvist needs more seasoning in the AHL, Zac Jones is another option on the blueline with Braden Schneider a dark horse candidate to make the team.
Nemeth is taking a pay cut off the $3 million AAV he was making in Detroit. As first reported by Larry Brooks of the New York Post, he is signing for three years with an AAV of $2.5 million.
That increases the Rangers’ cap hit to $62,124,802. That leaves them $19,375,198 in cap space to sign Igor Shesterkin, Filip Chytil and Libor Hajek. Add Morgan Barron and subtract Keith Kinkaid and the cap hit remains virtually the same.
Meet Jarred Tinordi
Jarred Tinordi is a depth signing for the Rangers. He is a 29-year-old left shot blueliner who is 6’6″, 205 pounds. A first round draft pick by Montreal in 2010, he played part of four seasons for Montreal before a trade to Arizona in 2016. He signed as a free agent, but never played for the Penguins and subsequently signed with the Predators. He was waived by Nashville and picked up by the Bruins and he played in four of Boston’s 11 playoff games.
In 21 games for Nashville and Boston he had one assist, a plus/minus rating of -6 and 11 PIM.
He won’t win any scoring trophies as he has scored only one goal in 102 NHL games in his career. In 2016, he was suspended 20 games by the NHL for violating the league’s NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. At the time he took responsibility for unknowingly take a banned substance.
He is the son of former Ranger Mark Tinordi, who played 24 games on defense for the Rangers in 1987-88 before being traded to the North Stars in a deal the team would regret.
Jarred Tinordi’s $900k AAV is an increase over the $700k AAV he had signed for with the Predators in 2019.
Other teams’ signings
The Rangers rumor mill had been working overtime, but there are some names mentioned as potential targets that are off the table.
Goalies: One-year deals were the norm as Martin Jones signed with the Flyers and Braden Holtby with the Stars ($2MM AAV). The rumor had been that the Rangers were looking to deal Alexandar Georgiev and were considering both veterans as potential backups to Igor Shesterkin.
Defensemen: Alec Martinez had been everyone’s favorite defender heading to New York,but he re-signed with the Golden Knights ($5.25MM AAV). If the Rangers had an interest in Ryan Suter, forget it as he signed a four-year deal with the Stars ($3.65MM AAV).
Forwards: Columbus re-signed center Boone Jenner for four years ($3.75MM AAV). He was one of the available centers who can win draws, with a lifetime winning percentage of 54%.
If anyone though that Gabriel Landeskog was a possible Ranger, he signed an eight-year $56 million extension with Colorado with an AAV of $7 million. The salary is the interesting factor here as he could have probably made more somewhere else. It could be the basis for a Zibanejad extension with the Rangers.
Updated: New York Rangers free agency watch: track key signings and trade rumors
The NHL Free Agent bell has rung and the Blueshirts made the Patrik Nemeth deal official. According to PuckPedia his deal is for 3 years with an AAV of $2.5 million. And they’ve signed 7th defenseman Jarred Tinordi for 2 years at $900K.
So what’s the latest? We will update this article throughout the day.
NYR target off the board as Phillip Danault signs with Kings.
Rangers sign Greg McKegg and Dryden Hunt
Per Rangers press release:
New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Greg McKegg on a one-year contract and with free agent forward Dryden Hunt on a two-year contract.
McKegg, 29, split this past season between the Boston Bruins in the NHL and the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He recorded one goal in five NHL games with Boston and two assists in two AHL games with Providence.
Hunt, 25, skated in 26 games with the Arizona Coyotes this past season, registering three goals and five assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes. He was credited with 94 hits in the 26 contests he played in 2020-21, and he led Arizona in hits per 60 minutes of ice time during the season (18.11). Hunt averaged 11:58 of ice time per game this past season, which was the most he has averaged in one season thus far in his NHL career.
Rangers sign Jarred Tinordi
Per Rangers press release:
New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Jarred Tinordi on a two-year contract.
Tinordi, 29, split this past season between the Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins, registering one assist and 11 penalty minutes in 21 games. He registered 56 hits and 30 blocked shots in the 21 games he played in 2020-21. Tinordi skated in his 100th career NHL game on April 13, 2021 vs. Buffalo. He also skated in four games with the Bruins during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Rangers sign Patrik Nemeth
Per Rangers press release:
New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Patrik Nemeth on a three-year contract.
Nemeth, 29, split this past season between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche, registering three goals and seven assists for 10 points, along with a plus-five rating and 20 penalty minutes. His three goals in 2020-21 were tied for the most he registered in one season in his NHL career, and his 87 hits during the season were the second-most he recorded in one season in his NHL career. Nemeth posted a 50.0% shot attempts percentage at 5-on-5 this past season, and he had an on-ice save percentage of 93.5% at 5-on-5 (his team’s goaltenders posted a .935 SV% while he was on the ice at 5-on-5), which was tied for the 10th-best among the 98 NHL defensemen who played at least 50 games in 2020-21. He also skated in 10 games with Colorado during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he tied for second on the Avalanche in blocked shots (14) and ranked third in hits (20) in the playoffs.
One of the Rangers top targets, Jordan Martinook took less to stay home with the Carolina Hurricanes. He signed for three years at less than what he made last season. His AAV comes in at $1.8 million.
Phillip Danault also remains a Rangers target. The Golden Knights were rumored in on him but just traded fro Dadonov from the Senators and only have $2M in cap space left. Another suitor is the L.A. Kings.
Rangers trade rumors
There is still some talk that Ryan Strome could be moved to Seattle, or Ottawa. If this happens the Rangers may have another big moved lined up.
On the Jack Eichel front, his frustration is mounting. It’s now being reported that the Minnesota Wild have dropped out. Add the Vegas Golden Knights after their moves.
Who’s left? The Rangers and Ducks?
Jack Eichel frustration mounts
Darren Dreger is reporting that Jack Eichel and his camp’s “frustration levels” are on the rise. The teams lingering around are being classified as “tire kickers” at best. Read more!
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NY Rangers 2021 free agent tracker: The latest signings, rumors and more
The NHL's unrestricted free agent market will officially open for business Wednesday at noon.
A couple big names have already reportedly come off the board, with Alex Ovechkin re-signing with the Washington Capitals and Gabriel Landeskog doing the same with the Colorado Avalanche. But several intriguing players remain up for grabs, with various teams balancing the desire to get better with the reality of a flat $81.5 million salary cap.
The New York Rangers are certainly among them.
We project roughly $17 million in cap space for the Blueshirts, but that money may not go as far as you think. They still have some of their own restricted free agents to sign, most notably forward Filip Chytil and goalie Igor Shesterkin, and they have key players such as Adam Fox, Kaapo Kakko and Mika Zibanejad entering the final year of their contracts.
"It's a good problem to have," said first-year team president and general manager Chris Drury. "We obviously have a lot of good young players and players that are going to get significant raises in the next few years, so you're always mindful of the future and what's to come. This year versus next year certainly comes into play."
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Those considerations are at the forefront of Drury's mind as he navigates free agency and continues to explore trade possibilities.
He's already pulled off two deals, trading a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for gritty forward Barclay Goodrow (who then signed a six-year, $21.85 million deal) and sending fan favorite Pavel Buchnevich to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-rounder.
At least one free-agent addition is expected Wednesday, as a person familiar with the situation told the USA TODAY Network that left-handed defenseman Patrik Nemeth will sign for an average annual value around $2.5 million. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported it will be for three years.
Goodrow, Blais and Nemeth will help fulfill Drury's vision of making the Rangers bigger, tougher and more well-rounded. He could target more players of that ilk in free agency, while continuing the search for long-term solutions at center.
Will the new front-office boss make a big splash as he attempts to speed up the rebuilding process? Or will he stick to a minor move or two to reinforce what's already been done and maintain cap flexibility?
We'll find out in a few hours.
"Whether it’s aggressive or not aggressive, we're always just trying to look for different ways to help the team be as good as we can be and keep moving the ball forward to our goal of being a playoff team this year," Drury said.
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UPDATE, 2:24 p.m. — The Rangers officially announced the McKegg deal and the signing of another depth forward, Dryden Hunt. The latter is coming in on a two-year deal after appearing in 26 games for the Arizona Coyotes last season, posting eight points (three goals and five assists) while playing left wing.
The 6-foot, 193-pounder grades out as strong defensive forward who likes to throw his body around. He posted a 1.97 xGA/60 last season, according to Evolving Hockey, while averaging 3.62 hits per game. Hunt, 25, figures to compete for a fourth-line role with the Rangers.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m. — The UFA center who was thought to be of the most interest to the Rangers is off the board. Phillip Danault, considered one of the best defensive forwards in the league, has signed a six-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings. Friedman reports it's for an AAV of $5.5 million, which totals $33 million for the length of the contract.
The 28-year-old certainly would have helped the Rangers become a tougher team to play against with his smothering play, but he may have been a luxury they can't afford. He produced only 24 points (five goals and 19 assists) with Montreal last season and profiles best as a third-line center. Had they awarded him a $5.5 million AAV, they would have had to either bank on him as their long-term 2C or handed the role to Filip Chytil. Instead, they'll maintain the flexibility to pursue other centers.
Those options are dwindling, though, with free agents signing at a rapid pace and no obvious trade candidates — well, except for one. I wouldn't rule out the possibility of Jack Eichel, but it's been quiet on that front lately. Despite the Buffalo Sabres playing hardball, Drury seems set on holding his ground and not giving up his best young talents. The only way I see something happening is if Sabres GM Kevyn Adams caves, but a source texted me and said they have their doubts about a deal getting done. We'll see.
If an Eichel trade doesn't happen, there are two potential outcomes: 1. The Rangers give it one more go with Chytil and Ryan Strome as their middle-six centers (with Goodrow also in the mix) and preserve their cap space heading into next summer; 2. Drury has another trick up his sleeve that he's done a very good job of concealing.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m. — The Rangers are bringing back their fourth-line center from the 2019-20 season, with Sportnet's Chris Johnston reporting that Greg McKegg has signed a one-year deal worth $750,000. It's a two-way deal, with McKegg likely heading to AHL Hartford if he doesn't make the NHL roster.
The 29-year-old played for the Bruins last season, but was limited to just five games and often served as a healthy scratch. Two seasons ago, he appeared in a career-high 53 games with the Rangers while posting nine points (five goals and four assists). He's 49.7% in his career on face-offs and can also play both wings.
UPDATE, 12:37 p.m. — The Rangers have added another left-handed defenseman, Jarred Tinordi, on a two-year, $1.8 million deal ($900,000 AAV), according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. The 29-year-old will add depth on the left side behind likely starters Ryan Lindgren, K'Andre Miller and Nemeth. He's a big boy at 6-foot-6 who brings more of the physicality we've seen Drury focus on this summer — and he's shown a willingness to drop the gloves, including this bout with Rangers' nemesis Tom Wilson.
Tinordi was placed on waivers by the Nashville Predators in March and claimed by the Boston Bruins, where he rotated on and off the third pair. He played a total of 21 regular-season games and another four in the playoffs. He only produced one assist and is primarily a stay-at-home defenseman.
UPDATE, 12:31 p.m. — The Rangers just made the Nemeth signing official for three years. A person close to the situation confirmed it's for a total of $7.5 million at an AAV of $2.5 million, with PuckPedia reporting that he has an eight-team no-trade clause. The 29-year-old is expected to play the left side on the Rangers' bottom pair as a potential partner to usher in top prospect Nils Lundkvist. Read more about Nemeth here.
UPDATE, 12:00 p.m. — The window for UFAs to sign is officially open, with several deals already rumored to be done. Among them are some of the potential Rangers' targets we identified earlier this week: Joel Armia (Montreal Canadiens), Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche), Nick Bonino (San Jose Sharks), Jordan Martinook (Carolina Hurricanes) and Blake Coleman (Calgary Flames). Nothing for the Rangers yet, but the Nemeth announcement should be coming soon.
Vincent Z. Mercogliano is the New York Rangers beat reporter for the USA TODAY Network. Read more of his work at lohud.com/sports/rangers/ and follow him on Twitter @vzmercogliano.
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Rangers Free Agency: Nothing big (yet), but Blueshirts add depth
No big moves for the Rangers, but the team is already deeper.
New York Rangers fans headed into the first day of free agency hoping that Buffalo Sabres captain and star center Jack Eichel would be announced as the newest member of the team. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
They didn’t really do anything huge on Wednesday, but did sign some nice depth players.
The signing of LHD Patrik Nemeth has been the Rangers’ biggest acquisition move so far this offseason.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Patrik Nemeth on a three-year contract.
Welcome to New York! pic.twitter.com/d6gkIcwhOM
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 28, 2021
Heading into next season, the Rangers were keen on adding a veteran LHD and Nemeth is exactly what they need.
Patrik Nemeth, signed 3x$2.5M by NYR, didn't have a very good playoff round against Vegas but otherwise has been a very effective defensive defenceman who has played both top and bottom pair roles in the past few seasons. #NYRpic.twitter.com/JH6pNgB7FX
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 28, 2021
Nemeth doesn’t bring much to the table offensively, but is one of the best defensive-defensemen in the league.
The veteran was signed to a 3-year, $2.5 million deal and will likely serve as a nice complement and mentor to his fellow countryman, rookie Nils Lundkvist, on the third pairing.
The moves that followed were to add depth. They signed F Greg McKegg, LHD Jarred Tinordi, and LW Dryden Hunt.
McKegg, who was a Ranger two seasons ago, will return to Broadway on a one-year, two-way deal. He will likely spend most of his time in Hartford and probably won’t be called up unless someone suffers an injury.
Tinordi is another depth piece who doesn’t do much other than play physically. He is signed to a two-year deal but won’t see much ice-time.
You can read more about the McKegg and Tinordi signings here.
The signing of Hunt isn’t a huge move, but it is a good one.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have agreed to terms with free agent forward Greg McKegg on a one-year contract and with free agent forward Dryden Hunt on a two-year contract. pic.twitter.com/8EJbGMLQP4
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 28, 2021
Hunt doesn’t do much scoring, but he is a very good defensive forward. He will likely compete for a spot on the fourth line.
He is signed to a two-year, two-way deal and has a higher chance of seeing time in the NHL than McKegg or Tinordi.