After weeks of denial that the 6th overall was in play, I got an offer I couldn't refuse. By dropping down four spots in the draft we managed to add the Young and Talented Mr. Mikael Backlund to our forward group and added Zach Stepan to our prospect pool, as well as picking up a 2nd round pick for next years draft. An Asset added for each of the steps down the draft we took. Unfortunately David Moss was the price we paid as a club to get the deal we wanted. David is an exceptional player and he will be missed, but certainly will do well on the ice wherever he plays. Recently we re-signed Cody Bass, who is already on board with the game plan. Cody is a strategic piece of our entire organization and if he doesn't make the team in camp, we know we will see him later in the year, as he continues to add valuable leadership to the Connecticut Whale. Nick Palmieri was brought in as well, and Nick is also going to be there pushing our vets in camp this fall, we intended to build a deep, young, talented machine that can win games in New York and on the farm. We envision our parts as interchangeable to a large degree, and focused on one organizational goal. It is hard to rank our farm team by line or defensive pairing, and it should be, as we intend to carry young men that can compete at a CDCGML level, even if they are currently down in Connecticut. We know injuries are a norm in the new pro game and team depth wins championships just as much as defense wins championships.
TRADE: The New York Rangers have made a trade with the Colorado Avalanche.
STL 2013 1st Round Draft Selection (10th overall)
EDM 2014 2nd Round Draft Selection
NYR 2013 1st Round Draft Selection (6th overall)
Full roster breakdowns to follow, but in lieu of taking questions i will just add that we are not finished. We have another 11 guys on our target board, and we intend to bring in two of them during the offseason, if we can manage it.
New York Rangers Offseason Depth Chart
Vanek, Thornton, Hudler
Malone, Backlund, Antropov
Latendresse, Stajan, Foligno
Mattias, Brent, Brown
Connecticut Whale Offseason Roster
Ashton, Welsh, Shalunov
Bass, McRae, Palmieri
Cunningham, McMillan, Cowick
Prospect Pool:Ville Pokka
, Mikko Vainonen
, Joonas Korpisalo
, Patrick Sieloff
, Nick Ebert
, Zach Stepan
10th overall pick 2013 draft, 66th overall pick 2013 draft
a 1st, two 2nds and a third in the 2014 entry draft.
The Rangers Organization would like to thank players who have conducted their exit interviews and wish them all the best in life and on the ice. Marc-Andre Gragnani, Niko Hovinen, Mattias Sjogren, Trent Hunter, and Zach Stortini, you all played a professional part in our story and our history, no matter how big or short that part was, we thank you and you will be always with us.
Edited by Primal Optimist, 13 June 2013 - 09:00 PM.