5 Depth Signings That Could Benefit the New York Rangers in 2012-13

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5 Depth Signings That Could Benefit the New York Rangers in 2012-13
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With the 2011-12 season rapidly coming to a close, looking towards the offseason and teams potential moves is something you can do anytime.

The New York Rangers came within two games of playing in the Stanley Cup Final against the L.A. Kings, but lost in Game 6 to the New Jersey Devils in overtime. Some say the Rangers overachieved, but their young players developed ahead of scheduled and propelled the team to a banner season, giving much hope heading in to 2012-13.

The one area that can be looked at as a reason why New York couldn't advance farther this postseason is their depth. The Rangers failed to acquire any additional players at the trading deadline (John Scott doesn't count) that could play and it hurt the team as the playoffs continued, with some players suffering from fatigue and nagging injuries while others barely saw more than 5 minutes a game. 

Former Ranger and all-time NHL great Mark Messier, now special assistant to Rangers GM Glen Sather, recently told Larry Brooks of the New York Post this on playoff teams and depth:

Moving forward, as you can see, teams that win the Stanley Cup get stronger as series move on, so for us this year the big thing is to add depth so we don’t have to use as many players as much as we did.

The more depth you have, the less chance of wearing players down and having injuries.

Usually, when Mark Messier speaks, you listen.

The Rangers will, like many other teams, look to make serious moves in order to be in prime position for a chance at the Stanley Cup next season. The usual suspects range from Ryan Suter to Zach Parise.

However, with Messier's words in mind, let's take a look at five depth players the New York Rangers could sign for the 2012-13 season.

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