July 4 saw the proverbial fireworks across the NHL landscape as both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter took their talents not to South Beach, but to the Land of 10,000 Lakes on dual 13-year, $98 million deals with the Minnesota Wild.
Now that the two biggest catches are off the market, the other free-agent dominoes can fall and GMs can begin working on deals that have long been in holding patterns.
One team absent from the free-agent frenzy were the New York Rangers.
The prototypical big-spending team, the Blueshirts were not linked to either big name. Not for a lack of cap space, but because, for the first time since anyone can remember, the Rangers have built their team from the ground up, not through free-agent mercenaries.
However, some pieces are still needed to put New York over the top and make them Cup contenders. Most teams have explored trades to better their team, because the free-agent market is relatively thin this summer (which is why Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan and other names continue to float around).
Now that the Parise/Suter watch is officially over, look for trades to dominate the headlines over the next week.
Lets take a look back and see what the New York Rangers have been up to this past week as the team, while not hyperactive like in offseason's past, has made some low-key moves.