Shea Weber Staying Put, What Does That Mean for the Rangers?

Brandon GudovitzCorrespondent IIJuly 24, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 07:  Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators skates with the puck in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on May 7, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Predators 2-1 to win the series 4 games to 1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers have had about the best 48 hours a team could possibly have.  First they finalized a trade with Columbus without giving up key pieces. After that Nashville announced they had matched Philadelphia's offer to Weber, thus keeping Shea Weber in Nashville and out of the Atlantic Division. 

This recent news is music to all Ranger fan's ears. The Philadelphia Flyers have a potent offense and a big name goaltender who struggled do to the "run and gun" style of play the Flyers have.  Weber would have given Ilya Bryzgalov much needed support. Unfortunately for the Flyers they lost out on Weber and in return lost Matt Carle to Tampa Bay

With the Rangers being the only team that has made successful moves to this point, they should be considered heavy favorites to win the Eastern Conference. 

There are still some moves that could happen this offseason. Both Alexander Semin and Shane Doan still remain unsigned and no one has finalized a trade for Bobby Ryan.  These two players could end up in the Atlantic and give whatever team that signs them a much needed boost to try to keep place with the Rangers. 

The Rangers are not finished as they are continually trying to add to their roster by adding Shane Doan. Doan would add to the depth of this young Rangers team and give the Rangers three lines that could do a bit of damage on the scoresheet. 

This offseason has been very exciting and there is definitely more to come.