NHL Free Agency: Should NY Rangers Sign Any of Remaining Available Defensemen?

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NHL Free Agency: Should NY Rangers Sign Any of Remaining Available Defensemen?
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After the blockbuster acquisition of superstar Rick Nash, the New York Rangers' roster is close to being set for the 2012-13 season. There's room for one more forward, and New York could elect to bring in one more player (Shane Doan anyone?) or leave the spot open and allow for competition between rookies.

But what about the Rangers' defense?

Recently, New York locked up defenseman Anton Stralman to a new two-year, $3.4 million contract after a surprisingly effective season in which Stralman was picked up off the scrap heap from the New Jersey Devils. The team is still working on a deal to lock up 22-year-old blueliner Michael Del Zotto.

Assuming Del Zotto is locked up, it still leaves one more spot on the Blueshirt back line that needs to be filled. If healthy, it would go to Michael Sauer. However, he's still on the comeback trail from a concussion suffered last season and cannot be counted on to take a spot.

Therefore, New York has a decision to make. Should they just allow for prospects in their system to compete for one more spot on defense? Or should the team bring in a free agent to fill the void?

Here are the remaining free-agent defenseman and whether New York should considering signing them...or avoid them.

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