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Instead of big moves, the Rangers decided to replenish depth.
They signed Dominic Moore to a one-year deal and Benoit Pouliot to a one-year deal to help the forwards and added Aaron Johnson to the blue line.
These are not flashy moves, but they add depth, which was such a major issue last season.
They were exposed by the Boston Bruins, who have a lot of depth. Now with Moore and Pouliot, the Rangers have scoring threats for the third and fourth line.
Pouliot scored eight goals last season and had 16 goals the season before. He'll see some time on the power play as well.
Moore did not play last season, but he is an excellent penalty killer who can put the puck in the net. He scored 18 goals in 2010-11.
If anything, these signings will take some of the pressure off of Rick Nash. For too much of the season, Nash had to do it single-handedly. Now, when Nash is not performing—like in the playoffs last season—they have players to pick up the slack.
Johnson is capable of serving as a sixth or seventh defenseman. Along with Justin Falk and Danny Syvret, the Rangers have more options should a defender go down.
Under-the-radar moves like the ones the Rangers made are the type that help teams get better. Instead of big, flashy signings, the Rangers filled holes quietly and might end up being better for it.