Rangers Sign Naslund and Kalinin, Ready to Move on Without Jagr

Mike RappaportAnalyst IIJuly 3, 2008

The Rangers are tired of playing the waiting game, and appear to be ready to move on without Jaromir Jagr. The Rangers signed 5-time all-star left wing Markus Naslund as well as defenseman Dmitri Kalinin on Thursday.

Naslund's signing gives the Rangers a veteran presence on the #1 line, which is what Jagr has provided the Rangers with from the moment he got to New York. Kalinin is a young defenseman, age 27, who adds depth to a defense that lost Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman in a trade to Columbus in a deal for right wing Nikolai Zherdev.

As the Rangers continue to add pieces to their roster, it is beginning to look like there will not be any cap space, or even roster space to add Jagr. If Jagr doesn't come back, the door still could be open for a Brendan Shanahan return, as the choice is his for whether or not he wants it.

At this point, the Ranger roster is missing one top 6 defenseman, but other than that, this could be your opening night roster for 2008-2009:

Naslund-Gomez-Zherdev
Dawes-Drury-Prucha
Korpikoski-Dubinsky-Callahan
Sjostrom-Betts-Orr
Redden-Rozsival
Staal-Girardi
Kalinin-????
Lundqvist
Valiquette                                                                                 


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