New York Rangers Sign Journeyman Defender Brendan Bell

Brandon GudovitzCorrespondent IIAugust 11, 2011

OTTAWA - MARCH 5:  Dustin Penner #27 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against Brendan Bell #9 of the Ottawa Senators during the game on March 5, 2009 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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Although this wasn't the most exciting signing of this year's offseason, it still could make an impact on the New York Rangers' roster this up coming season.

The New York Rangers countered the Mikhail Pashnin-to-the-KHL move by signing journeyman defender Brendan Bell, according to the team.

At 28 years old, the 6'1", 205-pound defenseman has seen time with the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs, posting a career total 28 points in 101 games. 

Analyzing this move for the Rangers would suggest that he will be placed in the minor leagues, where he has spent most of his career.  His time in the minors could help the Rangers' young prospects learn what is necessary to make the transition from the AHL to the NHL.

To play devil's advocate, the Rangers already have depth in the defensive position and could be looking to make a move for a sure NHL caliber defensive man.

As it stands, the Rangers have several valuable defenseman in the minors in Tomas Kundratek, Pavel Valentenko and Michael Del Zotto.  One of those three should make the jump to the Rangers' starting roster, while another might be suiting up for a new team by the end of the season.   

Michael Del Zotto has already seen time with the Rangers his rookie season. He started off on fire but simmered down as the season continued. The Rangers then demoted Del Zotto last season to continue to work on his game. He was called up for a total of 47 games last year, but was still unable to reproduce that rookie magic.

The Rangers might give him one more opportunity with the club to decide whether he will fit the mold or if it is time to move on.