New York Rangers Sign Taylor Pyatt: What is the Next Move?

Brandon GudovitzCorrespondent IIJuly 3, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 22:  Taylor Pyatt #14 of the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 22, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers have been sitting fairly idle during this free agency period. 

Their newest addition is Taylor Pyatt, who signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract, according to Katie Strang of ESPN New York.

This signing, much like the signings of Asham and Haley, does not immediately address their scoring. But, this signing could be the early workings of a significant move to come. 

Pyatt only registered 19 points in 73 games last season. This former first-rounder has never surpassed 25 goals in a season, but does have good size. 

Pyatt will give the Rangers a little more depth on their third and fourth line. 

It seems fairly clear the Rangers are not active in the Suter/Parise sweepstakes and have already lost out on the Justin Schultz sweepstakes. It appears the Rangers are more willing to trade for a top-six forward as opposed to signing on via free agency. 

Now, to speculate. 

Dubinsky is a center who has been playing the wing. Stepan's name seems to keep coming up in trade talk. The Rangers might look to move Dubinsky back to center and trade some youth for a top six forward. 

I foresee the Rangers making a major offer for either Columbus' Rick Nash or Anaheim's Bobby Ryan in the next few weeks.


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