The last thing I want is the Paul Mara's of the league replacing Sauer and Staal, but from a character stand point I love Paul. Wouldn't want him on the team unless absolutely necessary, but if he is here maybe he can show Dubi how to grow a real playoff beard .
IF they explore Mara, doesn't that imply that the Staal and Sauer's injuries aren't short term?
I sense that as well. Also the Gunnarsson rumors keep popping up. Therefore I expect to see some movement (might be minor though) on the backend within 36 hours. Then again, a big splash is not totally outside of realistic alternatives if both Sauer & Staal have what might be feared to be longer term setbacks (which I know nothing of - but IF the Rangers brass and doctors know this the game plan definitely has changed)...
Mara is a great teammate and a decent defenseman. I wouldn't mind him back on the Rangers, he would be cheap and fill a role that maybe some of these rookies won't be able to. We don't have the best depth in the defense department regarding experienced guys.