I really hope so considering they have about 14 forwards and 7 D as of now. This is not including prospects which could push for a spot. Overfilled so far.
Overfilled? Our lack of depth was what took us down last year. With Gaborik injured, we mostly lost our top offensive player and didn't have much to fill that gap. Our defensemen were gassed because we only had at most 5 dmen to rely on in the playoffs.
We got trounced by Ryan Carter and the Devils fourth line. We had Eminger and Bickel on ours at times, and look where that got us.
We needed depth before this move, especially someone else to take face offs. If anything, we still need to upgrade some of the depth we have now.
Another solid depth signing. I don't envision the cap hit will be too much. I'll reiterate what most other posters have said: I think all these depth signing will payoff late in the season. I love looking at everyone's "makes perfect sense" projected line combinations for next year even though we all know Torts is going to move players around game to game.
Except at least (1) of Dubinsky/Anisimov (if they stay) will not be in the bottom-six this year. 34 goals from the bottom 6 is not very much either.
The average team last year probably scored about 220 goals give or take. That means 186 goals need to be scored by your top 6 and d-men. That's about 25 goals per top-six forward and 36 from your d-men, which would mean 6 for each of them. Need more bottom-six goal production.
Rangers are now in a better position in case they have to trade away 2 of their forwards, but they still needed a spare forward regardless. I don't think this is a precursor to anything, at least not immediately. It was reported again today that Howson is refusing to lower his demands and that the Nash saga isn't close to ending.