The Rangers acquire defenseman Christian Backman (Box 10) from the Blues for a fourth round pick in 2008.
|To Rangers||Age||Games||Points||Contract (July 1st)|
|Christian Backman, D||27||45||10||1-year, $2.3 million|
|To St. Louis|
|2008 4th Round Pick|
The Rangers added a more veteran defender in Backman on Tuesday for a cheap round pick from St. Louis, who was probably looking to move his $2.3 million salary for some creativity in the summer.
The only question about the Rangers is when Paul Mara (Box 17) gets back from his facial injury, who is the odd man out again? The Rangers didn't move Mara or Marek Malik (Box 22), who were both sitting in the doghouse, so there is now yet another defenseman who is going to look for ice-time in the near future.