Other free agent defensemen of interest

June 28, 2012, by

We’ve already covered some of the more intriguing players that will be available via free agency, but it doesn’t appear likely that the big-ticket guys like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will end up in New York.  The 2012 free agent class is extremely thin, but at the draft last weekend GM Glen Sather confidently stated the team would still be “fairly aggressive” in free agency.  So who else could the organization pursue on July 1st?

Yesterday we looked at the forwards; today we’ll examine the defensemen.

The Offensive Defensemen

Jason Garrison – Earned himself a huge payday with a surprise season.  Rocket of a shot could appeal to the Rangers.  Is this what Sather means when he says he’ll be “aggressive” in free agency?

Matt Carle – In line for an unreasonably large payday, unlikely the Rangers will be interested.

Joe Corvo – On again, off again offensively.  Can be a liability defensively.  Not a good fit.

Sheldon Souray – Turned down a one-year, $3 million offer from the Stars already.  Rangers have been interested in the past, might be again, but money and durability are concerns.

Sami Salo – Has a bomb of a point shot, something the Rangers would like to add, so there could be a potential fit.  Has trouble staying healthy though.

The Stay-At-Home Guys

Greg Zanon – Still a pretty steady blueliner, but puck skills probably not up to John Tortorella’s liking.

The Dinosaurs

Pavel Kubina – 35-years-old and not nearly as effective as he once was.  Devils exploited him in the playoffs.

Jaroslav Spacek – Journeyman now 38-years-old, hard to imagine him on Broadway.

Bryce Salvador – Coming off a shocking playoff season that may have doubled his value.  Can clearly still play, but will also want to be paid.

Hal Gill – Hulking D-man, but can’t really skate and contributes nothing offensively.  Hard to imagine him in blue.

Adrian Aucoin – Production and health declining, will be 39-years-old on July 3rd.

The Decent Suggestions

Cory Sarich – Fell out of favor in Calgary but still a physical D-man at 6-4, 207 lbs.

Bryan Allen – Rangers have been interested before.  He’s not flashy, but stands 6-5, 226 lbs and blocks a lot of shots.

Carlo Colaiacovo – Will forever be known as “the guy the Rangers wanted for Brian Leetch” (they settled for Max Kondratiev).  Played 19 minutes a game for the league’s staunchest defensive club in St. Louis.

Chris Campoli – New York had interest last fall but eventually lost a bidding war.  May be an option as a depth D-man again.

Brett Clark – Second in the league in blocked shots and can move the puck a bit, seems like a logical fit for the Blueshirts.


It’s important to remember that the Rangers are only looking for one or two depth defensemen this summer.  Getting Suter or Garrison would be nice, but it would also be a poor allocation of resources, especially considering the young defensemen currently logging big minutes and the others well on their way.


  1. Rob sahm says:

    Mike green anyone ?

  2. Zen says:

    I expect Sather to go after Garrison or Carle, and at least check in on Suter. They also will look at a bottom pairing guy like Bryan Allen etc.

    I was hoping they could wrangle Yandle away from the Yotes, but apparently the price was way too high.

  3. AD says:

    That is a very weak bunch. For different reasons, I do not see any of these defenseman a reasonable option. As for the quality players here, how does Sather justify being aggressive in free-agency but stingy or disciplined with roster players looking for a new contract? Sends a bad message.

  4. Dave says:

    I’ve always liked Bryan Allen. Thought he was tremendous and very underrated. Could wind up being a low-risk, high-reward type of guy.

    His metrics (.033 QoC, -2.6 RCorsi) on a miserable Carolina team aren’t terrible either. Would be a solid depth addition. But…he’s a lefty shot.

    • Kevin says:

      Allen and Clark stand out to me, although I’m not excited about anyone on this list. Shouldn’t be really, a 6th D isn’t supposed to be a stud.

      • Dave says:

        True, but a bottom pairing D can make a huge difference. Allen can eat minutes.

        • Kevin says:

          Agreed, I don’t think the importance of defensive depth can be overstated. But I don’t expect to see the traditional “sexy” names people get excited about on that pair. Allen, Clark and a few others on this list would be tremendous as 6th D. But am I actually excited about any of them? Well, not really. Doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be extremely valuable.

  5. Scully says:

    If it’s anyone from this list i’d go with Garrison… The 2012-13 season will be his age 28 season so he’s just coming into his own. Though I’m not really certain we need to spend big bucks on the blue line. I’d rather have some steady stay-at-home guy who can really throw the body. We’ve already got Del Zotto and McD developing into offensive defensemen. I wouldn’t be surprised honestly if both put up 50PTS this season.

    • Kevin says:

      If Wideman got $5.2 million from Calgary yesterday, Garrison will get at least $5 million.

      • Scully says:

        Can Calgary please just blow it up and rebuild already! They keep overpaying for guys that don’t deserve it. Who do they think they are the New York Ra- :D.

  6. wwpd says:

    any insight on the alleged news the rangers are the only U.S. team to make the Schultz-list?

    • Kevin says:

      That Wisconsin connection must be pretty strong.

    • Leatherneckinlv says:

      That is a very good sign for us…Ottowa wont be in it…so really 4 teams vying for his skill set…of all the teams in contention only Vancouver and us give him a shot at a contending team…it will be interesting to see whom he chooses…We give him a team that is still rebuilding, gives opportunities to the younger players,,,is a team first mentality…great teachers for his growth as a player…the Badger connection…great city…room for him on D to play right away..

  7. MBN says:

    I always had a warm spot for Salo. Always loved his shot. Not sure if there were any other reasons I have always wanted him on Broadway.

    Wonder what his price is.

  8. Kevin says:

    Scratch Hal Gill off the list. http://bit.ly/LSmgCM

  9. mark says:

    Rangers need a physical presence (McIlrath in the future) and/or someone with a big shot for the powerplay. The penalty kills do not really respect the Rangers’ defense in terms of their shots. Need someone who can shoot off the pass. Other than that everything else is just depth consideration (unless there is a trade brewing). We already have at least 5 good defensemen without Sauer so another stay at home defensemen that can skate a little is not what is of paramount importance for this team in the regular season.

  10. paulronty says:

    Carle is the best of that bunch and Garrison may just be a one season wonder. Don’t overpay is the most important thing to keep in mind with UFA’s. Remember the Redden lesson!

  11. kgb16 says:

    We don’t have a shot from the point, we haven’t had a shot from the point for 2-3 yrs. We now have more cap space. A shot from th point gives us more ‘o and more power play (I hope). We need more ‘o and our power play has been non-existstent. So we would be spending cap space on ‘o and power play if we went after Garrsion. This fills real needs and we can still move other players to make room (Dubi, Staal). Its going to be neat to see where we land.