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Per a transcribed interview with Elliotte Freidman on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 this morning, the Rangers are interested in Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera. Friedman notes that cap space is a problem, and that the Rangers are looking at this season as an “all-in” season. This confirms what Friedman said in November regarding the Rangers’ interest in Sekera.

Sekera would be a boost to the Rangers third pairing in place of John Moore/Matt Hunwick. He carries a $2.75 million cap hit this season, and the Rangers should be able to get him under the cap at the prorated amount ($1.375 million, since they would only be taking him for half the season. That number goes down as the calendar year moves on). Of course, the Rangers could move one of Moore/Hunwick to make room for Sekera, which opens up more cap space.

Sekera could also replace Marc Staal on the second pairing if Staal and the Rangers can’t agree to terms before the trade deadline.

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Per Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers have expressed interest in Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera. Sekera, a left-handed shot, had a career year last season, putting up 11-33-44 with a poor Hurricanes squad. This season, Sekera has four assists in nine games, but is still on pace for about 40 points. At $2.75 million this season, the Rangers can actually fit him under the cap without moving salary (which is not what I expected, but Capgeek is never wrong), but his cost is limited somewhat since he is a UFA at the end of the year.

Sekera would certainly be a boost to a decimated blue line in the immediate term. He’d also be a considerable boost over John Moore on the third pairing, if it comes down to that.

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