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Summer Skate: New York Rangers

Rangers set sights on maintaining team's young core

Updated: August 18, 2010, 1:24 PM ET
By Timo Seppa & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- New York Rangers

General manager Glen Sather's biggest move to date this offseason was the signing of talented but inconsistent ex-Kings winger Alexander Frolov, albeit to an innocuous one-year, $3 million deal. But what should be the biggest move of the offseason is hopefully still to come, and that's the re-signing of 23-year-old rearguard Marc Staal, who's on the verge of becoming a legitimate No. 1 defenseman for the Rangers. Unfortunately, by playing in front of elite goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, New York's fine young defense corps generally doesn't get the credit it deserves.