- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
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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.
The New York Rangers took a one-year chance on mercurial winger Alexander Frolov, added a veteran backup goalie in Martin Biron and hope to complete a deal with Marc Staal soon. And E.J. Hradek says to keep an eye on Mats Zuccarello Aasen.