Loaded on Defense, When Will The New York Rangers Trade For A Center? 1
WINDSOR, ON - MAY 28: Defenceman Sean Day #74 of the Windsor Spitfires celebrates winning the championship game of the Mastercard Memorial Cup against the Erie Otters 4-3 on May 28, 2017 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers seem to be enjoying themselves during team bonding time in Lake Placid, a prospect signs, and some more roster moves announced. 

The New York Rangers appear to be having the time of their lives while relaxing in beautiful Lake Placid this week. They held a short practice on Monday morning and then it was off to team building exercises, AKA good old-fashioned fun.

Members of the 2014 US Bobsled Olympic Team, including Bronze Medalist Jaime Greubel Poser, were on hand to watch fellow Olympian Kevin Shattenkirk and his teammates try their luck on the course.

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Luckily for veteran defenseman Marc Staal and his teammates, these ropes were pretty sturdy.

#NYR getting ready to zip line.

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Let’s all hope Anthony DeAngelo looks more comfortable running a power play than he does getting ready to zip line!

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The Rangers also announced that 20-year-old defenseman Brandon Crawley has signed his entry-level contract and will report to Hartford. The team’s fourth-round pick this past year, Crawley certainly didn’t look out of place in the preseason and was a fairly steady presence on the ice. He should see good looks in the AHL and look to make big pushes for the big club in the next two years.

In a corresponding roster move, the Rangers decided to send Sean Day back to Windsor of the OHL. It would’ve been nice to see what Day could have done at a professional level, but it should be a big boon to have him be top pair night in and night out and also, should he make the team, allow him to represent the US at the World Juniors.

On a final note, it appears once heralded goaltending prospect Brandon Halverson will be sent down to the ECHL.

Halverson was a two-time member of the United States World Junior teams but lost the starting gig on both occasions. He went on to have a mediocre OHL career before turning pro at the beginning of last season. Halverson, along with the entire Wolf Pack team, had really rough years.

This isn’t a positive sign for his future, although Jonathan Quick did spend time in the ECHL. For now, the goaltending prospect torch for the Rangers will be passed to Igor Shestyorkin and Adam Huska.

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Neal Purcell has a tremendous passion for New York Rangers hockey and the sport of hockey in general. A graduate of SUNY Cortland in Upstate NY, Purcell coaches both a high school hockey team and a travel team in the winter. Purcell is also a part of a small family business in the Central New York Region.