Last season in Colorado Nick Holden ranked third on the team in total minutes played and fourth on the team in minutes per game (21:53).
Holden's total of 1,794 minutes would have been the most on the Rangers last season and his average time on ice would only be behind Ryan McDonagh's (22:21).
Holden's former teammate in Colorado Tyson Barrie says that he has the size and "all the tools" to play on the PK or PP. (Denver Post)
Barrie says that Holden is a "proven" NHL defenseman and was a big part of the Avs. (Denver Post)
His 44.9% Corsi last season would have put him just slightly ahead of Marc Staal.
His 217 hits last season would have put him only a couple behind Tanner Glass though Glass played in 57 games compared to Holden who played in 82.
Holden, 29, is 6-4, 210 and is signed for this season and next at a cap hit of $1.65 million.
Sports Forecaster says that Holden and Barrie were "besieged" last season at even strength and that career highs in hits and blocked shots are due to spending so much time in his own zone.
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Adam Rotter: When it comes to Holden the Rangers have to hope they are in some way getting another Kevin Klein. Klein has been great at times since coming to the Rangers but mostly averages out to being a solid defender who is sometimes asked to do more than he should. Holden shoots left but can reportedly play both sides which gives the Rangers some versatility and time to decide which side they want Brady Skjei on. What Holden also does is likely block Dylan McIlarth's ascension into a consistent top-six spot as they are close in size and seem to play similar styles, but Holden has more experience.