Kevin Allen, in an interview with Pro Hockey Rumors, pointed to the Rangers as one of the teams that he felt has had the best offseason. (Pro Hockey Rumors)
Allen notes the improved speed of the team with Michael Grabner, the addition of Pavel Buchnevich and how they "stunned" many by landing Jimmy Vesey. (Pro Hockey Rumors)
Allen also says that Nick Holden "wasn't a bad pick up" and that they moved a player in Derick Brassard to get a younger and bigger center in Mika Zibanejad. (Pro Hockey Rumors)
Matt Larkin writes in The Hockey News that the Rangers "stealthily" changed things over the past month and that while no one move felt "epic" when you combine them all together Gorton made the Rangers younger and "significantly raised" their ceiling up front. (The Hockey News)
After signing Jimmy Vesey but before signing Brandon Pirri, Jeff Gorton said on a conference call that he wouldn't use the word "satisfied" when talking about the team but said that he is happy with the players they have and the youth that has been added.
Adam Rotter: There is definitely a lot more speed, youth and potential upside with this Rangers team, at least up front, than the team that seemed to fall apart against the Penguins in Games 4 and 5. There is a lot to look forward to with Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey all 23 or younger as well as the new speed they and others bring to the table.
It's just on defense where things didn't or couldn't change much other than adding Nick Holden and possibly Adam Clendening. Brady Skjei is an upgrade over Dan Boyle and while the Rangers will miss Keith Yandle, everything rests on the two players with the no-move clauses. The Rangers are banking on Dan Girardi bouncing back and Marc Staal playing a more consistent game. They have control over their careers right now and you can only hope that they will be better than last season.