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Brady Skjei described fellow University of Minnesota defenseman Ryan Lindgren as a "character player" and someone that can shut down the other team's top line. (NYR)

Chris Drury said that the Rangers view Lindgren as someone who can help set "the right culture" for the team moving forward. (The Athletic)

Lindgren is considered to be more of a "throwback" type of shutdown defenseman and Chris Drury said that he was someone the Rangers wanted from Boston because of his character, leadership and compete levels. (The Athletic)

Lindgren skates well, move the puck "competently" and is a "great defender who battles at a high-end level." (The Athletic)

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Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury said that the organization's priorities moving forward are to add "young, competitive players with speed and skill and 'a premium on high character.'"

When Jeff Gorton and Glen Sather wrote a letter to the fans announcing that the team was intending to sell at the deadline, they said that their focus was going to be "adding young, competitive players that combine speed, skill and character."

When Gorton and Sather met with the media following the release of the letter, Gorton said "we want fast players, character players, guys we can build our team around. That is what we will be looking for."

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3/22/18 | 4:19PM: Lindgren will report to Hartford and play the rest of the season on an ATO. (Brooks)

His contract will begin next season. (Brooks)

3:06PM: The Rangers have confirmed the Lindgren signing.

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Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

At and around the trading deadline, the Rangers adding the following prospects:

  • Ryan Lindgren, Yegor Rykov, Brett Howden, Libor Hajek

In The Hockey News Yearbook over the summer, Lindgren was ranked as the Bruins 4th prospect and they wrote "Makes up for a lack of size with passion. He's likely to turn pro after sophomore season."

In The Hockey News Yearbook over the summer, Hajek was ranked as Tampa Bay's 3rd prospect, saying "a smart defender who doesn't force plays on the rush. His skating has improve."

In The Hockey News Yearbook over the summer, Howden was ranked as Tampa Bay's 7th prospect, saying "Captain got pro taste with eight AHL games late last season. A 200ft player."

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