NHL Free Agency 2012, New York Rangers: Blueshirts Quiet Thus Far

What will the New York Rangers be able to accomplish during the free agency period?

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2012 NHL Free Agency: Taylor Pyatt Agrees To Deal With New York Rangers, According To Report

The New York Rangers signed forward Taylor Pyatt on Tuesday to a two-year, $3.1 million contract, according to a report (via Pro Hockey Talk).

The 11-year veteran has spent the last three seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes scoring an average of 13 goals per season, though his total fell to a low of nine goals with Phoenix last season as his ice time fell. In the playoffs last season, Pyatt had four goals and two assists for Phoenix. For his career, Pyatt has scored 130 goals to go with 134 assists. He hasn't been much of a factor on the power-play since he was with the Canucks in 2006-2009.

The Rangers have been seeking to upgrade their offense. Pyatt, a first-round pick of the New York islanders in 1999, may be a piece of the puzzle. His declining production, though, tells you he isn't the entire answer.

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2012 NHL Free Agency: Stu Bickel Re-Signs With Rangers

The 2012 NHL free agency period begin Sunday, and the New York Rangers haven't made any big splashes yet, but they did re-sign a key player on their blueline. The Rangers and defenseman Stu Bickel agreed in terms to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.

The move adds depth and toughness to the Rangers' defense, which was key in helping the Blueshirts make it to the Eastern Conference Final. Bickel is expected to earn a roster spot as a third or fourth defensemen.

Last season, Bickel, 25, played in 27 games and compiled a plus/minus of plus-four. Bickel also had 80 penalty minutes, one goal and three assists.

Expect this to not be the last free-agent move the Rangers make on defense.

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2012 Rangers Offseason: Justin Schultz Goes To Edmonton Oilers

After courting prized defenseman Justin Schultz for quite some time, the New York Rangers came up empty.

Schultz spurned the Big Apple for a slice of western Canada, and will sign with the Edmonton Oilers, according to the team's official Twitter account.

Schultz was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks back in 2008, but their rights to him ran out this summer after he played at the University of Wisconsin for four seasons. He became the hottest rookie free agent on the market, having his pick of multiple teams before deciding a future with Edmonton.

According to Mark Spector, Schultz will have a cap hit of $3.775 million. Not bad for a guy who has never even played a second in an NHL game.

Schultz was being pursued by the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild along with the Rangers and Oilers. However, he ultimately went with a very young yet up-and-coming team that with the bevy of talent it possesses, could be very dangerous sooner rather than later.

All is not lost for New York, who could certainly use that money on a goal-scoring forward. Time will tell what general manager Glen Sather has in mind.

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