Rangers add depth with Stoll signing


With nothing going on in the dog days of summer, the Rangers made a move to bolster depth by signing Jarrett Stoll. The former King recently was in trouble with the law pleading guilty in June to a felony cocaine case from an April arrest in Las Vegas. He was sentenced to 32 hours of community service.

The 33-year old Stoll agreed to a one-year deal worth $800,000. He posted six goals and 11 assists in 73 contests for Los Angeles in ’14-15. A member of both Kings’ Stanley Cups including their five-game series win over the Rangers in 2014, Stoll is 55.4 percent for his career on faceoffs. An area that’s been a sore spot. Also a righty who uses his 6-1, 213-pound frame to go to the net, he should help assuming he makes the roster.

Let’s face it. The Blueshirts lack a consistent faceoff man. Dominic Moore was their best going 585-and-489. He was the only player over .500. By adding Stoll, it gives them two reliable checking centers who are good in the faceoff dot. The only question is what does he have left. He certainly can add a physical element throwing his weight around. He recorded 167 hits last season and also blocked 57 shots. Stoll can be used on the penalty kill. But he shouldn’t have a big role. He hasn’t scored double digits in goals since ’10-11.

With the Stoll signing, it probably means Oscar Lindberg starts the year with Hartford. He recently signed a two-year contract. Many fans want to see what he can do after a good season with the Wolf Pack. Does Rangers brass with the additions of Stoll and Viktor Stalberg? Some have speculated that his addition could spell the end for Tanner Glass. Glass is owed $2.85 million over the next two seasons. Until coach Alain Vigneault agrees, we’ll have to wait and see. Vigneault loves Glass and played him the entire playoffs despite contributing one assist in 19 games. Cutting him makes sense to save money. If they place him on waivers this Fall, he’ll probably pass and be assigned to Hartford.

As for the projected lineup, it remains to be seen where there’s room for Lindberg. The Blueshirts added Emerson Etem in a salary dump for Carl Hagelin, who remains unsigned with the Ducks. Etem is expected to play on the third line with Kevin Hayes. Will it be Jesper Fast on the right side with J.T. Miller starting on the top line with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider? Or is the plan with signing Stoll to shift Hayes to the wing?

Projected NYR Forwards

Kreider-Stepan-Miller

Zuccarello-Brassard-Nash

Etem-Hayes-Fast

Stalberg-Moore-Stoll

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About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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