Business isn’t over yet. The Rangers signed free agent forwards Greg McKegg and Danny O’Regan. They just announced it on Twitter.
While O’Regan certainly is Hartford bound as a veteran presence to help the younger players for the Wolf Pack, McKegg was a key fourth liner for the Hurricanes during their run to the Eastern Conference Final. A 27-year old veteran who’s played with five teams since ’13-14, McKegg established himself under Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour.
Playing in a career high 41 games for one team, he established career bests in goals (6), assists (5) and points (11) for the Canes. A gritty player, McKegg can be a support player if he makes the roster. He scored two goals in the playoffs for Carolina while getting 10:44 of ice-time.
There’s nothing wrong with adding a good character, role player who should be helpful in the room. The Rangers don’t have much experience. This is an example of a smart signing.
Are they still in on free agent center Brian Boyle? A Broadway reunion on a short term deal could make sense. But it largely depends on how they view the center position that includes Lias Andersson, Brett Howden, Boo Nieves and Filip Chytil, whose natural position is center.
We’ll have to wait and see.j