Larry Brooks at the New York Post speculates that the Rangers are likely to pursue Capitals UFA Matt Hendricks this summer.
Brooks adds that the 32-year old Hendricks is a "jagged-edged center" who kills penalties and fits the "Black-and-Blueshirt" mold.
Hendricks, who was being paid $825,000 per, had 5g, 3a and was a -6 last season. He was also a 57% faceoff man during the regular season, however, that dipped to 40% in the Capitals series against the Rangers in which he also went scoreless.
…an older depth player, who doesn't score, is good on the penalty kill and can win faceoffs? Sounds like exactly what we heard about Jeff Halpern. How'd that work out?
…also just looking at the Rangers free agency situation, there really isn't any room for Hendricks on the roster, unless Sather makes a trade this offseason. Fourth liners such as Powe, Asham, Newbury, Boyle and Pyatt are all under contract next season. The only free agents the Rangers have are Clowe, Stepan, Hagelin and Zuccarello. And while I expect all three of the younger Rangers back, if the Rangers decide to pass on Clowe, I don't see Hendricks as a suitable replacement.
…plus the guy only won 40% of his faceoffs against the Rangers and we stink.