Center Dominic Moore – whose wife, by the way, unfortunately passed away after battling cancer. Our condolences to him – was drafted by and started his career with the New York Rangers. And according to ESPN New York's Katie Strang, a reunion could be possible. In a chat today Katie was asked about potential additions for the Rangers and she replied with the following:
"I believe the Rangers will look into the possibility of acquiring Dominic Moore. Need a depth defenseman as well."
Depth defenseman might be a concern worth discussing, but for now let's concentrate on Moore. Currently a free agent, Dominic is a player who would fit John Tortorella's system and philosophies very well. He has decent wheels, is a defensively sound center who loves to PK and has a decent scoring touch as well. Michael Haley is a decent call-up option and Newbury is a capable emergency option for a game or two, but the Rangers wouldn't hurt to add a superior forward option.
Bringing in Moore would raise questions, though. I don't believe he would sign here with the intentions of being the 13th forward, so what spot does he fill and who starts the season in the press box? Do you stick Moore on the third line and push Boyle down to 4th? Or just stick Moore on the fourth line? And considering Moore is great on faceoffs and reliable defensively what does that make Halpern's purpose? Is he okay with spending majority of the season as a scratch? Though he is naturally a center and his skill-set best suits that position, he has played on the left wing in the past. So perhaps he could get icetime there as well.
Competition and options are two things that John Tortorella would love. A well-rounded, experienced forward capable of playing different roles and positions would be a great asset for Tortorella, both to utilize and to use to keep the bottom-six forwards honest. Of course, this is mostly speculation at this point; Strang makes no indication that Moore would necessarily have any interest in signing here and who knows what kind of contract he is seeking. And perhaps he might (understandably) opt to sit out this shortened season in order to deal with his personal life. At the very least, he will likely want to take some time before even thinking about contract negotiations and continuing his career. Still, I think the Rangers will attempt to add another forward one way or another and Dominic Moore makes about as much sense as anyone.
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