Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rangers Sign D Brendan Bell

This afternoon the New York Rangers announced that they signed defenseman Brendan Bell to a contract.  Bell, 28, has not played in the NHL since the 2008-09 season with the Ottawa Senators and spent last season in the Swiss Elite League.  Bell comes in at 6’ 1” 205lb and has the physical size and strength to his advantage, but his skating is very weak and he is a depth type move for the AHL with Mikhail Pashnin staying in Russia and not a legitimate threat to the NHL roster.

The numbers on defense are getting pretty crowded, so there is always the possibility of a trade down the road, but likely won't happen unless Sather gets exactly what he wants in return.