Yesterday Andrew Gross reported that the Rangers are interested in adding a veteran defenseman to the roster and today Katie Strang at ESPN NY adds a familiar name to the list of possible additions. Strang is reporting that the Rangers, along with the Islanders, have expressed interest in Paul Mara joining their respective clubs. Strang has the following quote from Mara’s agent Matt Keator:
"We've talked to both teams and they seem to be interested in him."
Bringing in a veteran is not necessarily a bad thing for those concerned with it going away from the youth movement because not all young players are actually ready. If Staal and Sauer are healthy than I think the Rangers have enough in house with Erixon and Eminger at least to fill out the third pair. If either of those projected top 4 defenders are not ready than the Rangers could likely use another defender without forcing Del Zotto or Valentenko into the lineup.
Whether Paul Mara is the right guy to bring in or not is a different conversation entirely. While Mara is a very good presence in the locker room and has a history with Tortorella both in Tampa Bay and New York it is unclear how much he actually has left in the tank on the ice. The most intriguing part of Mara for me is how good he was playing with rookie defenders on the third pair while he was here and helping them adjust to the NHL. That piece of Mara and how he conducts himself does intrigue me about a potential reunion with the Rangers.