The New York Rangers have signed Andrew Desjardins to a professional tryout according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, bringing the 31-year old in to compete for a spot. Desjardins is coming off a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, but took a big step backwards last season.
In 46 games, Desjardins registered just a single point and was limited to fewer than ten minutes a night. His role on the team was very diminished, and his play suffered because of it. Still, he does have more than 400 games of NHL experience and was once a pretty effective fourth line center. For a team like the Rangers who have depth issues down the middle, bringing him into camp is a no-risk move.
One of the biggest questions of this offseason is what the Rangers will do at the center position. After trading away Derek Stepan and losing Oscar Lindberg to Vegas, the team has Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes penciled into their top two spots. After that it’s anyone’s guess at this point, as youngster Lias Andersson, David Desharnais, Boo Nieves and Vinni Lettieri are all in contention for some combination of the last two spots. J.T. Miller remains an option if the team wants to move him back to center, but reducing his minutes doesn’t seem like a wise choice.