The New York Rangers Bring Back 3 Players Including The Emotional Return Of Dominic Moore
The Rangers have mostly sat out the free agent frenzy that took place over the 1st week of the free agency period, but that doesn't mean they haven't been active. Anything but.
As expected the Rangers bring back hulking defenseman Ryan McDonagh. No surprise here as he is 1 of the top backliners in the entire NHL. What is a surprise is the great deal the Rangers made for themselves. McDonagh inks a 6 year deal for around 24 million dollars, a steal by today's prices for top blueliners. McDonagh was a restricted free agent.
The Rangers also announced they have re-signed winger Carl Hagelin. The fast improving Hagelin was also a restricted free agent. he gets a 2 year deal which will pay " hags" 2.1 million in year 1 and 2.4 million in year 2. Hagelin combined with Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan on the most potent and consistent line for the Rangers in 2013.
However if you like stories that tug at your heart string, the most emotional return will be that of center Dominic Moore. Moore played with the Rangers for 3 years from 2003 through 2006. He was originally drafted by New York in 2000. However Moore has been well traveled in his career, playing for 9 teams. But the heartwarming story took a tragic turn for the 32 year old center when his wife,Katie, died after a battle with a devastating and rare form of liver cancer.
Moore hasn't played in the NHL since the lockout, deciding to stay away from the game and care for his wife. The offers came in but Moore stayed away. Now the grinding center has decided to return and claims he only wanted to return to the Rangers saying " There is no doubt that coming back to New York was what I wanted to happen or that it was my 1st choice. For a variety of reasons I have always been drawn back here. I am glad it came to fruition. It's just the atmosphere and there is something special about MSG that everyone knows. I can't wait to be back and put that Ranger jersey back on. It's going to be a great feeling."
Moore has started a new foundation to honor his wife. You can get more information at KatieMoore.org........