Just in the last half hour, the New York Rangers released the full training camp roster for the team's upcoming camp. Of course the usual suspects are on the list including unsigned center Brandon Dubinsky. However there is one name that will jump out at you as not a New York Ranger right now. Click here for the full roster.
It has been known that the Rangers are looking for a veteran defenseman to anchor the lower pairings so that John Tortorella is not forced to play two rookie defensemen. Rumors of going after players like Francis Bouillon and Dennis Seidenberg have been abound in recent weeks, but a new name has been thrown into the pot.
It seems Kyle McLaren has been given a tryout by the New York Rangers, as his name appears on the roster. Known for his highly physical play, McLaren used to be one of the biggest hitters in the NHL. Looking on Youtube you will see numerous examples of McLaren's hip check expertise as well as his infamous elbow to the head of Richard Zednik (he just has the worst luck).
Obviously McLaren has had problems with his conditioning in recent years and has not played in the NHL since the 2007-2008 season with the San Jose Sharks. He spent part of last season in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks. San Jose attempted to trade him to the Philadelphia Flyers but McLaren failed a physical and was not allowed to play for the Flyers because of an injured hand. He has had problems with his defensive positioning recently and is not a big point scorer.
However the Rangers are not looking for points from the blue line as they have Rozsival and Redden to do that. New York needs a guy who can go out and throw the big hits and be a physical force on the ice. If McLaren can show his hand has healed and is at 100% and he can still be a solid defenseman, do not be surprised to see him on the ice October 2nd.