The New York Rangers' biggest move of the off-season was acquiring Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets. However, when the Blueshirts hit the ice at the start of the 2012-13 season (whenever that will be), the biggest changes that fans will see are the forwards that will play on the bottom two lines.
In the off-season, the Rangers cut ties with forwards John Mitchell, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Brandon Prust. In order to replace them, general manager Glen Sather made three signings, and brought Taylor Pyatt, Arron Asham, and Jeff Halpern into the fold.
In essence, the three signings the Blueshirts made replaces each role player that was lost. The signing of Pyatt is meant to replace Fedotenko, who was a mainstay on the Rangers' third line in 2011-12. The purpose of signing Asham, who will become the first player to play for all five Atlantic Division teams, is to bring in toughness that was lost as a result of Prust's departure. And the addition of Halpern replaces Mitchell as a depth center and faceoff specialist.