Center Dominic Moore - whose wife, by the way, unfortunately passed away after battling cancer. Our condolences to him - was drafted by and started his career with the New York Rangers. And according to ESPN New York's Katie Strang, a reunion could be possible. In a chat today Katie was asked about potential additions for the Rangers and she replied with the following:
"I believe the Rangers will look into the possibility of acquiring Dominic Moore. Need a depth defenseman as well."
Depth defenseman might be a concern worth discussing, but for now let's concentrate on Moore. Currently a free agent, Dominic is a player who would fit John Tortorella's system and philosophies very well. He has decent wheels, is a defensively sound center who loves to PK and has a decent scoring touch as well. Michael Haley is a decent call-up option and Newbury is a capable emergency option for a game or two, but the Rangers wouldn't hurt to add a superior forward option.
Bringing in Moore would raise questions, though. I don't believe he would sign here with the intentions of being the 13th forward, so what spot does he fill and who starts the season in the press box? Do you stick Moore on the third line and push Boyle down to 4th? Or just stick Moore on the fourth line? And considering Moore is great on faceoffs and reliable defensively what does that make Halpern's purpose? Is he okay with spending majority of the season as a scratch? Though he is naturally a center and his skill-set best suits that position, he has played on the left wing in the past. So perhaps he could get icetime there as well.
Competition and options are two things that John Tortorella would love. A well-rounded, experienced forward capable of playing different roles and positions would be a great asset for Tortorella, both to utilize and to use to keep the bottom-six forwards honest. Of course, this is mostly speculation at this point; Strang makes no indication that Moore would necessarily have any interest in signing here and who knows what kind of contract he is seeking. And perhaps he might (understandably) opt to sit out this shortened season in order to deal with his personal life. At the very least, he will likely want to take some time before even thinking about contract negotiations and continuing his career. Still, I think the Rangers will attempt to add another forward one way or another and Dominic Moore makes about as much sense as anyone.
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I have to say this...I feel a bit creepy even speculating about who he might be playing for this season on the very day after his wife dies of cancer,it's in really bad taste.I have a pretty strong feeling that Katie Strang hadn't heard the traging news yet when she posted that speculation.
The Rangers have enough bottom 6 forwards. Maybe if Halpern wasn't around I'd be more for it.... sad to hear about Moore's wife.
I think we should have got him instead of Halpern. I love Moore for this team. That being said, so tragic about his wife. Nobody should have to go through a tragedy like that.
Very sad situation with Moore's wife passing away, you have to wonder if the guy is ready to pick up with a new team at the moment.
Since I'm not 100% sold on Krieder making the team, I like the idea of bringing in Moore, I was a big fan of his during his time here. Even with Krieder, our 13th foward is Haley, with Rupp and Asham on the 4th line. I know Torts usually plays 3 lines, but I'm not thrilled with our depth. Hopefully Rupp can rebound after a disappointing year, and Asham can play a disciplined game.
Terrible hear about Dom's wife. As Adam says he'd fit perfectly into Torts system. Doubt hockey is really on his mind. Could be a much needed distraction tho.
He only plays well against the Rangers, he can't play against the Rangers if he is a Ranger. No bueno.
Has boyle ever played Left Wing? Put Moore as third center drop Boyle to fourth LW and move Rupp out as an alternate with Asham. No need for both of them in the lineup together.
Yeah that is a shame I really liked him in the lineup. Hope he and his family is doing as well as can be expected #RIP
Were you the Adam who said your source has NYR/NYI on Jan 19 as 100% final? That's got you written all over it.
Could still sign him and have asham be scratched vs teams where his fighting isn't necessary (still have rupp and bickel)
@nyny6464 No disrespect to him or her memory was intended. This is a Rangers blog and we're giving our thoughts on speculation about the team. Plus, Adam did the right thing by first and foremost giving our condolences.
And to call anything about this blog which raised $7,000 in the memory of Derek Boogaard tasteless is way off base: http://www.nyrangersblog.com/2011-articles/june/did-we-really-raise-7000-for-defending-the-blue-line.html
@TheWrage Yes, because if I had that information I wouldn't break it on the blog but instead announce it on an ESPN chat. You know me so well!
@KevinDeLury @nyny6464 Sorry Kevin but I too found the post a bit creepy and in a way insensitive. Just because you raised money a couple of years ago doesn't get your blog a "get out of jail card."Guy loses his wife to cancer and here you guys are "speculating" about him joining the Rangers. Yes you guys looked really caring with all 4 of the words that were spent showing sympathy. Sorry Kevin I really like you but on this one I think you guys made the wrong call.
@TheProspectpark @KevinDeLury @nyny6464 wrong or not wrong, this ugliness reminds me of a quote: "In examining my own behavior I too have been guilty of using social behavior to trash players, coaches and my favorite target Gary Bettman. I tend to make smartass remarks about those folks but a case can be made that I too have to change my own behavior. Maybe this is a good time for all of us to look at our own behaviors and stop hiding behind the internet to trash others. It makes us all look bad."- your words not mine.