Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rumor: Rangers In Contract Negotiations With Defenseman Sami Lepisto

I'm very skeptical of translated news stories because one wrong word can completly change the context of the entire story. But, a report from a Finnish website indicates that the Rangers may be in contract negotiations with defenseman Sami Lepisto, who played last year with Phoenix and Columbus.

Lepisto is currently a UFA and earned $800k last season. If the report is true then it's likely a move to add to the depth on defense. There's a possibility that Del Zotto or some of the other potential young defensive prospects won't make the team, so Lepisto could just be an insurance policy. The Rangers will likely try and sign him to a two-way contract.

The original article is here and the translated article here

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