Toronto Maple Leafs general manager, Dave Nonis, continued to re-shape the team’s defence on Wednesday with the signing of Paul Ranger on a one-year contract.

The organisation have successfully signed Ranger just a day after rookie defencemen Carl Gunnarsson joined the ranks. 

Ranger has not played NHL level hockey since his short eight-game stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009/10. The defencemen spent all of last season with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL.

I believe this is a fantastic signing for the Leafs - I don’t believe it will take long for Ranger to acclimatise to the NHL again and at age 29, he’ll certainly be able to help the rookie defencemen on the team improve their skills too.

Ranger’s got size, speed and isn’t afraid to shoot the puck or throw his weight around. The $1 million price tag is quite a bargain for Leafs as well.

This signing will certainly provide head coach Randy Carlyle with a lot more depth in the defensive end. I’m sure Ranger will be one of the candidates for at least the second powerplay line.

I believe that Ranger will end up being on the second line with either John-Michael Liles or Cody Franson. In fact, he may even be put on the top line with Dion Phaneuf.

Either way, I believe this is the perfect team for Ranger to continue his NHL career.

Nonis got a huge bargain with this signing. However, there is still plenty of work to be done.

Regardless, the organisation is certainly heading in the right direction with their recent signings and I can’t wait to see how Ranger will impact the team next season.   

 

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