Dane Byers, an RFA, is a RFA no more as he re-signed with the Rangers this afternoon. It is a good thing since most everyone has him penciled in the opening night lineup. Playing with Hartford, he missed most of last season with injury but made it back in time for the playoffs. If he shows up to camp in shape and works hard, his big league roster spot is almost a sure thing this fall.
Byers is a big kid who is not afraid of working in the trenches. He will go to the front of the net and battle for position; we should love him in the Garden. There is a lot of potential there and his upside is as second-line power forward. But in the short term, At the least, Byers will be a solid checking line grinder while he gets some NHL experience under his belt. I'm definitely looking forward to watching him.