New York Rangers News: John Moore, Rangers agree to qualifying offer

The Rangers roster gets closer by the day to what it will look like come opening day, and on Wednesday, the team took another step toward rounding it out.

It was only a matter of time, right? Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the New York Rangers and John Moore reached a one-year deal on Wednesday coming in at $850,500, or the qualifying offer the restricted free agent. Moore, who played on the Rangers third defensive pairing, and second power play unit, will likely see similar responsibilities and minutes for the upcoming season.

Moore originally came to the Rangers via Columbus and the Marian Gaborik trade during the 2012-13 season. He was a stalwart on the team's blue line a year ago, playing in 74 games, fourth-most among any defensemen. He also was third among that group in goals (4), assists (11), while third in points (18). Those aren't eye-popping numbers by any stretch, but Moore see time on the Rangers power play, and is a strong skating, puck moving defenseman, the likes of which fits into Alain Vigneault's system.