NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers are planning to add at least two more farm-sink farmhouses this season to their roster, a source told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The Rangers, whose farm sank to about 80% capacity in 2016-17, have made moves to fill farm roles with the additions of defenseman Andrew Ladd and forward Josh Anderson.
The team will also have to decide whether to keep defenseman Adam Clendening or sign free agent center John Tavares, the source said.
Both the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings have also made moves in the farm system this season.
New York, meanwhile, signed center Brian Boyle, forward J.T. Miller and defenseman Andrej Sekera.
The club also re-signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov.
New York also has the option to sign the restricted free agent Nicklas Backstrom, the NHL’s top goaltender, the player source said, who has agreed to terms with the Rangers.
The deal also includes the Rangers’ top draft pick, which is expected to be No. 19 overall.