Rangers are currently in talks with Mikhail Pashnin, hard hitting defenseman from Russia and former Rangers draft pick in 09'. Should be signed shortly, link below. Pashnin is 6'1 191, 22 years old, and is known to be a punishing hitter. Most likely he will start the season for the Whale in Hartford. Also, not that it matters much but Ek has E4'd trade talks between the Rangers and Habs which would send E.C to Montreal.