Read: Kris Newbury Wants To Make The Rangers

At Howlings, Bruce Berlet spoke with Kris Newbury who said that he is focused on making the Rangers this season.

He doesn’t see the Rangers addition of Brad Richards as something that could stop him from making the team:

“I don’t think (signing Richards) really affects me,” Newbury said. “He’s a different kind of player than me, a skilled guy, but I think getting him was good. At the end of the day, you want to be on a team that has a chance to win.”

Newbury played 11 games for the Rangers last season. He averaged 7:38 per game, had an assist and three fights.

He is in the last year of his contract which has an NHL cap hit of $512,000 and an AHL salary of $250,000.

Chad Kolarik pushed Newbury off the bench last season. John Tortorella was impressed with Newbury last season.

I like Newbury, but he seems more likely to alternate with Dale Weise as the guy who gets called up due to injury. He is tough and wins faceoffs, but he isn’t a better player than Brian Boyle or Derek Stepan.