The Rangers are “severing ties with Karel Rachunek”:http://www.nypost.com/sports/rangers/rangers.htm, who was in the top 300 in the most recent Norris Trophy voting.
This was a necessary move given the defensemen in the pipeline, most notably Marc Staal, but also Thomas Pock, who may now have a chance to earn a full-time job on the backline.
Whether the Rangers pursue any other defensemen in the offseason would likely hinge on if they can move anyone else. And yes, I’m referring to future Hall of Famer Marek Malik, who hard as it may be for you to believe, is actually a player some teams would gladly take off the Rangers’ hands.
That said, I’m not convinced that’s an avenue the team wants to pursue.