Bryan McCabe brings experience, leadership and a booming shot on the power-play to the Rangers, all assets that New York considered when they identified McCabe as a trade target weeks ago.

Before completing the deal, Florida wanted to test his market value before hammering down on the specifics of the trade with the Rangers. The Panthers also needed the go ahead from McCabe to get it done.

The veteran defenseman is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July, however, New York isn't ruling out the possibility of re-signing McCabe if he fits in as planned.