Found July 10, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
The Rangers won’t find a better alternative than Zuccarello Mats Zuccarello has proven he has NHL ability, even if he hasn’t proven he can score consistently over an 82 game season. However at this stage, whoever the Rangers employ for a scoring role on among the top nine wing positions they will be taking a calculated risk, especially when you look at the alternatives – viable or not – that are still available in free agency. With a ten percent cushion on the cap over the summer, the Rangers shouldn’t be worrying about squeezing Zuccarello in because given the likely amount he’ll command he is worth the commitment and the Rangers will surely be able to move a half million or so if needed. When looking at alternatives it is pretty shocking what some players are rumoured to be commanding. The Detroit Red Wings decided to go down the Alfredsson and Weiss route rather than keep Damien Brunner on board. A large part of that decision by Wings’ brass will have been about value for money as Brunner is rumoured to be commanding over $3.5m despite just one abbreviated, yet promising season under his belt. Clearly, the going rate in the NHL is shooting up if you command 3.5m for a 12 goal rookie campaign. It’s this reason why the Rangers need to keep Zuccarello. Zuccarello will likely cost no more than $2m, if only because he’s yet to do it over a full NHL season. While Zuccarello and Brunner are different player types (and arguably have different ceilings) Brunner’s demands suggest the Rangers will be hard pressed to get a player of Zuccarello’s ability (and organisational fit) at the same price. Rumours have started that with McDonagh signed, Stepan sure to be so and Hagelin the next in line the Rangers may struggle to give Zuccarello enough dollar. With McDonagh eating up almost 5m in cap and Derek Stepan likely to be not far behind him once signed, Glen Sather needs to get value for money wherever he can and for an additional scoring forward, staying within the organisation and sticking with Zuccarello is the most likely route to successfully filling out the roster. Sometimes it’s about value for money. Tweet

Another RFA re-signs: Carl Hagelin re-ups for two years

The Rangers have ticked off another item on their to-do list this summer, locking up RFA winger Carl Hagelin to a two-year deal with a $2.25 million cap hit per season. This is a significant raise on his $875,000 cap hit from last season, but still represents the standard bridge contract that Slats has been giving his RFAs following ELC expiry. The lone exceptions to the bridge contract...

Justin Falk signs one-year deal

Slats is busy today, locking up another RFA this afternoon. Per Larry Brooks, the recently acquired Justin Falk has signed with the Rangers on a one-year deal worth $975,000. Falk, who will likely serve as the seventh defenseman, was acquired for Benn Ferriero in June.  With the Falk signing, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello are the only two remaining RFAs that need to be signed. Tweet

Rangers Continue Taking Care of RFA Business

Just days after signing D Ryan McDonagh to a six-year deal worth $28.2MM, the Rangers reached agreements with two of their remaining RFA’s today. Carl Hagelin received a two-year, $4.5MM contract while the newly acquired Justin Falk got a one-year, $975,000 deal. That leaves Derk Stepan and Mats Zuccarello as the last unsigned RFA’s. Hagelin will earn $2.1MM for 2013-2014...

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Re-configuring the Rangers power play

With the exception of a few depth signings, it appears Glen Sather will keep the Rangers roster mostly intact for the 2013-14 season. Rather than take a shot at Jarome Iginla, Derek Roy, or Daniel Alfredsson (all of whom signed one year deals), the organization has instead decided to keep Brad Richards around for at least one more season. Barring a trade, it looks as though AV will...

A Short History Of New York Rangers' Prospect Trades

When the New York Rangers made an unexpected decision to trade promising prospect Christian Thomas to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Danny Kristo many were perplexed. It was not an ostensibly poor move, but rather an interesting one; it's not often you see teams swapping well-regarded prospects without there being some sort of "catch" or circumstance that makes...

Rangers Sign Falk For One Year, $975K

BREAKING NEWS: #NYR Have agreed to terms with Defenseman Justin Falk (@JuicerFalk). Details to follow on — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 10, 2013 The deal is for one-year at $950,000. Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that the Rangers will continue discussions with Mats Zuccarello today with the hope of avoiding arbitration. ...i...

Musings: Depth options, absurd spending, bottom six competition, and more

MORE FUN! MORE FUN! (Adam Hunger/Reuters) As we enter the dog-days of summer, there isn’t going to be much news coming up, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have random thoughts that have zero direction whatsoever. This is why we love Musings Day, because our brains work in odd ways. How weird was it to have an entire free agency opening day pass and not have one major signing...

Zuccarello filing for arbitration is part of the business

In case you missed it yesterday, Mats Zuccarello filed for arbitration before the 5pm deadline. He and the Rangers were unable to come to an agreement before the deadline, so it makes sense that he filed for arbitration. This is just a step in the process, and does not represent any ill-will on either side. Some things to note about player-elected arbitration: Since he has filed...

Carl Hagelin Signs Two-Year Contract Extension With Rangers by   Steven Ellis

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Carl Hagelin, signing him to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million Hagelin had 10 goals and 14 assists while playing all 48 regular-season games this past season and added three goals and three assists in 12 postseason games. Hagelin has career totals of 24 goals and 62 points in 112 regular-season games, [...]

Rangers Re-Sign Hagelin to Two Year, $4.5M Deal

BREAKING NEWS: #NYR @CarlHagelin has agreed to terms on a new contract. Details to follow on — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 10, 2013 The deal is two-years, $4.5 million for a $2.25 million AAV. ...this is a bit rich for my blood. Was hoping for between $1.5 & $2 million. Less money available to get Zuccarello re-signed. I still think...

McDonagh Excited About Vigneault's Offensive System

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Ryan McDonagh is excited about Alain Vigneault’s emphasis on getting defensemen up the ice with more consistency so they can help the attack... “I know I’ve got a responsibility in my own end first and foremost. But in this day and age, defensemen create second and third opportunities. I’m definitely trying to instill in...

Damien Brunner May Be in New Jersey Devils’ Plans After Ilya Kovalchuk’s Sudden Retirement

Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the New Jersey Devils and the NHL on Thursday, abruptly announcing his retirement from the league so he could continue his career in the KHL. Not only will Kovalchuk’s decision cost the Devils an annual cap penalty for the next decade and their first-round pick in 2014′s draft, but it leaves them without their best offensive weapon. Kovalchuk scored 30...
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