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Could Derek Stepan be eyeing up big money in the summer?
Ryan O’Reilly was touted in various circles as a potential trade target for the Rangers during the team’s recent poor stretch of form. That was until he signed back with the Avalanche via an offer sheet from the Calgary Flames. In the process, O’Reilly may have just caused a headache for the Rangers.
O’Reilly signed a two year, $10 million offer sheet from the Flames which the Avalanche were quick to match. In a nutshell, the talented fourth year Avs center is now making five million per year (cap hit) the next two years. Here’s where the problems start. O’Reilly; statistics, position, style and age is very similar and thus a comparable to the Rangers’ Derek Stepan. Stepan is about to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Can the Rangers afford to offer Stepan O’Reilly money next summer? Absolutely not. Nor will they intend on offering that kind of cash especially considering how general manager Glen Sather goes about dealing with the ‘in between’ contracts of his own young restricted free agents. However, will Stepan have seen the O’Reilly contract (you can bet his agents will have) and will he now think he’s worth more than what the Rangers likely intend on offering? Food for thought.
Last year Stepan had a breakout of sorts, with 51 points and 17 goals. In addition, he had a +14 rating, 16 powerplay points as well as four game winners. O’Reilly? He had 18 goals, 55 points and a -1 (which on a distinctly average Avalanche team wasn’t terrible at all). The production is therefore very similar. Both players are also considered solid two way players whose realistic ceilings are that of good, productive second line centers.
O’Reilly has about 50 more regular season NHL games under his belt than Stepan, but there are so many similarities that it does bear thinking about when approaching contract season in a few short months. Should it take more money to re-sign Stepan (and no doubt, the Rangers will keep him) it could hinder their cap situation, especially when considering the cap is coming down in advance of next season. All manner of subsequent issues then arise: Can they re-sign other players? Do they struggle to fill out the roster? Do Brad Richards and/or Marian Gaborik become compliance buy-out candidates out of necessity rather than due to their own form?
Whether Ryan O’Reilly is worth the cash the Avs have been forced to stump up will be seen over the next two years, starting next week. However in the mean time, he may have just created a financial headache for Sather and the Rangers.
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The newly demoted Chris Kreider notched Connecticut’s first goal of the game against Bridgeport last night, scoring on the powerplay. The goal was the first of five against the also-newly-demoted Rick DiPietro, and the first of seven total for the Whale. Kris Newbury, Brandon Mashinter, Brandon Segal, Mike Vernace, and Christian Thomas (2) also scored for the Whale. Cam Talbot...
After taking the day off yesterday, the Rangers reconvened for practice today with Arron Asham (back spasms) as the only player who did not participate.
According to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record, the lines remained the same...
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
J.T. Miller-Brian Boyle-Marian Gaborik
We Rangers fans were treated to two ridiculous goals last night from Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin. So I gotta ask, which one did you think was sweeter? Answer the poll and leave your comments below...
Who had the sweeter goal vs. Tampa last night: Rick Nash or Carl Hagelin?
Here's video of both goals...
...i got to go with the Hagelin goal. Just a beautiful...
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Rangerland was torn yesterday when Chris Kreider was returned to the AHL. On one side, many blamed Torts for not playing the kid enough to allow him to grow. On the other (note: more rational) side, many looked at is as a way for Kreider to get some solid playing time to work on the aspects of his game that need maturation. It’s clear how we feel on the matter...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan scored in a one-sided first period, and the suddenly healthy New York Rangers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Defenseman Marc Staal added just the eighth power-play goal of the season in the second period for New York, which ended an 0-3-1 skid in the second game of...
On Thursday night in their 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Rangers fired 42 shots on goal and created offense by not being afraid to go to the net, by not being afraid to put pucks on net and lastly, by following the lead of one of their own players.
That player was power forward Rick Nash. Besides getting on the scoresheet with two points on one goal and one...
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Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that Glen Sather is unhappy with the Rangers inconsistencies this season and is looking to shake-up the club by possibly trading Marian Gaborik and adding more grit to the line-up.
Garrioch adds that John Tortorella's job...
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Daily News - Rangers’ defensive pair rounds into form
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The BSB Friday chat returns today at 3pm. We are talking the awesomeness that is Rick Nash, the slightly tweaked power-play, Chris Kreider’s demotion, whatever. See everyone this afternoon!
TOMORROW’S GAME The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue their four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 9-8-2 (20 pts). The [...]
The New York Rangers (9-8-2) used the returns of Michael Del Zotto, Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning (9-10-1) in dominant fashion at MSG Thursday night 4-1 and end a four game losing streak. For a full box score of tonight's game, head over to Yahoo! Sports.
- To me, by far the most complete effort of the season in terms of everyone contributing...
The Lightning dropped their third straight after losing 4-1 to the New York Rangers on Thursday night. New York outshot Tampa Bay 42-25 for the game but the big story was the 20-3 shot advantage the Rangers had after the first period. However, the Lightning managed to stay in the game after Martin St. Louis scored the Bolts only goal on the night in the first period to make it 2...
The Sabres made waves recently when they fired Lindy Ruff after 16 seasons as their head coach. Since then they’ve gone 3-2 under Ron Rolston. Under both coaches, the Sabres system is similar to what we’ve seen from the Flyers under Peter Laviolette, which is essentially two different looks.
The first look is the 2-1-2 forecheck, which the Rangers utilize as well. This is...