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This July 5th, was perhaps the most stupid free agency opening in living memory. When a player scratched in the Cup Final (Victor Stalberg) can turn his level of ‘performance’ into a four year deal you have to wonder. When Andrew journeyman Ference can – at 34 no less – turn his bottom pair duties for Boston into four years 12+ million you continue to wonder.
When Ryane Clowe – for all his obvious talent – can turn an injury, concussion plagued season and 3 goal production into a five year deal with a significant pay rise you know the last of the sane general managers have lost their marbles.
There were countless deals this Friday that left heads scratching, that made a mockery of the lockout (once again) and left teams who managed somehow to exercise caution in a good position. Maybe it was just that the Rangers couldn’t spend this summer what others could but the Rangers figure to benefit from all this madness.
Next year it’s entirely possible the likes of Thomas Vanek, Marian Gaborik (remember him), the Sedin twins (don’t discount it), Patrick Marleau, Phil Kessel, Paul Statsny, Jason Pominville, Dustin Brown, Matt Read and Joe Pavelski may enter free agency. Just a brief glimpse ahead suggests the talent level promises to be much better than this summer.
Many of the clubs that are traditionally free agent players have shot their load this summer. Surely without significant moves and asset sacrifice, these clubs cannot be in for the big names next season. The Penguins and their own invisible cap appear hamstrung, the Flyers can only buy so many players out and the Red Wings and Leafs have placed their stock in middle tier, over paid players such as Weiss and Clarkson. Sometimes patience is key. For once was it the Rangers that showed it?
Continue to scan this year’s deals and you’ll find so many bad contracts handed out in a desperate attempt to get an edge. Is Rob Scuderi really worth a 4 year, 16 million deal? Is Nathan Horton worth the maximum length deal allowed? Did a marginal NHL forward such as Nystrom really get 10m from the Predators? How does Clark MacArthur get 6.5m after last year’s performance? The league has gone mad.
Many Rangers fans find it hard to like Glen Sather. Even more find it hard to trust him when free agency comes around each summer but credit has to go to Sather as free agency enters the weekend. In a phase where the Rangers have begun to enter the ‘win now mode’ there appears to be at least one eye on the bigger picture.
The Rangers still have a young team, have prospects on the horizon and look set to make sure they can supplement the core next summer too. Successful franchises, or at least those that are successful long term, don’t bet the house on black. For once it appears the Rangers have gambled wisely.
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Hockey Prospectus released its current organization rankings for farm systems, and the Rangers slotted in at #19, just behind Ottawa. Corey Pronman had this to say about the Rangers:
19. New York Rangers
Tim Erixon’s trade, J.T. Miller’s graduation, and average years from Chris Kreider and Brady Skjei led to a lower ranking for the Rangers. Acquiring Danny Kristo from Montreal...
Stepan is the next to get locked up (Photo: UPI /John Angelillo)
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Pouliot is one of those signings people will love (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images).
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The Rangers made their most important signing of the summer today in re-signing Ryan McDonagh for 6 years at an annual cap hit of $4.7M. With this deal in the books, Rangers fans can breathe a little easier today knowing that our franchise defensemen is now locked up for another six years.
Many figured McDonagh would get a deal similar to that of Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, who resigned...
New York Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh is expected to sign a six year extension with the team some time today according to Aaron Ward of TSN. McDonagh, 24, posted 4 goals to go along with 15 assists last season. Larry Brooks of the New York Daily News reports that McDonagh’s extension will have a cap [...]
For a few weeks I’ve wanted to touch on the issue of Brad Richards. He has become a polarizing figure with the New York Rangers, fans love him, and fans hate him. But is all the hate justified? I don’t believe so, and that’s what I plan on doing here. The Rangers signed Richards to [...]
Sather spent wisely. (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)
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The New York Rangers made three moves on the day free agency opened and it had a couple scratching their heads but mostly it was moves that shows this is a new team under a new head coach. The first move of the day saw the Blueshirts bring back center Dominic Moore to the organization. [...]
Expect the New York Rangers to announce Ryan McDonagh's 6 year extension today. #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) July 8, 2013
At six years, the Rangers are buying 2 seasons which McDonagh will be eligible for un-restricted free agency.
Now we wait on the dollars. Big sticking point since McDonagh's new contract will be the largest of all the Ranger RFA'...
This is a bit late, but the Rangers have inked forward Benoit Pouliot to a one year, $1.3 million deal. Pouliot has been one of the top P/60 guys in the league over the past few years, and was at 2.44 P/60 last season. He will serve as a depth forward to provide tertiary scoring. In the grand scheme of things, having a guy that can put up over 2.0 P/60 for less that $2 million is...
The Rangers reached agreements on deals with restricted free agent forward Carl Hagelin and newly acquired defenseman Justin Falk.
Hagelin agreed to a two-year, $4.5 contract. He will earn $2.1 million next season and $2.4 million in 2014-15. He carries a salary-cap hit of $2.25 million.
The 24-year-old Falk, acquired by the Rangers from Minnesota on June 30, will earn $975,000...
One down, one more to go. The Rangers made signing Ryan McDonagh to a long-term deal their first priority, and per all accounts, that deal has now been finalized and is slated to be announced today. Next up will be getting Derek Stepan in the fold long-term.
As I wrote back on June 24 in my view on RFA signings , I recommended six years, $30 million, with an escalating salary...
Per Larry Brooks:
"McDonagh's deal worth $4.7M per for 6 years. Fair number, very fair for Rangers...Rangers able to buy out two years of McDonagh's prospective unrestricted free agency under deal.
With limited salary cap space, the New York Rangers added two forwards and a defenseman to bolster their overall depth.
On a busy free agent Friday, the Rangers signed forwards Dominic Moore and Benoit Pouliot, and defenseman Aaron Johnson.
The 32-year-old Moore, now in his second stint with the Rangers, signed a one-year deal worth $1 million. He sat out last season following...
OK so I did something I haven't done since starting the Prospect Park in 2004 and that was take a vacation. It was a selfish decision because this is to me the worst time of the year to follow the New York Rangers. Good old free agency where the Rangers spend money trying to fill holes in their roster hoping to find that "magic" combination that will lead the team to...