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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 made by Slats? I think that’s the first time in a while that we haven’t had to add anything major. A limited budget helps, but some of those contracts were just absurd. Clarkson got how much? Clowe had two concussions and got what? Good God.
What the Rangers did do is address their depth issues, and they did it in a very quiet and shrewd manner. The organization needed to create top-six minutes for the glut of prospects hitting Hartford next season, and they opened up holes while filling in defensive depth. Benn Ferriero and Kris Newbury had no legitimate future with this team, and Justin Falk and Danny Syvret wi...
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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...
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.
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...
Yesterday, the Rangers held a conference call with Dominic Moore to officially announce his signing...
To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.
...after everything this guy has been through the last year or so, it's great that he can get back into the game.
...i've had a couple of readers complain to me about the signing, but what's not to like about...
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...
NY RANGERS OFFSEASON
RFA’s - The most important thing to me this offseason is to get Stepan and McDonagh signed, so I would start the offseason with resigning my RFA’s.
Derek Stepan - I really like this kid, he is young, has skillful hands, and has a good hockey sense on top of the fact that he is already a very reliable player. He was second in points (on the Rangers...
BREAKING NEWS: #NYR Have agreed to terms with Defenseman Justin Falk (@JuicerFalk). Details to follow on http://t.co/9Kp9UVvJQM
— 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.
As the successor to Glen Sather, I would like to take the opportunity to thank him and the organization for giving me the chance to lead this great team. The most important aspect of this job is to keep the long standing history of the New York Rangers intact. My goal is to bring The Stanley Cup back to NY; we will not wait 54 years again! This team is built to win, with some of...
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...
Off the heels of signing Ryan McDonagh to a six-year, $28.2 million deal, the Rangers locked up their second of their four "major" RFAs, by inking Carl Hagelin to a two-year contract worth $4.5 million, $2.1 in year one and $2.4 in year two.
Hagelin was coming off his ELC, which had a cap hit of $875k. He played much of the season with a torn labrum in his shoulder,...
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, [...]
BREAKING NEWS: #NYR @CarlHagelin has agreed to terms on a new contract. Details to follow on http://t.co/9Kp9UVvJQM.
— 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...
This is from the NHLPA, and go figure, it's all about ping pong (including Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey)--and it's for a good cause:
Smashfest! Dominic Moore & Many NHL Players to Participate In Charity Ping-Pong Event on July 25th in Toronto
Second annual fundraiser hosted by Dominic Moore to feature NHL players showcasing their Ping-Pong talents while...
I. Compliance Buyout (To Buy out or Not to Buy out)
Easily the first decision made has to be whether to buy out Richards or not. Currently there is $14 mil in cap space with, in my case, 5 necessary players that need to be signed; Stepan, Hagelin, Zuccarello, McDonagh and Clowe as well as options for additional depth. Richards is not fast, nor overly physical, but he can distribute...
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...