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Per Larry Brooks, the gap between the Rangers and free agent Brandon Prust is a sizable one:
Though sources stressed that lines of communication remain open and that it is conceivable that Prust could re-sign before July 1, it is believed the difference between the parties is significant — upward of $1 million over the life of a three-year contract.
With ten days until free agency, a $1 million gap may as well be $5 million, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Rangers are going to let Prust walk. A part of the core of forwards that coach John Tortorella leans on, Prust would be a valuable asset to any club. You don’t just let someone like that walk away.
Coming off his two-year, $1.6 million contract ($800k cap hit), Prust is due for a large raise. Many, including myself, price the winger in the $1.5-$2 million range. It’s represents a big raise in recognition of hard work and production, while still recognizing that Prust is a fourth line player. He may be famous for saying that “It’s just pain”, but he’s a bottom six forward.
What is likely happening is that Prust is seeing some of the contracts handed out to players like Mike Rupp and his $1.75 million cap hit, and believes he should be making the same type of money. But for every Rupp that gets overpaid, there are guys like Arron Asham ($775k), Zenon Konopka ($700k), and Ryan Carter ($750k).
There is nothing wrong with giving a guy like Prust, who has given everything he has to this organization, a hefty and well deserved pay raise. However that pay raise needs to fit into the organization’s plans to build and maintain a Stanley Cup contender. For every extra dollar spent on Prust, a fourth line player, the Rangers need to spend one less dollar to re-sign other key players.
The Prust situation is a delicate one, but not one that’s surprising. Prust is looking to get his one big payday, knowing this could be his only shot. The Rangers are looking to keep him in the organization without sacrificing short and long term plans. Prust is a player that will garner strong interest around the league, so it’s up to both sides to make sure this doesn’t get ugly.
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Though Brandon Prust’s first choice is to re-up with the Rangers, and the Blueshirts have keen mutual interest in retaining the impending free agent, it appears there is enough of a gap in the contract negotiations between the parties to make it increasingly likely that the winger will at least test the open market when free agency opens July 1...
The NHL will be holding the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft tonight in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the New York Rangers will have the 28th overall pick.
Below are some of the names, along with their scouting reports, that have popped up in mock drafts around the Internet in connection to the Blueshirts. The Rangers never fail to surprise us in these things, so I wouldn...
As you all know, the National Hockey League will be holding their annual awards ceremony tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada to officially wrap up the 2011-12 season, which obviously concluded last week with the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup. Among the long list of nominees for awards tonight are Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, head coach John Tortorella and captain Ryan...
MSG TO HONOR HENRIK LUNDQVIST WITH SPECIAL PROGRAMMING LINEUP SUNDAY NIGHT Two Hours Featuring the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy Winner Starting Sunday at 8:00 p.m. New York, NY (June 21, 2012) – MSG will congratulate and honor New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist who last night received the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s [...]
Henrik Lundqvist— the New York Rangers stylish puck-stopper— had an F-Bomb get by the censors at NBC as he accepted the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender at the league's annual awards ceremony Wednesday night.
After Lunqvist nervously let the four-letter word slip out, the crowd at the Wynn Las Vegas resort simply laughed with the Swedish puck-stopper as he apologized...
First things first: this is a wish list for players that are realistic targets with the 28th overall pick. Of course I’d prefer Nail Yakupov to anyone on this list, but he’s not coming to New York. Second of all, while these are players that have caught my eye, it will be tough to question any pick the Blueshirts make on Friday night. Gordie Clark and the Rangers’ scouting...
It has been a long time coming but New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finally won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top netminder in the regular season.
Lundqvist had also been nominated for the award back in 2006, 2007 and 2008 but never came home with the prize. It is the Rangers’ first Vezina Trophy winner since John Vanbiesbrouck won it back in 1986.
The 2012-2013 schedule was officially release this morning, although it may prove to be meaningless if there’s a work stoppage. It’s also possible that the schedule will need to be re-created from scratch if realignment is part of the new CBA, however the league may choose to wait another year before instituting radical changes.
Nevertheless, here’s a breakdown of the schedule...
The defending Stanley Cup champion (wow, that still feels weird to say) Kings released their 2012-13 schedule on Thursday, and for those wanting to attend the home opener to see the raising of the Stanley Cup banner, mark down Oct. 12 on your calendar.
That is when the Kings are set to open the season, with the New York Rangers as their opponent. The Kings are also scheduled to...
NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who went 39-18-5 with five shutouts and a 1.97 gaa, won the Vezina Trophy. Henrik thanked owner James Dolan and, ****, don't worry: That never makes it on the...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
Not more really needs to be said other than it is long overdue. Here is the Ranger press release.:
HENRIK LUNDQVIST CAPTURES VEZINA TROPHY
Named to the NHL First All-Star Team; Marian Gaborik Selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team
LAS VEGAS, June 20, 2012 – New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been named the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy...
check out Tracy Morgan’s skit at the 2012 NHL Awards as the newest member of the New York Rangers. Tracy was spoofing HBO’s 24/7 hockey series, and he did it perfectly. The portion which has Tracy chatting on his phone when Torts was speaking is pure gold. Enjoy.
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Today is one of my favorite days of the year: the draft. Round one will be today, with rounds 2-7 taking place tomorrow afternoon. Tonight, the Rangers hold the 28th overall pick, but with lots of moves expected tonight, the Rangers might not stay in that position. Don’t forget to check out our Draft Coverage page for analysis of many potential first round picks.
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The New York Islanders and the New York Rangers are both heading into Friday night's first-round of the 2012 NHL entry draft with different agendas but one thing in common. Both teams need to show something from the player that they wind up selecting if they select at all.
The New York Islanders with the number four pick in this years draft are in...
Hey, it's a thought. Sounds like the kid could really help.