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Perhaps McGinn is a target? (Image: NHL.com)
After trading Michael Del Zotto to the Predators for Kevin Klein, many assumed the scouting of some teams would end. This included the Colorado Avalanche, who the Rangers have been scouting for quite some time. Adrian Dater noted that as recently as yesterday, the Rangers were still scouting the Avs. But with Klein on board, the Rangers don’t necessarily need another right-handed defenseman, so the Ty Barrie rumors should be put to rest.
Suit discussed some potential targets from the Avs this month, noting that Ryan O’Reilly (can’t be traded until March) and Paul Stastny are two centers that the Rangers may be targeting. Since Suit discussed the pros/cons of each one, I’m not going to re-hash that here. But it is interesting to note that the Rangers are still scouting the Avs following the acquisition of Klein, who filled two holes on this club.
John Mitchell’s name has been tossed around the interwebs (from a variety of sources), as has P.A. Parenteau’s name. I find that to be relatively humorous, since both were former Rangers at one point during their careers. Parenteau has another two years left on his deal at $4 million, so it’s unlikely the Rangers deal for him if there is no salary heading back to Colorado. The Rangers simply don’t have the cap space.
Mitchell is interesting only because he’s a player the Rangers probably should never have let go in the first place. His expiring contract is a cheap one ($1.1 million). He’s a fourth line guy, and the Rangers don’t really need someone like him at this point. They need a top-nine guy, preferably top-six. Mitchell doesn’t fit that bill.
Since both Stastny and ROR are known entities around the league –and the Rangers have been scouting the Avs for quite some time– a different conclusion can also be inferred. Jamie McGinn ($1.75 million) is a player with an expiring contract. He’s not exactly a guy that lights the lamp (12-7-19 in 49 games this year), but at 6’1 and 210 lbs, he adds much needed size to the forwards. He’s another LW and a left-handed shot though. It’s clear where Stastny and ROR would fit in the lineup. McGinn…not so much.
It is a scouts job to attend games on a regular basis. It’s why I usually blow off the reports of “scouts at XYZ team” rumors. But when the Rangers scouts are on hand for multiple weeks in a row, scouting the same team, it makes you think something is there. Trades don’t happen overnight, and it wouldn’t shock me to see something go down between these two teams. The Olympic roster freeze is fast approaching, which was the main trade deadline four years ago. Expect movement around the league.
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The New York Rangers will be one of the most interesting teams at the NHL trade deadline because two of their best players — right-winger Ryan Callahan and top-pairing defenseman Dan Girardi — are eligible to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. The Blueshirts can either re-sign both players to large contract extensions and risk their ability to sign future free agents...
After re-signing Henrik Lundqvist to a massive, seven-year extension earlier this season, finding common ground on a new deal with Captain Ryan Callahan jumped to the forefront of GM Glen Sather’s list of priorities. The two sides may not be close to a deal but Cally’s agent, Steven Bartlett of Sports Consulting Group, remains “optimistic” […]
It is fitting that the first hockey game ever to be played at Yankee Stadium ended with a dominating New York Rangers win. The Rangers got off to a slow start, with defensive miscues, sloppy play, and mediocre goaltending putting the Rangers into a 3-1 hole early. But after that, the Blueshirts rattled off six straight goals, including four in the second period that...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
One player whose name I would have never predicted to be even possibly in the mix before the season is that of New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.
But he’s a pending UFA July 1 and so far contract talks have not gone well at all, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.
All of which led to some rumblings that the Rangers are exploring the trade...
Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal 4:36 into the third period, and the New York Rangers completed a two-game sweep of the outdoor series with a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders at frigid Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.
Building off their 7-3 win over New Jersey at the ballpark in the Bronx on Sunday, the Rangers took out another division rival under the lights...
Never in his career has Ryan Callahan been the subject of trade rumors. Until now, that is, with the March 5 deadline approaching and the Rangers captain apparently on his way to the open market as a free agent on July 1.
Negotiations regarding an extension are at a standstill, if not an impasse, with Callahan believed seeking a deal in the neighborhood of seven years at $42 million...
Hoo boy. The New York Islanders took to the ice at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday to test out the conditions in advance of the team’s Stadium Series showdown with the New York Rangers on Wednesday. As professional hockey players are unaccustomed to dealing with some of the conditions inherent to playing outdoors, some players took […]The post Note to Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck:...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Negotiations regarding an extension are at a standstill, if not an impasse, with Callahan believed seeking a deal in the neighborhood of seven years at $42 million that is not in the same ballpark as general manager Glen Sather is willing to pay; not even a ballpark as expansive as Yankee Stadium, where the Rangers and Islanders will meet...
Negotiations with first-pair right defenseman Dan Girardi, also a pending unrestricted free agent, also are ongoing. Girardi, who likely would yield a bigger bounty on the rental market than Callahan, is believed to be seeking a six-year deal in the neighborhood of $5.5 million per season, which represents fair market value.
The Rangers have countered with two offers, one for six...
The NHL’s Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium just concluded with a New York Rangers 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
If you didn’t notice, the Rangers, who are the most popular hockey team in the Metropolitan area, were the designated road team for both games.
That was no accident, and as it turns out, the Rangers were literally afraid to be the home...
A popular term for assists these days is "apples," so Matt Duchene has still pretty much been an apple-a-day player with the Avalanche lately.
But there has only been one goal in the last 18 games, a short-side shot past Nashville Predators goalie Devan Dubnyk on Jan. 18. Duchene knows players paid $6 million a year — as will start happening next season and the four...
Thanks to HBO’s 24/7 series that follows the two participants in the Winter Classic during the weeks leading up to New Year’s Day, hockey fans have been able to see how NHL players interact with each other on the ice and in the locker room.
One view that fans rarely see is the one from referees. During the Stadium Series game between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils...
Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images
Tonight the New York Rangers will become the first team to compete in three regular-season NHL outdoor games when they square off against the New York Islanders in the second of two games played at Yankee Stadium this season as part of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series.
The Rangers defeated their first two opponents, including...
Superior goaltending has been a huge difference for the Colorado Avalanche against the Minnesota Wild this season.
Given their performance in goal their last time out, that might continue Thursday night when Colorado and visiting Minnesota meet for the final time in 2013-14.
Colorado (33-14-5), which is seven points ahead of Minnesota (29-20-6) for third place in the Central Division...
Can we be done with outdoor hockey for a while? It's awful chilly out there.
The Top Line
All right, one or two more things about the Rangers and Devils mugging yesterday at Yankee Stadium. Sports Illustrated, NHL.com, The Local Take #1, The Local Take #2
New York Rangers 7, New Jersey 3 - Two hockey teams put up a football score at a baseball...