Found August 01, 2013 on
The Hockey Guys:
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
By Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey)
(Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
Earlier this summer, the New York Rangers had their chance to make Brad Richards’ $6,666,667 cap hit disappear.
Presto — it would have vanished, had general manager Glen Sather and Madison Square Garden executive chairman James L. Dolan agreed to cut Richards annual checks slightly above $1.7 million spread over the next 14 years.
Instead of exercising an amnesty buy out on Richards to free up precious cap space to address key offseason needs, the Rangers instead opted retain their assistant captain and are giving him a fresh slate to work with under new head coach Alain Vigneault.
The decision has Sather’s fingerprints all over it, considering that the figures wouldn’t have been a stumbling block. Jim Dolan has a vast fortune given his Cablevision/MSG empire. Sather felt his investment deserves another shot to prove he can recapture the passing wizardry that made Richards a star in Tampa and Dallas.
Okay, the on-...
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Per Capgeek (s/t to Kevin Power of Blueshirt Banter for the tip), the Rangers have signed OHL defenseman Troy Donnay to a three year entry level deal. Donnay, an undrafted free agent, participated in Rangers prospect camp this year following his third year in the OHL. The 19-year-old Donnay played for the Erie Otters, registering a goal and seven assists over the full season while...
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...please be bedazzled. Please be bedazzled. Please be bedazzled.
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According to Cap Geek, the Rangers have signed free agent defenseman Troy Donnay of the Erie Otters (OHL) to a three-year, entry level contract.
The 6' 8", 185lb defenseman had participated in the Rangers rookie camp at the beginning of the month and will participate in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament in September for the Blueshirts.
Donnay, 19, has 17 points...
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Troy Donnay (OHL Images)
Wednesday saw the New York Rangers sign defenseman Troy Donnay of the Erie Otters to a NHL entry level contract. Donnay who attended the recent Ranger prospect camp at the beginning of July is 6'7 185 and will be scheduled to play his 4 year in the OHL during the 2013-2014 hockey season.
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