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Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
Rarity: Chris Kreider is one of few that represent value this year. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Who gets the blame; the General Manager? The coaching staff? Or perhaps the players themselves? When you look at the Rangers’ disappointing position in the standings and general up and down performances from a game to game basis, one thing that may go unnoticed is how the Rangers are not getting value for money from their roster. In the cap era, getting good return from your investments is critical and is something found on almost every successful roster.
With New York it obviously begins with Rick Nash ($7.8m) , Brad Richards ($6.667m) and yes, Henrik Lundqvist (at present, $6.875m). When judging the financial returns solely on this season, none of the critical trio named are giving the Rangers acceptable production given their sizeable salaries but it goes well beyond the trio of marquee names. Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and in fact almost every Ranger player on a sizeable cap hit hasn’t produced.
Whatever the mitigating circumstances the underwhelming returns continue with Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto and, until recently, Derick Brassard as all ‘core players’ haven’t produced as anticipated. Considering cap hits of $2 million dollars and above, it can be argued only Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello have produced above expectations. When you consider, from a financial perspective, almost an entire roster hasn’t lived up to its billing it’s a huge area for concern.
Compare the Rangers to Chicago’s roster. Brandon Saad would be leading the Rangers in scoring and he is one of several Hawks giving the powerhouse Western conference team great production at a low cost. His 31 points so far have come with a cap hit of less than one million dollars. Getting value from entry level deals is a great way for a club to find depth and build success.
While in the minors at present, second round draft pick Brandon Pirri has 11 points in 24 games for the Hawks (with just one goal less than Rick Nash) and has also given the Hawks great value (the consistent theme of this post) as he too brings a cap charge of less than 900k.
It continues. Marks Kruger and Andrew Shaw (who would be leading the Rangers in goals) both bring cap charges of less than $1.4 million and are both very effective members of the Hawks. While the Hawks are perhaps an extreme example (multiple lottery draft picks certainly help build a roster quickly) they are perhaps setting the league standard.
Good value for money is critical. It means clubs can commit to the right players on long term deals and means a franchise takes less risk with committing to big names (Nash, Richards come to mind) as a club is less reliant on their big deals.
Right now, you can argue the Rangers only have a handful of ‘good value’ players. Mats Zuccarello has exceeded expectations and is thriving on a relatively cheap deal. Chris Kreider is performing well, particularly judged against his entry level deal and Ryan McDonagh is growing into a Norris trophy candidate so that’s surely seen as money well spent.
Yes, injuries to the likes of Nash, Callahan and Staal are unfortunate and are certainly valid, mitigating circumstances to the Rangers current under performance but whether it be Taylor Pyatt, Arron Asham or the since forgotten Darroll Powe; several recent Rangers’ transactions (the list is long) too often don’t stack up compared to the better teams in the league.
With several contracts up for renewal in the near future and with a new coaching team in place long term the Rangers face a critical period of roster change. It’s time the organisation got back to getting value for money from its roster. It will likely coincide with a return to winning ways.
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Sorry for missing this yesterday, but in preparations for the storm I missed this signing. The Rangers signed 2013 3rd round pick –and big time talent– Anthony Duclair to an entry level deal yesterday. Duclair is the first Rangers draft pick from 2013 to sign a deal, although that comes as no surprise. Duclair was a huge talent headed into the draft, but questions about work...
The New York Rangers acquired Dan Carcillo from the Los Angeles Kings Saturday afternoon in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Rangers lost forward Derek Dorsett for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken fibula. The 28-year-old Carcillo has accumulated 1,136 penalty minutes in 359 career NHL games while playing for the Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia...
Pavel Buchnevich and Russia were eliminated from the 2014 World Junior Championships this morning, losing to Sweden 2-1. With Buchnevich’s exit, the Rangers no longer have any prospects in the tournament. Sweden will face the Canada/Finland winner for the gold.
In six tournament games, Buchnevich finished with a line of 2-5-7 with 18 PIMs (most coming from his misconduct penalty...
Per the beat writers (multiple), Ryan Callahan will make his return tonight against the Penguins. J.T. Miller will be a healthy scratch, but it’s important to note that AV said the kid is playing well, and that it’s just a numbers game. Derick Brassard will move back to center.
On defense, Justin Falk and Michael Del Zotto remain the healthy scratches.
Anthony Duclair (BlueshirtsUnited)Here is a message to those of you who are trashing that the New York Rangers signed Anthony Duclair (NYR 2013 3rd) to an entry level contract on Thursday: Stop complaining about a kid who is doing exactly what you wish the New York Rangers were doing. Yes that is right he is working his butt off to EARN this contract.Sounds harsh you bet because...
The New York Rangers, for much of the 2013-14 season, have been a rudderless team. Entering Friday’s contest against the Penguins, captain Ryan Callahan had played in just 24 of 41 games, while the rest of the crew’s high-ranking personnel wavered in his absence.
There was Henrik Lundqvist looking to Rick Nash, Nash looking to Dan Girardi, Girardi looking back to Lundqvist, none...
New York Rangers agitator Derek Dorsett won't be agitating anyone but nurses and rehab assistants for the next four to six weeks, a broken fibula felling the pesky right winger.Dorsett attempted to block a Olli Maatta shot in the first period of the Rangers' loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, taking the puck on the shin - but true to his nature and reminiscent...
United in brutal paint jobs.
So far, the crew here at BSB has covered the GM, Coach, defense and bottom six forwards in our mid-season grades series. Today, we touch on something of a sore subject: the goaltending. Even though Marty Biron played in several regular season games, he immediately retired and gave way to Cam Talbot. For this reason, I’m not going to grade Marty...
Ryan Callahan went in, Derek Dorsett went out and the Rangers went down.
Callahan, the Rangers’ captain, returned to the lineup Friday night from a nine-game absence due to a left knee sprain, only to watch teammate Derek Dorsett break his fibula blocking a slap shot as the Rangers fell, 5-2, to Sidney Crosby and the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center.
The New York Rangers just got a lot tougher.
The Rangers completed a trade on Saturday that sent a 2014 seventh-round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Daniel Carcillo.
Carcillo has skated in 26 games for the Kings this season and led the team with 57 penalty minutes but he has only played one game since December 15 and none since December 23.
“We picked up a player than...
By: Tom Urtz Jr. (@TomUrtzJr)
The New York Rangers have been a Jekyll and Hyde team throughout the 2013-14 tilt, and the players felt the need to hold another players only meeting after an embarrassing 5-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Friday’s loss was another game in which the lack of intensity, and repeated blunders cost the Blueshirts a chance at picking up two points...
A renewed sense of freedom without the intrusive HBO cameras or a bounce out of the Winter Classic was nowhere to be to be found in the play of the Maple Leafs on Saturday, as the New York Rangers dominated from the opening faceoff in a 7-1 thrashing at Air Canada Center.
Former Leaf Dominic Moore scored twice, Carl Hagelin, Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards and Brian...
The Rangers are a dangerous reminder of what happens when you fire your coach but then keep all of the fired coach’s stiff players. Talk about a team without an identity; holy ****.
The Penguins took full advantage of the Rangers’ identity crisis and dominated yet another game at home. Their 11th straight home win. The formula worked yet again.
The #Pens haven...
The New York Rangers have announced that they have acquired enforcer Dan Carcillo from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional seventh round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The 28-year-old forward has two points and 57 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Kings this season. He recorded at least 174 penalty minutes in four straight campaigns from 2007-08 through...
New York Rangers (20-19-2) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (29-12-1)
Root Sports, MSG2, RDS - 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
It's a "The Name Still Sounds Dumb Division" battle as the Pittsburgh Penguins meet the New York Rangers.
If you were hoping to see Evgeni Malkin or Kris Letang in the line-up tonight, you're going to be disappointed...