According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers and Marc Staal have begun talks on a contract extension.
There is no progress to note at this stage, with Staal's agent reporting that talks are amicable and ongoing - or something to that effect. The Rangers are reportedly offering a similar deal to what Dan Girardi received in January, 6 years at $5.5M, about $500K or so less than what Staal is reportedly looking for.
The New York Rangers kicked off their official 2014-15 campaign today with medical assessments and some off-ice preparation ahead of tomorrow's first work-out. Many of the veterans have been skating in Greenburgh for the past few weeks, while many of the prospects wrapped up a 1-1-2 record in the Traverse City Tournament that completed Tuesday.
The last few years have been a little crazy for the Blueshirts, what with games in Europe, rennovations to MSG and a coaching change. This year might be about as normal as they come by contrast, with just six preseason games - two against each of the Devils, Blackhawks and Flyers.
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 12:31:18 PM - September 9, 2014
The Rangers seem like a tight knit group and they like to have players who "fit in" socially, along with being solid hockey players. The New York Rangers players had a Stanley Cup Finals run last year that wound up a few overtimes short, and the players know what was missing along with Rangers orgnizational leaders--size! The Rangers did a great job of using their speed to cover for their lack of size, but they clearly were worn down by the 4th round, whether it was from going 7 games twice or being in physical series. Through free agency, the Rangers lost their tallest player (but not toughest by far) in Brian Boyle, 2nd pairing dman in Anton Stralman, 3rd line career project who broke out on the Rangers in Benoit Pouliout, and bought out 3rd line center Brad Richards(who by all accounts will allegedly return next year to play with his ex-Rangers and ex-Tampa teammates).The Rangers have seemed to replace all the holes left by those departures and even landed more depth into the minors in case of injury or if players don't work out more
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 11:29:31 AM - August 11, 2014
The Rangers offseason so far has had changes in the rosters of the Rangers and Wolfpack along with an assistant coaching change as well. The first year of a new coach and system usually brings with it a down year and some hardships, but not last years Rangers. The talent on the Rangers withstood the change of their head coach, a brand new system, starting the year off on a long western trip, the Olympic break, the trading of their heart and soul Captain, and still made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Rangers clearly needed a change in roster with the way they started out and it began with Asham and Powe being banished to the Rangers minor league team in Hartford. Chris Kreider was brought back up, DelZotto was also traded for Kevin Klein, the team found comfort with the new system and a few more pieces were added and taken away from the Rangers puzzle and finally the pieces seemed to fit more
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 10:00:38 AM - August 1, 2014
Hall of Famer and New York Rangers icon Brian Leetch has decided not to return to his position in the NHL next season. This decision makes one wonder if it is to fill the newly opened coaching position as the Rangers assistant coach that is "the eye is the sky"that opened up when Dan Lacroix moved on to become an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens. It was rumored before Alain Vigneault was hired that Brian Leetch would join the staff of Mark Messier if he was hired to lead the Rangers from behind the bench that never came to fruition more
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 9:17:25 AM - July 28, 2014
General Manager Glen Sather and Assistant G.M. Jeff Gorton have had a busy signing season this past season along with a few trades starting from March to this present time and seem to be working on at least one trade to come before the season begins. It all started with the trade of ex-Ranger captain Ryan Callahan and two #1 picks plus a #7 rounder for Martin St. Louis and a #2 round pick. The Rangers added players for picks such as Dan Carcillo and Rafeal Diaz for depth which was well needed on a Rangers playoff run to the Stanley Cup Final. The signings extending the current group of players or bringing in replacements for the players that moved on the "greener" pastures such as Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot, and the buyout of Brad Richards have kept Sather and Gorton busy by signing 23 players. All of the players signed are not for top line positions but also for the depth in case of injuries and for the AHL Hartford Wolfpack more
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 2:26:16 PM - July 8, 2014
The Rangers can clearly fill out their roster with current Ranger prospects and be under the $69 million cap that includes signing the 3 free agents awaiting arbitration, if long term contracts aren't signed by their arbitration date. The Rangers have to make a decision on what to do with Marc Staal who could enter free agency after the 2014-2015 season. The talk everywhere is that all of the Staal brothers want to play together and is headed to Carolina next summer, so the Rangers have to make a move soon one way or another. There are rumors that Eric Staal is on the market, so do the Rangers make the move to bring him to Broadway? If Eric comes to New York, that still leaves Jordan Staal in Carolina, who went there to be with his brother Eric and signed for a $6 million caphit for like 10 years. So would it have to become a blockbuster deal to bring both of the Staal brothers to New York and then sign Marc to an extension in the neighborhood of Dan Girardi's $5.5 caphit per season? Do the Rangers abandon the Staal moves and move their signed Staal and send him out west in a trade for Joe Thorton who is BFF with Rick Nash and try to get Nash back to his top form? WWSD(What Will Sather Do)?
The Rangers now have Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan, Tanner Glass, Dominic Moore, and newly signed to a 1 way contract Chris Mueller under contract and expected to be on the opening night roster. Restricted Free Agents Derick Brasard, Chris Kreider, John Moore, and Mats Zuccarello are expected to sign long term contracts totalling somewhere around $11-12 million a year together. Rookies J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast have the inside track on the open spots up front leaving somewhere around $2.3 left for 1 or maybe 2 more spots depending on whether the Rangers carry an extra up front to start the season. From inside the organization, it would seem that Ryan Haggerty(who signed with the Rangers and stayed with the NHL club for the rest of last year and will work out again this summer with Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards) and Oscar Lindberg have a year under their belt learning the Rangers organization while Anthony Duclair(if not sent back to Jr's), Danny Kristo, and Ryan Bourque ar more of an long shot to stick at the NHL level more
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