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It appears Matthew Tkachuk could be leaving Calgary soon, with the 24 year old forward being taken to salary arbitration by his club. Tkachuk would reportedly be interested in a US city, and it's thought the New York Rangers would be one of his preferred destinations.

The chances of that desire being realized though, are very low indeed. With the Rangers having signed Vincent Trocheck to a seven year deal last week, and with contracts coming due to Alexis Lafreniere, K'Andre Miller, Zac Jones, Vitali Kravtsov and Filip Chytil next season, it's hard to see how the Rangers could add yet another big name on a long term contract.

In order to clear $10 million in Cap space to account for Tkachuk, the Rangers are somewhat restricted by the NMCs the've handed out to Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Jacob Trouba, Artemi Panarin, and more recently, Vincent Trocheck.

The five players account for around $40M in Cap space, with untouchable players Adam Fox and Igor Shesterkin added an additional $15M or so.

The only way this would work is if they somehow also got one of that group, like Panarin, Trouba or Kreider, to waive their NMC to go to Calgary, which seems highly unlikely given they all set career marks here last year and seem well settled in New York.

In addition, the Rangers would likely have to deal additional players like Kakko, Chytil and perhaps a guy like Lundkvist, which perhaps could be overcome by the addition and the remaining depth in the organization.

Without the headliner going the other way though, it seems unlikely that this type of move would be possible.

Filip Chytil 6/7
Took a hard check from Hedman and left the game late in the second period and did not return
Ryan Strome 6/7
Skated in warm-ups for Game 4 but couldn't go
Sammy Blais 5/18
Skated for the first time, but is still probably at least a couple of weeks away. Could return if the NYR make it to the next round

Question Of The Day

August 19th, 2021

Earlier this year the Rangers won by a margin of nine goals as they beat the Flyers 9-0. How many times has the margin been bigger?

Read the submissions so far and see if you can come up with the best caption for today's photo

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Bobby Kirk - 1909
Bill Gadsby - 1927
Greg Polis - 1950


  Born: May 14 - 1975  
  Position: Center  
  Games Played: 7  
  Goals: 0  
  Assists: 1  
  Points: 1  
  Penalty Minutes: 4  
Kaapo Kakko was coming off his ELC and signed a two year bridge deal
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 9:50:08 AM - July 28, 2022

Rangers GM Chris Drury appears to have wrapped up his Summer activities with the news today that Kaapo Kakko and hte team have agreed to a two year bridge contract at $2.1M per year.  The contract means the Rangers will go into the season with around $900K of salary cap space, would be translate to around $4M of space at the deadline, excluding impacts from injuries and any other moves that might occur before then.

After being scratched in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, there had been speculation that Kakko might be traded for a center.  A possible trade failed, with the Rangers' salary cap status playing a big part in limiting the options.  With the signing of Vincent Trocheck to a seven year deal on the first day of free agency, it made the likely return of Kakko much higher, with the main concern being that he might hold out going into training camp in September.

The contract is a relatively good deal for the Rangers, with every dollar giving them a bit more flexibility going into the trade deadline.  Unlike last year, the team will have far fewer options this year, especially if they want to avoid trading roster players like they did last season.


Rounding Out The Roster
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 10:56:08 AM - July 14, 2022

After a busy first day of free agency yesterday, that saw Chris Drury sign a second line center, two NHL experienced netminders and a trade that freed up some Cap room by moving Patrik Nemeth's remainig two years at $2.5M to Arizona, he turned his attention to adding a little more depth, by adding a forward and a defenseman  more

Rangers Trade Nemeth
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 12:22:24 PM - July 13, 2022

A day after it became clear the Rangers would not be buying out the two remaining seasons of Patrik Nemeth's contract, GM Chris Drury moved the remaining two years of Patrik Nemeth's contract to the Arizona Coyotes, along with two draft picks in exchange for 22 year old AHLer Ty Emberson  more

From Foe To Friend - Domingue Joins Rangers
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 12:06:03 PM - July 13, 2022

In their third UFA signing of the day, the Rangers added netminder Louis Domingue on a two year, one-way contract worth $775,000 AAV.  The signing brings together the former third string goaltender, and unlikely starter in the first round of the 2022 playoffs, and the team that he helped hold at bay for the better part of the series  more

Second Line Center: Trocheck
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 9:33:16 AM - July 13, 2022

For much of 2022, there's been questions over who would be lineup alongside Artemi Panarin and behind Mika Zibanejad in the second line center spot.  With last year's choice Ryan Strome heading to free agency, and second option Andrew Copp preferring to head to his home state of Michigan, the focus turned to first the trade market and finally ended up with a choice from free agency  more

Four Qualified - Four Not
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 1:27:13 PM - July 11, 2022

With qualifying offers required to RFAs today, news has been reported that four of the Rangers eight RFAs have been given qualifying offers.  Unsurprisingly the biggest name on the list is Kaapo Kakko, who is coming off his Entry Level Contract.  Joining him on the list are Austin Rueschhoff, a lanky 6-7 winger who joined the Rangers as an undrafted forward out of college and showed some modest improvement last year in his second pro season, along with Wolf Pack captain and occasional call-up forward Tim Gettinger  more

37 Invited to Development Camp
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 2:54:59 PM - July 10, 2022

With the NHL Entry Draft concluded on Friday, the Rangers today announced their development camp roster which will start tomorrow in the team's practive facility at Greenburgh, NY.  In all, 37 players were invited to camp, including 27 draft picks, 2 undrafted players signed out of college, and AHL contractee and seven invitees  more

Georgiev Traded For Picks
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 11:08:02 AM - July 7, 2022

With just six days to go until the July 13th Free Agency period, Chris Drury exchanged backup netminder Alexandar Georgiev to the Colorado for three mid-round picks.  With the Rangers short on time and Cap space, the move provides some expected relief, and returns a few modest assets that replace some of the picks dispensed at last season's trade deadline  more

It Makes Some Sort Of Cents
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 11:28:30 AM - July 1, 2022

How would you feel if the Rangers traded 22 year old Filip Chytil?  What about if former second overall pick Kaapo Kakko was traded?  What if they both get traded?  Because that could be very well where we're heading this Summer as the Rangers look to compete for the Cup now, and do so with little Salary Cap room in which to operate  more

Drury Cleans Out Scouting Department
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 8:59:51 AM - June 16, 2022

Per The Athletic, Rangers General Manager Chris Drury has let several Rangers scouting staff go, including Gordie Clark.  Clark lead the Rangers scouting staff for more than a decade under first Glen Sather and then Jeff Gorton, before being demoted to the Pro Scout role after Drury took over last season  more

UFA RW Jake Elmer $809,166    
UFA RW Anthony Greco $737,500    
UFA C Maxim Letunov $750,000    
UFA C Tyler Motte $1,225,000    
UFA C Justin Richards $925,000    
UFA G Tyler Wall $925,000    
08.01 CJ Smith Signed as a free agent for 1 year - $750K AAV
07.28 Kaapo Kakko Re-signed for 2 years - $2.1M AAV
07.22 Timothy Gettinger Re-signed for 1 year - $750K AAV
07.18 Austin Rueschhoff Activated from Injured Reserve
07.15 Adam Sykora Signed contract for 3 year ELC - $950K AAV
07.14 Ryan Carpenter Signed as a free agent for 1 year - $750K AAV
07.13 Andy Welinski Signed as a free agent for 1 year - $750K
07.13 Keith Kinkaid Became Unrestricted Free Agent
07.13 Ty Emberson Received via trade from Arizona Coyotes for Patrik Nemeth, 2025 2nd round pick and conditional 2026 2nd round pick
07.13 Louis Domingue Signed as a free agent for 2 years - $775K AAV
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