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Posted 2017-06-13 5:33 PM (#676515 - in reply to #676454)
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Posted 2017-06-14 12:04 PM (#676545 - in reply to #676454)
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RANGERNUT
Posted 2017-06-15 8:38 AM (#676582 - in reply to #676454)
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What is next after the buy out of Dan Girardi's contract?

9:55AM 6/15/17

The Rangers announced yesterday that they are buying out the final three-years of Dan Girardi's contract, freeing up an extra $2.8 million in cap space for this season.

By buying out Girardi, the Rangers also had another spot open up to protect a defenseman in the expansion draft.

Girardi reportedly intends to continue his NHL career and will pursue options as a free agent after his buyout from the Rangers becomes official. (Johnston)

Adam Rotter: The Rangers could conceivably sign Brendan Smith to a new contract before Saturday, when the protected lists are submitted, and protect him in the slot that Girardi was previously in. It was kind of expected that if Smith was going to re-sign with the Rangers it would occur after the expansion draft so that they could avoid Vegas potentially taking him and his new contract, but with that slot to protect another defensemen open, it makes sense lock Smith up if they can.

Otherwise they could protect Nick Holden with that new slot or potentially a new defensemen they acquire via trade. The Rangers have some options now after buying out Girardi but it would seem like the easiest would be to lock Smith up.

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RANGERNUT
Posted 2017-06-15 8:40 AM (#676583 - in reply to #676454)
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RANGERNUT
Posted 2017-06-15 8:49 AM (#676584 - in reply to #676454)
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Derek Stepan's name is being mentioned in a lot of trade chatter

Jun 14 | 2:08PM

6/14/17 | 1:53PM: Bob McKenzie tweets that Derek Stepan's name is "fairly prominent" in trade chatter around the NHL.

McKenzie notes though that just because a player is being talked about doesn't mean he will get traded.

Stepan has four-years left on his contract at $6.5 million but has a full No-Trade clause kick in on July 1.

He had 17 goals and 38 assists in 81 games this season but only 2 goals and 4 assists in the playoffs.

It was reported last summer that the Rangers were doing a lot of "listening" in regards to a potential trade of Stepan.

Adam Rotter: There should be a lot of chatter around Stepan, but chatter also goes both ways. There is no indication that the Rangers are shopping Stepan or have any interest in moving him, but the Rangers can't stop teams from calling and asking about him. I think the Rangers would be open to moving Stepan for the right price but they aren't going to just give him away. Stepan is a valuable asset for the Rangers and someone who would be desirable for another team. He's a solid two-way player, has playoff experience, relatively consistent in his production and has cost certainty in his contract.

I would guess that with how Kevin Hayes played, and Mika Zibanejad's potential, the Rangers might be a bit more open to trading Stepan than they were last summer but it's still going to cost a lot. I don't think the Rangers move Stepan unless it nets them a younger player, probably a defenseman, who could join the Rangers core.


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Posted 2017-06-15 9:49 AM (#676586 - in reply to #676545)
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Jed Ortmeyer is a Director of Player Developement
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You forgot Ben Prentiss ................

Ben Prentiss, the offseason trainer for Marty St. Louis, Pavel Buchnevich, Brad Richards, Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard and others, is joining as a strength and conditioning consultant.
•From the Rangers release, "In his role, Prentiss will use his expertise to help develop and execute training programs for Rangers players and prospects, both on the ice and off the ice. Prentiss is the founder of Prentiss Hockey Performance (PHP), and he has worked with professional and Olympic hockey players for two decades."

Kevin Shattenkirk is also someone who has worked with Prentiss.

Chris Drury was formerly the Rangers Director of Player Development before being promoted to Assistant GM.
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Posted 2017-06-15 10:44 AM (#676588 - in reply to #676454)
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Scott Arniel is reportedly still in the mix for the Sabres job

12:05PM 6/15/17

6/15/17 | Scott Arniel remains in the mix to be the head coach of the Sabres, according to the Buffalo News.

Phil Housley is expected to get the job with Buffalo, but Arniel who played and was an assistant coach in Buffalo, but John Vogl writes that Arniel's candidacy "should be taken very seriously." (Buffalo News)

6/10/17 | Elliotte Friedman reports that Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel interviewed for the head coach openings in Florida and Buffalo. (Sportsnet)

Florida is hiring San Jose assistant Bob Boughner while Buffalo is reportedly waiting to hire Dan Bylsma's replacement until after the Stanley Cup Final. (Sportsnet)

Arniel spoke last summer about his hope to get another head coaching job in the NHL.

He coached 1 1/2 seasons in Columbus, going 45-60-18 from 2010 to 2012.

Arniel has been an associate coach with the Rangers since Alain Vigneault was hired.

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RANGERNUT
Posted 2017-06-15 12:40 PM (#676589 - in reply to #676454)
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Scott Arniel is not getting the Sabres head coaching job

1:40PM 6/15/17


6/15/17 | 1:38PM: The Sabres have hired Phil Housley, according to Darren Dreger.
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Posted 2017-06-15 1:00 PM (#676590 - in reply to #676454)
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And he shouldn't!! He can't even run a good PP
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Posted 2017-06-15 8:51 PM (#676613 - in reply to #676454)
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Posted 2017-06-26 12:48 PM (#677108 - in reply to #676454)
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Sunday 6/25/17 was the deadline to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents, and the Rangers did not give offers to forward Brandon Pirri, defenseman Adam Clendening or goalie Mackenzie Skapski. They are all now free to sign elsewhere.
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Posted 2017-06-26 12:48 PM (#677109 - in reply to #676454)
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Should the Rangers check in on Joe Thornton?

11:40AM 6/26/17

Now here's a laugher for ya....... Please NO... Please.... Im beggin.... NO.... Not again ..

Larry Brooks writes that it isn't known if Joe Thornton would have interest in joining the Rangers on a one-year deal, but that Jeff Gorton may check in on him. (NY Post)

Thornton reportedly wants another three-year deal in his next contract and Bob McKenzie said during the draft on Friday that he expects Thornton to stay in San Jose.

Thornton is currently recovering from MCL and ACL surgery and turns 38 this coming weekend.

He has reportedly been receiving a lot of interest from teams throughout the league since the window for teams to talk to pending UFAs opened yesterday.

There have been rumors connecting Thornton and the Rangers together over the past number of years.

Adam Rotter: The last time the Rangers brought in a close to 40 year old UFA from San Jose, Dan Boyle, things didn't work out as well as planned. Dan Boyle was only on a two-year deal and that was too much for the Rangers, so I don't think they will go anywhere near Joe Thornton unless it's for a one-year deal only. Thornton can still produce, though his numbers did drop last season, but he's a proven performer, has had solid playoff performances and can win faceoffs. He would seem like a nice fit but only on a one-year deal. It's likely that even despite his age and coming off of major surgeries that he will get at least 2 years from someone, maybe 3, but that team shouldn't be the Rangers.
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Posted 2017-06-26 1:02 PM (#677112 - in reply to #676454)
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I could see 2 years. He's not on his prime. He's not going to score 114 points ever again....

But he still has game. He scored 4 goals in the 7 game series in the playoffs... He put up 50 points, most of them assists

Kreider Thornton Nash
Buchnevich Zibanejad Zuccarello
Vesey Hayes Miller
Grabner Andersson Fast

McDonagh Shattenkirk
Skjei Smith
Staal DeAngelo

Lundqvist
Enroth

Is a lineup I could get in to.... if those contracts work is always a question and concern, of course.
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Posted 2017-06-26 1:13 PM (#677114 - in reply to #676454)
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I'm still holding my tongue until July 1 (ok the first week) but getting a little nervous about this offseason. We've created a huge hole at C and there's really no UFA that's qualified to fill it, so this has to come from within the organization (nobody ready, Nieves for 4C maybe) or via trade.

With Girardi buyout and Klein retirement, and Clendening allowed to walk - that's all our righties. So also, huge holes on defense. On defense at least, Shattenkirk can, and probably will, fill that hole. It may be a risk but do you sign him to a big contract, under the assumption that there will be amnesty buyouts the next lockout? That sounds like a dumb way to plan it but when you have the Rangers' deep pockets in a hard cap league, that is one way to maximize the dollars you have. Frontload a Shattenkirk offer, so he gets his money, sign him to 7 years or whatever, and assume that after 4 years (CBA expiration) you can just buy him out. So you're paying more dollars for a lower cap hit for what is essentially a 4 year contract.

DeAngelo I'm sure will get a long look at the third pair/"PP Specialist". If you can re-sign Smith and have him play the second pair right side, you should be ok. Sign a veteran to sit in the press box while Pionk develops in Hartford.

Back to center though... who f'n knows. I will be presently surprised if July 1 comes around and Gorton signs someone decent or wheels and deals a trade to get better/younger/cheaper but I don't think that happens. I think we're f'ed at center for this year at least.

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Posted 2017-06-26 1:44 PM (#677115 - in reply to #676454)
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The only other center after Thornton that seems like any kind of worth in free agency is Sam Gagner
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Posted 2017-06-26 8:50 PM (#677121 - in reply to #676454)
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Does Shane Doan have anything left? Im not opposed to Hanzal on the reasonable... then Doan would come here for free on a 1 yr they are BFF's
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Posted 2017-06-27 4:50 AM (#677124 - in reply to #676454)
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It sounds more and more like .....Maybe they WON'T

How far will the Rangers go for Kevin Shattenkirk?
Jun 26 | 5:27PM

6/26/17 | 5:25PM: Bob McKenzie was on TSN 1260 in Edmonton and Monday and was asked about Kevin Shattenkirk and the Rangers.

McKenzie said, "I don't know that the Rangers are as eager for Shattenkirk that everyone says they are. They might get in those sweepstakes but quite frankly, a big part of the reason they made the Stepan deal was that they were trying to shed a contract.

6/19/17 |Larry Brooks wrote on Monday that there is "no reason to expect" that the Rangers will sign Kevin Shattenkirk to the 6-7 year deal between $6.25 and $6.75 million he could likely command. (NY Post)

Brooks mentions the idea of a short-term deal, with a higher cap hit, but adds wonders why Shattenkirk would leave money on the table to play for the Rangers. (NY Post)

In early May, Brooks wrote that "all indications over the last two years" are that the Rangers don't view Kevin Shattenkirk as a top-pairing right defenseman, "certainly" not at a potential rate of $6.5 million for 6-7 years. (NY Post)

In early March, after the trade deadline, Brooks wrote that he would be "shocked" if the Rangers were to go longer than 5-years and $6 million per year for Shattenkirk. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: It seems like term, not the cap hit, will be the bigger issue for the Rangers but ultimately this all comes down to where Kevin Shattenkirk wants to play. I believe that if Kevin Shattenkirk wants to be a Ranger than the two sides will find a way to get things done. If Shattenkirk wants max money and a max deal (probably something like 7-years, $7 million) than he will be playing somewhere else, probably for a team near the bottom of the standings. Shattenkirk isn't Erik Karlsson but he would certainly help the Rangers ability to move the puck, create offense and give them a player who, at least on paper, seems to fit very well into Alain Vigneault's system. The bigger question, more than term or cap hit, will probably be the kind of protection clause (no-move or no-trade) that he asks for. Of the 12 defensemen who have cap hits between $5.5 million and $6.5 million, 10 have a clause of some sort.
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Posted 2017-06-27 5:49 AM (#677125 - in reply to #676454)
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The ‘exceptional’ talent who could force way onto Rangers radar
By Larry Brooks June 26, 2017 | 11:20pm

His name is Sean Day, and if the tag “exceptional” might prove hyperbolic at this moment, remember that this 19-year-old potential stud defenseman was only the fourth player in OHL history to be granted “exceptional player status” that allowed him to join the league as a 15-year-old in 2013.

The first three: John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad and Connor McDavid.

Day is a 6-foot-2, 231-pound lefty who played the right side last season. He said that’s become his preferred position. If the Rangers would give their kingdom for a horse, it would specifically be for a horse on the right side of the blue line. Nick Holden, whose game slipped dramatically the second half of the season, seems to have a spot, but beyond that, it’s wide open with Brendan Smith still an impending free agent.

http://nypost.com/2017/06/26/the-exceptional-talent-brewing-who-may...






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Posted 2017-06-27 6:21 AM (#677126 - in reply to #676454)
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Brooks is a moron. Day has no chance of beating Graves out for a spot. Graves would have lit it up this year if he played on a real team with a real coach. Day still has a lot of work to do. He has no clue how to play against men yet.
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Posted 2017-06-27 6:57 AM (#677127 - in reply to #677126)
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itsmcilrathtime - 2017-06-27 6:21 AM

Brooks is a moron. Day has no chance of beating Graves out for a spot. Graves would have lit it up this year if he played on a real team with a real coach. Day still has a lot of work to do. He has no clue how to play against men yet.


Not for nothing and I wont disagree that Brooks may be a moron as you say but, I believe if you read the article it clearly states: "just might" and "in the future"

Day; "I think my offensive game jumped another level and I matured as a player. But I just have to keep getting better and better.”
Brooks; "If he does and if he can, the Rangers just might have an exceptional talent on their blue line one day not too far in the future".

a player doesn't get listed as "exceptional player status" very often, just sayin...
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Posted 2017-06-27 6:58 AM (#677128 - in reply to #677121)
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Mikey Red - 2017-06-26 9:50 PM

Does Shane Doan have anything left? Im not opposed to Hanzal on the reasonable... then Doan would come here for free on a 1 yr they are BFF's


Absolutely not. Doan has been done for years, Hanzal is another bottom tier center. We need to replace a top 6 forward.

The best UFA option is Gagner, who isn't exactly a top 6 center but he can reasonably platoon with Hayes and Zibanejad to be 1/2/3. Hanzal doesn't have the scoring ability, really nobody else this UFA class does either.

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Posted 2017-06-27 7:10 AM (#677129 - in reply to #677127)
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RANGERNUT - 2017-06-27 7:57 AM

itsmcilrathtime - 2017-06-27 6:21 AM

Brooks is a moron. Day has no chance of beating Graves out for a spot. Graves would have lit it up this year if he played on a real team with a real coach. Day still has a lot of work to do. He has no clue how to play against men yet.


Not for nothing and I wont disagree that Brooks may be a moron as you say but, I believe if you read the article it clearly states: "just might" and "in the future"

Day; "I think my offensive game jumped another level and I matured as a player. But I just have to keep getting better and better.”
Brooks; "If he does and if he can, the Rangers just might have an exceptional talent on their blue line one day not too far in the future".

a player doesn't get listed as "exceptional player status" very often, just sayin...


Graves will probably make the NHL first, but Day has the potential to be a game-changer.

There's also the question of style, Graves is a physical, shut down type, more like a Sauer or a Beukeboom. Day has size also but his strengths are rushing the puck and using his vision. Graves is much more mature defensively than Day at this point, Day's hope is that his dynamic offensive ability can overshadow defensive deficiencies.

There's an outside shot, that if Day plays the style this team needs more, that he could leapfrog Graves in the depth chart. I don't think Day is nearly ready yet but for a guy with his abilities I'm perfectly willing to shave off a year or two of the typical timeline it takes for a defenseman to be ready for NHL action.
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Posted 2017-06-27 8:23 AM (#677134 - in reply to #677128)
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Mikey Red - 2017-06-26 9:50 PM

Does Shane Doan have anything left? Im not opposed to Hanzal on the reasonable... then Doan would come here for free on a 1 yr they are BFF's


Absolutely not. Doan has been done for years, Hanzal is another bottom tier center. We need to replace a top 6 forward.

The best UFA option is Gagner, who isn't exactly a top 6 center but he can reasonably platoon with Hayes and Zibanejad to be 1/2/3. Hanzal doesn't have the scoring ability, really nobody else this UFA class does either.


Yeah its not the greatest class for sure...I only wondered Doan maybe play for 1 year...and then if Lias is the real deal, maybe he comes up the year after. If a top 6 forward is the case...might have to look at Duchense ...I'd still like to have Trouba
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Posted 2017-06-27 9:46 AM (#677137 - in reply to #676454)
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Potential options for the Rangers to replace Raanta

8:56AM 6/27/17

Jeff Gorton said last week that while he was reluctant to move Antti Raanta, the Coyotes insisted on the goalie as part of the package that landed the Rangers Anthony DeAngelo and Lias Andersson.

Gorton said that Raanta was a tough player to give up and that since joining the Rangers Raanta had been "very good, great in our room and great on the ice."

He added that Raanta also wanted to be a number one goalie and that he will have a "great opportunity" to do that in Arizona.

On looking for his replacement, Gorton said that it looks to be a strong market for goalies and and that, with the help of Benoit Allaire, the Rangers have been able to find success with the goalies they bring in.

Larry Brooks wrote that the Rangers have reached out to Buffalo's Anders Nilsson about the role. (NY Post)

Brooks adds that other possible candidates could include Antti Niemi, Keith Kinkaid, Mike Condon or Ondrej Pavelec. (NY Post)

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Posted 2017-06-27 9:55 AM (#677138 - in reply to #676454)
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Way too much love for Raantaa...He was the backup goalie...we never won anything with him...we can do it without him too
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Posted 2017-06-27 9:57 AM (#677140 - in reply to #676454)
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Skapski kid must of fell off the map for them not to qualify him. I thought Benoit could work with him
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Posted 2017-06-27 10:32 AM (#677141 - in reply to #676454)
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The thing with goaltenders especially backups, is they literally are a dime a dozen, and available all the time. The Rangers are fortunate to have Allaire to pick and work with the goalies. Many thought the sky had fallen when Talbot got traded, for what seemed a lessor return. Raanta stepped in and did the job and leaves with number 1 potential just like Talbot. I have little doubt Allaire will find a suitable replacement. Will the new backups career mirror Talbot and Raanta's solid starter and potential starter progression? If it does the Rangers better give Allaire a blank contract to fill in the numbers.
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Posted 2017-06-27 10:40 AM (#677142 - in reply to #677134)
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Mikey Red - 2017-06-27 9:23 AM

concust - 2017-06-27 6:58 AM

Mikey Red - 2017-06-26 9:50 PM

Does Shane Doan have anything left? Im not opposed to Hanzal on the reasonable... then Doan would come here for free on a 1 yr they are BFF's


Absolutely not. Doan has been done for years, Hanzal is another bottom tier center. We need to replace a top 6 forward.

The best UFA option is Gagner, who isn't exactly a top 6 center but he can reasonably platoon with Hayes and Zibanejad to be 1/2/3. Hanzal doesn't have the scoring ability, really nobody else this UFA class does either.


Yeah its not the greatest class for sure...I only wondered Doan maybe play for 1 year...and then if Lias is the real deal, maybe he comes up the year after. If a top 6 forward is the case...might have to look at Duchense ...I'd still like to have Trouba


The problem i have with older guys like doan, thornton, etc is as much the fact that you're forcing one of your own prospects down the chart for another year. Doan might score 30 points, and your prospect might only score 20 and have some growing pains, but you're also investing a year worth of pro experience in him.

Problem is that the rangers don't have anyone at C really worthy of making the jump. So a guy like thornton on a one year deal isn't the worst idea. Barring a trade, we do need something more down the middle.
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Posted 2017-06-27 10:46 AM (#677143 - in reply to #676454)
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Yep...There is nothing in Hartford. You also maybe dont want to burn a year off the rookie contract either
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Posted 2017-06-27 3:42 PM (#677149 - in reply to #676454)
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I just knew we'd lose Lindberg to LVK and not Raanta. LVK had no use for Raanta once Fleury was theirs. Not sure why Rangers felt comfortable with that (losing Lindberg), especially since it seemed clear there was the deal in the works with AZ for seemed like a few weeks

And once one thing happened maybe the brakes should have been used a little on the other and think about your center position a bit. Now - a gaping hole and little available there in free agency. Would love Duchene but Rangers don't have anything to give that Colorado wants (and Colorado has lots of wants)
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Posted 2017-06-28 4:15 AM (#677175 - in reply to #676454)
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6/27/17 | Elliotte Friedman writes that the Rangers and Smith appear "headed towards a deal." (Sportsnet)

6/26/17 | Brendan Smith's agent says that he continues to have "good dialogue" with Jeff Gorton and said that "hopefully" the two are working toward a resolution that would keep Smith with the Rangers. (NY Post)

Smith's agent says that both sides are "trying to make it happen." (NY Post)


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Posted 2017-06-28 3:03 PM (#677204 - in reply to #677149)
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sureshore - 2017-06-27 4:42 PM

I just knew we'd lose Lindberg to LVK and not Raanta. LVK had no use for Raanta once Fleury was theirs. Not sure why Rangers felt comfortable with that (losing Lindberg), especially since it seemed clear there was the deal in the works with AZ for seemed like a few weeks

And once one thing happened maybe the brakes should have been used a little on the other and think about your center position a bit. Now - a gaping hole and little available there in free agency. Would love Duchene but Rangers don't have anything to give that Colorado wants (and Colorado has lots of wants)


Just trade Deangelo for Tyson Barrie, and then send Barrie back for Duchene. Sakic is so desperate at this point it just might work
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Posted 2017-06-30 4:52 AM (#677254 - in reply to #676454)
Subject: Re: How active will the Rangers be this offseason?



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Where things stand with Kevin Shattenkirk and the Rangers heading into Saturday

Jun 29 | 6:18PM

6/29/17 | Larry Brooks tweeted earlier today that the Rangers have checked in with pending UFA defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and will speak with him on Saturday.

Brooks adds though that for Shattenkirk to sign with the Rangers he would need to leave millions of dollars on the table.

He went on to tweet that the Devils are expected to be among the most serious and aggressive bidders for Shattenkirk.

Eliotte Friedman wrote today that the Rangers are "determined to be modest" and that it would take them out of the running for Shattenkirk "unless something really changes." (Sportsnet)

Friedman adds that the Sabres are expected to be a "serious suitor" for Shattenkirk. (Sportsnet)

Today on 630 CHED in Edmonton, Friedman said "I think Buffalo has made a big play for him. I still think that Kevin Shattenkirk would love to be a Ranger, I don't know if it's going to fit. The Rangers have made it clear that they aren't going to be as crazy on the open market as they have in the past so I don't know if there is a fit there but from what I understand Buffalo has made a really big pitch for him.

Today on Sportsnet 960 in Calgary, Friedman said "we've all been writing for a long time that he wants to play for the Rangers but I think the Rangers are at a point in their existence where they are determined to be prudent. If he is looking for 7-years at big money, I don't think he will get it in New York. If he still wants to go there it's going to take a lot of wrangling but he's probably going to have to leave some money on the table. Buffalo is there, I didn't put NJ in because I can't prove it, it's not something I have heard as much but it makes a lot of sense. I think those are the teams. I think his market is interesting, a little different but if he really wants to go to New York it's going to take some work between him and the team."

Adam Rotter: Until he has signed somewhere else, I still believe there is a pretty good chance that if Kevin Shattenkirk wants to play for the Rangers than he will play for the Rangers. The Rangers won't give him the most money, they almost certainly won't go seven-years unless it significantly lowers the cap hit, but there are teams who can give him seven years and a high cap hit. It depends what Shattenkirk wants. If he wants to play for the Rangers than he will probably sign a four-year deal that is likely just north of $6 million. If he wants to maximize his earning potential, which he has every right to do, he will end up somewhere else. Another factor that comes with going for the most money is that he will likely get it from a team that won't be in the playoffs. Shattenkirk has been on a playoff team the past 6 years. It's a big decision for Shattenkirk and there are ways it can work between him and the Rangers, it's just that his desire to play for them has to be greater than going for the most money.

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