Jul
31

Prospect notes: Calle Andersson, Traverse City invites

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A few prospect notes to round out your Friday:

  • Calle Andersson, the Rangers 4th round pick in 2012, will leave Sweden and play in Hartford next year. I said that Andersson could be a sleeper, and coming over to North America shows he is ready for the next step in his development.
  • Cameron Askew, Jerret Smith, and Mark Simpson are three players that will be invited to play on the Rangers Traverse City Tournament team this year. Credit to Adam Herman for consolidating that information.
  • The Wolf Pack have re-signed forward Shawn O’Donnell. The 27-year-old will provide nice forward depth for the Pack.
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Jul
31

Poll: Will AV really scratch Tanner Glass?

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Now that Derek Stepan’s contract situation is all settled, the Rangers roster for the 2015-2016 season is more or less set. There is always a possibility for a Ryan Malone-style PTO, but as of now, this is our group. Currently, there are fourteen (thirteen if you don’t actually count Glass) viable NHL forwards fighting for playing time on the roster. Certain factors like Mats Zuccarello’s recovery and the continued upward trajectory of JT Miller/Jesper Fast’s development could potentially test the depth that Glen Sather/Jeff Gorton have built. Read More→

Jul
30

BSB partners with The Sporting News for video content

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A week ago, I alluded to new features that would be coming to the blog soon. Today, we are happy to announce that we have partnered with The Sporting News to bring video content here to BSB. There is a new page in the menu called ‘Videos’ which will take you to the video page, where you can select your videos. Over the next few days, Sporting News will have preview videos coming for all teams around the league. When the season starts, they will be bringing us highlights that will surely enhance our goal breakdowns.

Hope you all enjoy the new feature.

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Jul
30

Thoughts from around the league

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Will Kevin Hayes be celebrating as much next year?

Will Kevin Hayes be celebrating as much next year?

In addition to checking on the teams in the Metropolitan we’re going to take a look at general league goings on as we’re in the middle of hockey summer and as we eventually approach the pre-season. So, without further delay…

Unsustainable shooting percentage

Starting with some Rangers stuff (hey, we’re a Ranger blog after all). Having looked at the shooting percentages, Kevin Hayes (15.3%) will be an interesting follow next year as his shooting % is surely unsustainable. Offensively Hayes finished the regular season on fire but can he repeat his numbers, can he kick on offensively or, given a likely shooting percentage regression, will his numbers take a dip?

Bernier lowballed by the Leafs.

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Jul
29

New Jersey Devils offseason recap

July 29, 2015, by · Comments (47)
First-round pick Pavel Zacha is New Jersey's next great hope on offense

First-round pick Pavel Zacha is New Jersey’s next great hope on offense

Last year: 32-36-14, seventh in the Metro Division. Missed the playoffs by 20 points.

Key additions: Ray Shero, John Hynes, Pavel Zacha, John Moore, Kyle Palmieri

Key subtractions: Lou Lamoriello, Bryce Salvador, Michael Ryder, Scott Gomez, Steve Bernier, Mark Fraser, Martin Havlat

Offense: The Devils may have finally landed a true blue chipper to build around with the drafting of Zacha, but their group of forwards is still at the bottom of the league. New Jersey chose to let several of its over the hill veterans depart as free agents in a clear attempt to discover what the team has in youngsters like Stefan Matteau, Jacob Josefson and Reid Boucher, but it is abundantly clear that New Jersey needs a total overhaul up front. Still, Zacha and Palmieri may be keepers, and along with Adam Henrique they are the early pieces of a long-term offensive rebuild. Read More→

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Jul
28

Quick thoughts after the Derek Stepan signing

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Stepan (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Derek Stepan signed yesterday, as new GM Jeff Gorton fit the final piece of the offseason puzzle into place. Stepan’s deal came in at six years, $39 million ($6.5 million cap hit). The deal has a full no trade for the first four years, and then a limited no trade for the final two (I believe). Stepan has a no-move clause throughout, meaning he can’t be sent to the AHL.

  • This is a solid deal for both sides. There is no doubt that Stepan left money on the table, probably about $300k per year, or $1.8 million total. That’s no small amount. The deal fits under the cap for this year and in the future, and locks up their 1C through age 31. As for Stepan, he ensures he gets at least one more big payday when this contract expires.
  • A few folks have issues with the length of the deal, but I don’t quite understand that. If Stepan were 30, then I would understand. But the kid is 25, and this deal locks up his prime years. The decline starts in the mid-30s, not the mid-20s.

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Jul
27

Rangers agree to terms with Derek Stepan

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What a goal this was.

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with RFA center Derek Stepan on a multi-year contract. Per Larry Brooks, it is a six year deal worth $6.5 million per year. This makes Stepan the second highest paid skater on the Rangers (Rick Nash) at just 25 years old. The deal expires when Stepan is 31, so the Rangers are locking up Stepan’s prime years at a relative bargain price. The deal has a no-trade clause for the early years and a no-move clause for the last years.

Stepan put up a career high pace last year, with a line of 16-39-55 in 68 games. Stepan missed the first 14 games of the season with a broken fibula, the first injury of his career that forced him to miss regular season time. When you average that out to 82 games, he was on pace for 19 goals and 66 points.

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Jul
27

Rangers elect one-year arbitration award

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Just a quick update on the Derek Stepan arbitration process: The Rangers have elected a one-year arbitration award for Stepan. If this goes to arbitration, Stepan will get a one-year deal, meaning he will be an RFA next year as well. This isn’t all that surprising, as it ensures the Rangers get one more crack at a long term deal.

Again, this likely isn’t getting to arbitration. I’m expecting both sides to come to terms this afternoon.  The Rangers submitted a $5.2 million offer, while Stepan submitted $7.25 million. Since the numbers are pretty close in arbitration, it’s a fair assumption that both sides are close.

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Stepan (Photo: AP)

Derek Stepan’s arbitration date is tomorrow, and he will be the talk of Rangerland until the day he signs. So here are some things to expect to hear over the next two days.

1. Everyone will flip out over Stepan’s asking price.

Stepan is asking for $7.25 million in arbitration. Insert rage here.

In reality, Stepan’s asking price is actually reasonable. He’s worth more than that on the open market, but for some reason people have an aversion to signing homegrown players to large contracts. The kid is 25 years old and was on a 66 point pace over a full 82 games. He did this while dragging around a 41-year-old and clearly lost it Martin St. Louis on his line.

2. No one will have an issue with the Rangers’ price.

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Jul
25

Mailbag: Chris Kreider’s next contract

July 25, 2015, by · Comments (13)

Just one question this week, but it’s an important one. As always, you can submit questions for the mailbag by using the form on the right.

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Kreider

Tyler asks: Do you think Kreider’s next contract will be close to Gustav Nyquist deal? I’d say those two are pretty close comparables.

That’s a difficult question to answer at the moment, since this season will play a large role in the contract Chris Kreider receives. This year, Kreider has a cap hit of $2.475 million, but is getting $2.6 million in salary. That means his qualifying offer will be $2.6 million. Nyquist’s new deal is four years at a $4.75 million cap hit.

Nyquist will turn 26 when the season starts, so his new contract buys two RFA years and two UFA years. Kreider will turn 25 in April 2016, so his new contract will also buy two RFA years, with any remaining term buying UFA years. Remember that unrestricted free agency is determined by the age of the player in June of the offseason, so Nyquist’s late birthday actually hurts him here.

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