Free Agent Frenzy! (Open Thread)

Well, today is the day. At noon EST, the free agency period will officially begin, and we all watch with bated breath to see what General Manager Glen Sather will do. Sather’s track record on July 1 post-lockout is, well, uh, bad. With news that Redden is almost certain to be waived unless he has a tremendous camp, that will give the Rangers an extra $6.5 million to play with come noon today. That also worries many of us. Most of the prime free agents are gone, but guys like Ilya Kovalchuk are still available, albeit to the disdain of Rangers fans.

Personally, I would like them to avoid any UFA defensemen on the market. There is incredible depth in the system, and signing any UFAs might make Ryan McDonagh avoid signing for this season. As for forwards, I would prefer the Rangers get someone like Pavol Demitra or Vinny Prospal for a year at a relatively cheap price as a stopgap for guys like Derek Stepan and Evgeny Grachev. For backup goalie, I would like to see Johan Hedberg. He’s competent, and a real Rangers killer.

I’ll be updating this until about 5pm EST, at which point I have to head out to play softball. At that point, either jurgenno or Jeremy will be updating. So stick around for all the big news. Rangers signings/news will be in bold.

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138 thoughts on “Free Agent Frenzy! (Open Thread)

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 8:12 am
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    good deal for Leafs, because Sweatt is a legit prospect too. Dunno how they got him included. Its not a bad deal for Hawks if Stahlberg pans out.

    If we come out of today with Hedberg, Prospal AND demitra all on 1 year deals (unlikely i know) i’ll be delighted. I think we can accommodate all 3 and still bring through additional youth.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 9:34 am
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    It’s funny, because I guarantee you if the Rangers stay silent, and they let the kids play, and the Rangers are not good, people will be calling out Sather as to why he didn’t make moves.

    That’s my guarantee.

    Personally, I don’t want anything major.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 9:42 am
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      there’s absolutely nothing wrong with stayng pat and im ok with it, just as im ok with a few (short term) depth moves.

      But… without defending Sather’s past i do think there’s an element of ‘you’re damned if you do damned if you don’t’ in NY sports.

      If we came away from the UFA season with just a back up i wouldnt be distraught. Im not expecting much other than development of youth for next season anyway.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 9:46 am
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    I’ve defended Sather’s plan for the post-lockout Rangers. It was very clear he was rebuilding, and needed veterans as a stop gap.

    It was the emergence of Hank that got us all spoiled and expecting playoffs. Without that, the Rangers are in the top-10 in the draft for a few years.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm
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    For what it is worth, GVT didn’t like Biron last year. -5.5 GVT

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm
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      Ehh, we will see how he does with Staal as his primary defender.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm
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    gonchar to ottawa wahhh

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm
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      Yea, sorry about that Becky.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm
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    I am incredibly happy Christensen is back…without knowing the contract details. I have faith that Slats got him on a good deal though.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm
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      Brooks reporting 2 years 9-950K per. WIN

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm
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        Kypreos saying $925K per. More WIN.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm
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          Awesome, exactly what I wanted him to be signed for.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm
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        waste of money on christensen every body acts like this guy is a legite first line center he had a few good games even if he comes cheap hes not that good.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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          He’s good enough to be a top 12 forward on this team for less than $1 million per year.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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          For the little money he signed for, it’s worth the risk. Worst case scenario, next year he takes Boyle’s spot as 4th line center/13th forward.

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm
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            2 solid moves by Slats so far

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm
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    I wonder what this CGY rumor is. I’m hoping Bourque.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm
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      I’d love Rene Bourque

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm
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        Me too. I wonder what it would cost to get him though.

        Considering it’s Calgary…Brashear, Voros and Redden?

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm
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    Babchuk returns to Carolina.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm
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      underrated player. big shot. if price is right good deal

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm
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        He defected to the KHL for a year, probably realized the league sucked, and came back.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm
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      i agree about christensen a good signing if hes not gonna be our hope for first line center

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm
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    Steen re-ups with St. Louis. That’s going to be a hefty contract.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm
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      if they over pay shame on them. he’s top 9, 20 goal guy. nice roster player but not at ANY price

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm
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    Remember this time last year? Everyone hoping for something awesome and then BOOM, Gaborik. I was so happy.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm
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      Gabby was so good; made for a great day!

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm
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      I was nervous for that deal. I wasn’t sure what to expect from him.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm
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    That’s a whole lotta money for St. Louis.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm
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      And at a 35+ deal. That could bite them in the ass.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm
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    Shit. Michalek to Pitt.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm
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      $4 mil per. Ehh.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm
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        That’s cheap, gives them room to go after a winger or another D. Plus it fills the hole left by Gonchar.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm
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    4m for Michalek? Pit can have him

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm
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      I thought he was going to get more than that.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm
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        he’s a good player. Volchenkov get more? Im nervous about us and Volch now….

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm
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          Volch will get Gonchar money.

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm
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            urgh
            So long as it isnt from us

            • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm
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              I think we’ve pretty much seen the extent of what Slats is going to do. I don’t see them going for a big name.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm
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    Auld to MTL for $1 million. Rangers saved money.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm
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    Colby Armstrong got $3 million?!?!?! Nittymaki got $4 million?!?!?!?!

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm
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      who the hell gave Nitt… 4m?!

      and apparently we’re conidering Iginla. I dont buy that

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm
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        SJ gave him that ridiculous contract. Someone shit the bed on that one.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm
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          yeah, my sharks friend just told me – almost threw up! ha

          Malhotra got overpaid (and a NTC?!) by Nucks.

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm
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            I can’t believe he got a NTC.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm
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    Morris got $11 million over 4 years from PHX. Wow.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm
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      less sensible deals starting to come in now. starting pretty reasonably

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm
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    Boogaard is bad idea. Hope they stay far far away.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm
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      agreed. horrible.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm
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    Had a quick conference call. If we get Boogard, I’m going to kill someone.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm
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      shelley to flyers 3 yrs1.1m/yr. WOW
      Im glad we didnt give him that and how are flyers fitting all these players in?!??!

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm
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        They can go to $65 million in cap overages until Oct 1.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm
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    Very glad we didn’t give Shelley that kind of money. Not worth it for a 4th line guy. Philly will have major cap issues.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm
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      I have no idea how Philly are doing this. Inc ODonnell, Meszaros, Leighton and Shelley they must be over cap!

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm
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      However, if the Rangers sign Boogaard fro $1.65 mil, I’ll be pissed.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm
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    Little late, but love Biron deal. Finally, a French Canadian player.

    Christensen is a good deal–right price

    Am I going to miss Shelley? Yeah. Does it hurt to see him go to Philly? Sure. Is it an inexplicable blunder like Larry Brooks says it is? Hell no

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm
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      even Brooks agrees thats its a big overpayment though. and it is

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm
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    Paul Martin to Pitt. Shit.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm
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    Paul Martin to Pittsburgh. Shit just got real

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm
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      So long as the kids develop im ok but im sensing lottery pick next year. Big time.
      Pens improved. Flyers (cap allowing?!) improved. Islanders drafted well.
      Today = URGH. and if we get Boogaard for rumoured 1.65(!) i may murder Sather

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm
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        I don’t mind the Rangers standing pat. But if it’s really $1.65 million per year for Boogaard, I’m going to set Sather on fire.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm
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    Boogard to the Rangers. Don’t hate. He’s 6-8

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm
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      4 years, $1.65 mil per. How can you not hate?

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm
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    FIRE SATHER.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm
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      if its really those terms my support is waivering. seriously. this is disgusting.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm
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    I don’t get the uproard over Boogaard. Sure, it’s a lot of money, but the dude is an enforcer, and he’s good

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm
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      $1.65 million over 4 years for a guy who won’t play more than 5 mins a game. This is a terrible move if that’s the contract.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm
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      he will play 4min/game. for same money as Cally!

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm
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        I get the money issue. I do. It’s a lot of money. But this isn’t a jump off the bridge signing. This is signing probably the best enforcer in the league to a contract a bit over market value. He’s 28, not 38. This isn’t Brashear. This is better.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm
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          No, it isn’t. Boogaard has no real skill. He’s just big. You know who else is big? Boyle. He sucks. They both suck. If you can’t put the puck in the net and you can’t play defense, you shouldn’t be on the NY Rangers.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm
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      He’s good at what? Fighting? He sure as hell sucks at everything else.

      We had Brashear. It was terrible. Now we have Boogaard. He is terrible.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm
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        HE’s not BRashear. He’s better. He made $1.2 mil last season. This is the expected jump. It’s a lot of money and years. It’s not a signing that’s gonna set the franchise back 10 years.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm
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          for a guy with 2 goals in 255 games? I know he’s decent, and the money thing isn’t so much my beef…but it’s the years for me.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm
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          How is he better? What skill(s) does he have that make him a good hockey player?

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm
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          You’re right Jeremy. Thank you for not not over reacting like everyone else (myself included). When you sit back and look at it, yes, the term is longer than expected, but the $$ isn’t.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm
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    orr/brasher like shelley/Boogaard?

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm
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      Sort of, except Brashear was 37, and Boogaard is 28.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm
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    I’m going back on my initial reaction a little bit. Boogy made $1.2 million last year, so $1.65 isn’t that much of a raise. I have an issue with the four years though.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm
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      i dont like him, i dont like 1.65 but i COULD live with that for 1 year, 4 YEARS!?!?! oh god.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm
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        Yea, that length is questionable at best. Maybe the structure of the contract means he can be a buyout candidate at the end.

        At least it’s not a 35+ contract.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm
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        Agreed.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm
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          when 5 minutes after a deal the positive is:
          At least it’s not a 35+ contract

          …. you know times are bad.

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm
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            Look on the bright side. We could be Calgary fans.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm
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    curious to see what they offer Staal. Still cant believe they offer an enforcer 1.65 for 4 years. I really liked Shelley, although he couldnt really fight much. I guess they still have the haunting memory of Gaborik “fighting” carcillo

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm
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    Right now sather’s toughest decision is which brand of cigar to smoke

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm
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      Playboy makes cigars now…

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm
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    via @ NYP_Brooksie As of this moment, Rangers will be cap-charged with $3.05M for Boogaard and Brashear.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm
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      Yea, but that’s emphasizing the Brashear signing, which was horrible, more than anything. Boogaard isn’t that terrible of a deal.

      And btw, it’s $2.95, the Rangers save $100,000 by sending Brashear to Hartford. Don’t listen to Brooks for salary numbers.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm
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        just go to capgeek and do the numbers yourself your better off

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm
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          I don’t think Matt includes the $100,000 demotion in the calculations.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm
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          woith voros and boyle gone we have 11,140,833 left to spend and sign staal and girardi if we sign them at staal for 3.5 and girardi at 2.5 we have about 5,140,833 available and if we dump redden to the minors(we could only wish for this)then we have 11,640,833 left.besides prust.

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm
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            I think Redden gets dumped. I’m going to have to eat my words on that one. And I will never be as happy as the day I will have to do that. I’m looking forward to it.

            • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm
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              you finally caved are you ok dave lol

              • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm
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                I think that an article published in a Dolan owned entity means that he’s on his last life as a Ranger. They don’t need to waive him yet, but I think they will.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm
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    Great signing by EDM for Foster. That’s going to be the best bargain out there.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm
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      read my salary reply its from capgeek.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm
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        and just watched some footage of boogard hes an animal though we did overpay a little

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm
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        If they assign Brashear to Hartford, they get an extra $100,000 in cap space. I’m pretty sure that’s not included in CapGeek’s calculations.

        BTW, http://blueseatblogs.com/understanding-the-cap

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm
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          no it doesnt take that off but with redden gone 11 mill can do alot more.

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm
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            and thats with everyone else signed thats crazy

            • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm
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              They aren’t in dire straits with the cap, but it would be nice to have a little more breathing room.

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm
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            If they assign Brashear to Hartford, they save $100,000. That is a fact.

            • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm
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              the devils just landed volchenchov.the east is getting strong were gonna be bottom feeders.

              • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm
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                I’ll take a lottery pick next year. I’m worried though, last year there were no ties to the Rangers and Gaborik, and we signed him.

                This year there are no ties to the Rangers and Kovalchuk. I’m qworried.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm
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    Volchenkov to the Devils pretty much ensure the Rangers are not finishing in the top-three of the division again.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm
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    CHI trades Andrew Ladd to ATL. That team got dismantled quick.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm
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      talk about a house cleaning now we need one in the management area.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm
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        It’s actually kind of funny. We need Sather gone, but the next GM walks into a cushy situation with a stocked farm system and a team that will be great in 3 years.

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm
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      nice prospect back though. And a solid pick. Its a roster gutting but they’ve acquired good picks and prospects (Morin etc) going forward

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm
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        Yea, this will be an off year for Chicago, but they will be back in full force in a few years. That Tallon gaffe really hurt them.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm
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          yes it did. Alot of people underrated Morin in the Buff deal. He’ll end being best player in the deal. 30-35 goal potential, especially if he gets a center like Toews.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm
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    Rangers talking to Frolov…

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm
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      i’ll scream if is fr more than 3.5
      Uber talented but a headcase….

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm
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        Prospal about to be re-signed.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm
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          Sweet. I wonder how much.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm
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          $1 million base, $1.1 in bonuses. Bonuses will be added to next year’s cap.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm
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    Orr for 1M per for 4
    vs. Brash and Boogie for 2.95M per?
    you decide

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm
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      Well, when you put it THAT way…LOL.

      Sather has butchered his deals with the tough guys the past two years.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm
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    Rangers closing in on Prospal

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm
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    Prospal has signed, awaiting terms.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm
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    Drury should play left wing as he did with Briere in Buffalo;
    Lines
    Prospal Duby Gabby
    Drury Christensen Cally
    Avery Anisimov Prust?
    Boogie Boyle Weise
    switch Christen and AA if necessary
    if Duby plays the wing, his career will be stunted

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm
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      Swap Anisimov and Christensen, and Prust and Weise, and you got yourself a lineup that will place 4th in the Atlantic.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm
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        i also think, despite the deal, Boogaard only dresses for 45-55 games.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm
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          Probably, but that depends on the Voros situation.

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm
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            Well hopefully the Voros situation is that he’s an AHLer. we need his cap hit more than ever.

            • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm
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              Yea, I think that’s what’s going to happen. Or he may get dealt to a team with cap space but an internal salary cap ceiling.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm
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    Let’s face facts: We could have Daryl Suter as GM. Things are looking up

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm
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      Exactly. And we wanted them to stay status quo. We got what we wanted, even if Boogaard is questionable in length.

  • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm
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    But, seriously, Pens and Devils got a lot better. How do the Pens have this much cap room?

    And there’s plenty of time for the Rangers

    • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm
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      The Rangers cannot compete with Philly, NJ, or Pitt yet. Let them get better, then let the kids in the Rangers system develop, maybe get another top-10 pick.

      • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm
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        I’m fine with what the Rangers are doing. Stepan, Grachev, AA, MDZ, Krieder, McDonagh, Borque, Werek, the list goes on. Slats just said theres money to re-sign Staal and Girardi, and get a UFA. The day is not over. The month is not over. People are panicking for no reason

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm
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          PS should we start a new thread?

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm
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            Nah, this will die down soon. Set a record though 🙂

            • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm
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              by a lot, I believe. it’s great to see

              • Jul 2, 2010 at 9:26 am
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                I think our previous record was a little over 100, and that was mostly just me and you lol.

        • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm
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          I am perfectly OK with what happened today. The Boogyman got 2 too many years, but whatever.

          • Jul 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm
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            im ok with the day as a whole and ok with kids first. You’re right -no need to compete w/ Pit and Flyers yet. Though SURELY Flyers have to shed salary.

            • Jul 2, 2010 at 9:26 am
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              They are going to dump Gagne.

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