Rangers Sign Derek Boogaard, Martin Biron, Erik Christensen, Vinny Prospal on Day One

July 1, 2010, by

Day One of free agency started off with a bang for the Rangers, as they inked a backup goalie in Martin Biron to a two year deal worth $875,000 per year, and re-signed center Erik Christen to a two-year deal worth $975,000 per year. In Biron, the Rangers get a capable backup goaltender that can potentially start 20 games next season. If the Rangers manage to get capable backup goaltending from Biron for the two years, consider this to be a bargain. This, of course, is a huge IF. In Christensen, the Rangers get a top-12 forward who, if he plays well enough to earn first line time, is an extreme bargain. If not, he’s just a cheap second or third line guy. There is nothing wrong with that.

It was later in the day, around 4pm, when things in Rangerland got intense. After letting Jody Shelley go to the Flyers at $1.1 million over three years (which is almost double his salary), the Rangers signed tough-guy and monster Derek Boogaard to a ridiculous contract of 4 years at $1.65 million per year. On the surface, this deal looks absurd. But, if you dive deeper, Boogaard made $1.2 million last year, so this is a modest raise. The dollar amount per year really shouldn’t irk anyone. That length though is, well, horrible. I’m not in love with this signing, but it’s not the end of the world that Rangers fans are making it out to be. It’s not the worst signing in Rangers history, and I think that as long as people realize that it’s not his fault that Sather offered him four years, we will be OK with what he brings to the table.

In one of the last moves of the day, the Rangers re-signed Vinny Prospal to a 1 year deal worth $1 million base, with potential for $1.1 million in bonuses. These bonuses will be easily attained, and applied to next year’s salary cap. This was a fantastic deal by Sather, and kind of makes up for the questionable signing of Boogaard. The Rangers know what they get with Prospal. He’s this year’s version of Brendan Shanahan, except more tan.


  1. jerry says:

    i dont know dave i think we went nowwhere today can any one say top pick at least top 5 next year.

  2. Dave says:

    Oh, I know we went nowhere. We re-signed two guys from last year, got a better backup goalie, and essentially replaced Shelley/Brashear. Same team as last year for now. I don’t mind it, I didn’t want the Rangers to make major moves.

  3. Fotiu is God says:

    I’m with you about not getting bent out of shape over No-goal Boogie.

    Shame of it is, though, Shelley and Prust were arguably our best, if certainly not most hungry forwards from game 75-76 into the playoffs.

    As Garth Snow did with Nino, Holmgren’s signing Shelley is a f**k you aimed at The Blueshirt Nation.

    At least we started out on a smart note, signing a motivated Biron. Now Torts has to give him 20-25 starts at least.

  4. Dave says:

    Shelley is 34, I don’t want a 37 year old Shelley. I’d prefer the 32 year old Boogaard who may be in Hartford at that point.

  5. Mikeyyyy says:

    Didn’t prust get an offer from us?

    Cause I am salivating over the potential 4th line of

    Boogaard Boyle Prust

    Two monsters and a hard nosed player

    that sets up

    prospal Christensen Gaborik
    Dubi AA Callahan
    Avery Drury Aasen/Weise/grachev
    Boogaard Boyle Prust

    If the kids are not ready then we have decent players.

  6. Dave says:

    Prust got a QO. If anything, it will be the tallest 4th line.

    • jerry says:

      dont get so high on boyle hes not even physical and the reason they didnt sign shelley is he wanted a 3 year deal and the rangers would only go 2.