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Thoughts And Musings

Happy Thursday, BSBers! One more day till Friday! I’ve always enjoyed Thursdays. It’s a nice day. Except, at least where I am, it’s freezing. So cold that walking outside produces tears. But hey, we are in the northeast. Onto musings.

-I’ll be honest: Have not had the chance to watch any replays or highlights of the games, let alone the games themselves. It’s part of the deal I took living in PA. Can’t see that many games. So my analysis is going to be limited. I apologize. The good thing is that for the Christmas New Years period I will be in NY and will be able to see some games. Maybe then I’ll come out of my weekly shell and write more. Still, it does suck. But, thanks to Dave for allowing me to write even though I can barely see the games.

-I can follow Twitter though, and it’s abuzz with the Frolov/ice time situation. Look, he has 5 goals. 11 points. Disappointing, to be sure. I’m sure he feels that with more ice time, he’ll get more scoring opportunities. And I don’t think that’s wrong. But the Rangers have established themselves as a hard working team, and Frolov’s comments don’t fit in with it. Should they trade him? Probably not. But, sit him for a game. Make him angry and see what happens.

-I think the key is having Gaborik go on a tear and really carry this team. He makes this team go, offensively at least, and he needs to get going.

-I love Brad Richards. But, let’s wait until July 1. I don’t want to give up Staal and Dubinsky, or MDZ and Callahan. Richards is going to want 8 million a year. Probably for at least 5 years. And he deserves it. He’s a great player. But, the Rangers will have to maneuver cap wise. Using the amazing CapGeek, I put together a roster that featured Richards, along with keeping Dubi, Cally, and AA

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR
FORWARDS
Marian Gaborik ($7.500m) / Brad Richards ($8.000m) / Ryan Callahan ($2.500m)
Brandon Dubinsky ($2.000m) / Derek Stepan ($0.875m) / Sean Avery ($1.937m)
Chris Drury ($7.050m) / Artem Anisimov ($1.000m) / Brandon Prust ($0.800m)
Derek Boogaard ($1.625m) / Brian Boyle ($0.525m) / Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1.750m)
DEFENSEMEN
Daniel Girardi ($3.325m) / Marc Staal ($3.975m)
Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) / Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m)
Steve Eminger ($1.125m) / Paul Mara ($0.750m)
/ Pavel Valentenko ($0.850m)
GOALTENDERS
Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) /Martin Biron ($0.875m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $59,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $55,725,000; BONUSES: $1,487,500
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $5,162,500
I got rid of Christensen and Rosival. It doesn’t let me do trades, but let’s assume for a second that a few minor players came back. Maybe the cap space is then 3 million. But still, it’s doable. It’s doable.
-The roster I put together was just a rough estimate. You have to think Sauer is going to come back. Maybe another winger. Hard to know so far out. But, it’s doable. With some maneuvering.
-Wouldn’t mind seeing MZA get a chance. Can’t hurt, right?
-I think the Rangers should just ride the King for as long as you can. Biron has been very good. But Hank is the star, and you have to let him carry you.
-Musical interlude: Downloaded the Gavin DeGraw “Chariot Stripped” album. IT’s the Chariot album, but all acoustic. It’s awesome. Check it out.

15 Responses to “Thoughts And Musings”

  1. RangerSmurf says:

    I can’t wait for the jedi mind tricks that get Dubi/Cali/AA to get $5.5m combined.

    The actual number might be double that.

    • Dave says:

      I have them at $7.5 combined. Dubi/Cally average about $3 million each, with AA getting $1.5 million. They are RFAs, and only Dubi/Cally are arbitration eligible.

      • Michael says:

        i think i said about 11 total for Cally (3.4), Dubi (3.75), Boyle (1.3), Anisimov (1.6), Sauer (850K) the other day.

      • Gary says:

        Dave, you think that Dubi/Cally cap hit will be about 3 mil just next year or will they try to be locked up long term? I thoguht that they would get long term deals similar to Staal and Girardi.

        • Dave says:

          I don’t see them finishing on their current pace, but the number will depend on how many UFA years are bought out. Slats’ style isn’t to give long term deals, so I could see 5 years $15 mil-$20 mil a piece if they taper off around 50 points.

  2. Dave says:

    Cap goes up $2 million next year as well.

  3. Brian says:

    Brian Boyle will get a raise and why no Michael Sauer – he is a better option than Paul Mara. I loved how Mara stuck up for teammates but he is no longer a good fit in this team when Eminger is an option. I agree that Rozi will be a cap casualty of acquiring Richards and will have to be moved.

    Question regarding Richards – wasn’t he one of the guys that despised Avery’s antics in Dallas? Do any of you think this will factor in?

    • RangerSmurf says:

      I’m of the opinion that Avery’s contract won’t be renewed after next season, so it would be about ~100 games of the Richards-Avery dynamic to deal with. I don’t remember if he was one of the outspoken, however.

    • Gary says:

      Once he sees the dollar signs he will get over it.

  4. Jordan says:

    MDZ healthy scratch. Right move.

  5. Leatherneck says:

    Brian are you saying Sauer is not a fit? I will say that Sauer can be added to our core of players, and in my opinion they are Stepan, Dubi, Cally, AA, Gabby, Prust and Boyle, on defense Staal, Girardi, Sauer and MDZ and Hank in Goal

    • Brian says:

      Leatherneck – Not at all, Sauer is a perfect fit, and I totally agree that he should be included in our young core as you mentioned. He may not be flashy but so far he has been a dependable physical D-man who isn’t afraid to stick up for himself. I would like to see him signed to multi-year deal this summer.

  6. Section 121 says:

    Getting Richards, or any other FA for 6M+, is not what you call rebuilding. I would advise against a move of this type.

  7. Section 121 says:

    If I had my way;
    Avery-Dubinsky-Gabby
    Frolov-AA-Cally
    Feds-Boyle-Prust
    Boogie-White-EC

    Send Step down, then next year;

    Avery-Dubi-Gabby
    Drury-Stepan-Cally
    MZA-Boyle-Prust
    Boogie-EC-Weise

    Then next year…

    MZA-Dubi-Gabby
    Kreider-Stepan-Cally
    Grachev-Boyle-Prust
    Boogie-Dupont-Weise

    Switch any of those LW players accordingly (with the exception of boogie, of course).

    Trade AA and Frolov for more picks. Keep building and insert Werek, Bourque, or other picks etc. if one of these pieces doesn’t pan out.