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

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)
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)
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 thoughts on “Thoughts And Musings

  • Dec 9, 2010 at 8:46 am

    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.

    • Dec 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

      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.

      • Dec 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

        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.

      • Dec 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

        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.

        • Dec 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm

          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.

  • Dec 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Cap goes up $2 million next year as well.

    • Dec 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

      actually 3 million to 62.4

  • Dec 9, 2010 at 10:53 am

    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?

    • Dec 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

      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.

    • Dec 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

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

  • Dec 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    MDZ healthy scratch. Right move.

  • Dec 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    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

    • Dec 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

      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.

  • Dec 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm

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

  • Dec 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    If I had my way;

    Send Step down, then next year;


    Then next year…


    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.

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