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Brooks: Rangers unwilling to pay Dominic Moore

June 29, 2014, by

Apologies for the tardiness on this one, it was a gorgeous weekend and we spent it outside after the draft. But, in case you haven’t heard, Larry Brooks is reporting that the Rangers would like to keep Dominic Moore, but don’t want to pay him at his current demands. Moore is currently looking for a three-year deal at somewhere between $1.6 and $1.85 million, per Brooks. That’s Brian Boyle money, and since Boyle will be departing the Rangers for sure, there seems to be no reason why the Rangers wouldn’t keep Moore. He would be the only returning member of one of the best fourth lines in hockey, he is their prime penalty killer, and he can chip in offensively as well.

If this is a cap issue, and there may be a slight one for the Rangers at a $69 million cap, then so be it. It may also be a “kids” issue, as Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg appear ready to make the jump. Perhaps J.T. Miller is ready as well (less likely). Whatever the reason, the Rangers are looking at replacing their entire fourth line this offseason.

14 comments

  1. mikeyyy says:

    As long as they can keep rolling a fourth line does it matter who’s on it?

  2. Chris F says:

    Losing Richards, Stralman, Boyle, Dorsett, and Moore is not, by any means, inconsequential.

    If they’re not going to replace Richards with someone from the outside, they’ll be giving youngsters a chance. If they’re also relying on youngsters for the 4th line, this team will be deeply lacking in some veteran experience and leadership.

    Moore is way more important to this team than a simple 4th liner. $1.6 million is reasonable and they need to find a way to sign him.

  3. paulronty says:

    I love Dom Moore but it looks like he’s pricing himself out of NY, yet again. Two years at 1.25 would be about right. BTW, Ryan Bourque is Dom Moore II, and could be an eventual replacement. He’s fast, kills pdenalties & has some offence. Like to see him get a real chance at training camp.

  4. Ray says:

    In his press conference, Sather basically said that Miller was expected to join the team next year.

  5. supermaz says:

    Miller Is definitely ready (He will be an all-star).
    Richards, Boyle, Moore, and Dorsett are all very replaceable. So many people overrate these guys, stop already.

    • Phil says:

      I’m really confused on Miller…. I have not seen JT Miller look like a All Star ever or show even signs of being a All Star. I think Sather needs to sign Moore at 1.25 mil for 2 years which would be very fair.

  6. Bloomer says:

    I like to see Dom Moore resigned but for 3 years?….pass

    Why would Miller have less of a chance then Fast or Lindberg to make the squad? Not sure why all the hype about Fast as he hasn’t provided any offense and isn’t a good positional player on defence. Fast has a lot of development to do. Whereas, Miller can play with the big boys, AV just needs to cut him loose.

  7. Gary says:

    It seems the Rangers are victims of their own success. Boyle, Moore, Stralman… will be lusted over to varying degrees by teams looking to market themselves as the next well rounded group.

    But the fact is the Rangers were not good enough, and changes needed to be made. The changes happen to be coming because the above mentioned are pricing themselves out. I very much liked every one of them but it is time to move on.

    We get younger and we get faster. I think an overlooked element of last year’s 4th line is that they flourished in the AV system. After teams had waves 1-3 coming at them they then had to contend with fresh legs getting a little more ice than the average 4th line. Sure, the players held their end of the bargain, but now we change it up a little.

    If the lineup omits Richards, Boyle and Moore and adds Miller, Fast and Linberg, we are instantly much faster. We are AV hockey. We are that team about which my Bruins fans friends say to me “man, I didn’t know the Rangers were that fast… they got a bunch of burners”

    • Gary says:

      Point being that they really weren’t THAT fast (Hags, McD & Krieder highly visible). Now they would be.

  8. Frank Cerbone says:

    FYI Fasth positional play is excellent; has great hockey sense and a fine all around player. He needs only experience and about 15 lbs. That is why he beat out JT Miller.

    JT Miller dropped in the draft, because of below hockey sense and an aura of arrogance about him.
    He gets lost on the ice, forgets his assignments, and that is why he is not a favorite of Vigneault at this time. That is why Phila’s #1 a year later is already ranked higher than him….hockey sense, knowing his place on the ice.

    Fasth, Lindbergh, JT Miller, and maybe Bourque will get a chance to play this year. Or they could be traded. Same goes for Conner Allen & McIlrath.

    However, moving McIlrath, JTMiller, & Staal will pretty much mean that neither Sather nor Clark have a clue in drafting 1st rd talent.

    That is why Sather was fired from Edmonton. His last 10 yrs of #1 picks only managed to bring Arnott & Beukeboom to the pros.

    Stay tuned for the next 48 hrs.
    Find out which UFAs stay with the Rangers & are resigned and which ones are not.

    It would be interesting to see if Sather resigns ANY of his UFAs. If he doesn’t, then the questions begs that why didn’t Sather trade their rights after the playoffs, if he couldn’t resign them?

  9. Walt says:

    Of all the URA, I’d sign Moore to a two year deal, at about $1.3, and no more. The guy is good, and played his heart out for us, and should he not be re-signed, well that would be a mistake.

    I believe that if Moore isn’t re-signed, it will be due to the reduced cap number that we’re dealing with. That would be a shame!!!!!

  10. Jeff P says:

    I think he’ll get 3 years, at $1.4 – $1.5 million. One of the best 4th liners in the game, and can capably fill in on a top line in case of injury.

    Remember it’s all posturing for now.

  11. Forever 1994 says:

    Ranger fans and media, please stop whining over 4th line guys. The Rangers will probably bring up there 1st line from the Wolfpack (Lindberg, Miller & Kristo)and you can plug them in on the 4th line. Also, they will probably resign Carcillo. Plus you have Haggerty & McCarthy who will be fighting for a roster spot. If the Rangers sign FA Dan Boyle to a incentive laiden 1 yr deal and bring up McIlrath we are in good shape defensively. We need the young guys to step up and grab a spot that’s what makes good organizations like the Kings, Detroit et al. that good!