Free agency open thread

July 1, 2014, by

Free agency is upon us, and teams that were not allowed to talk specific contract details will find a way to work out extremely complicated contracts within minutes of free agency opening. The Rangers have four key guys headed to free agency, with three likely on their way out. We summarized those here. We will be live-blogging the free agency signings, with moves made by the Rangers in bold. Discuss anything you want, keep it civil.

  • Justin Peters to Washington on a two-year deal.
  • Petr Mrazek gets a one-year extension in Detroit.
  • The Canadiens have traded Josh Gorges to Buffalo for a 2016 2nd round pick.
  • Paul Stastny is the first huge name off the board: St Louis for four years, $7 million a year.
  • Mike Cammalleri goes to New Jersey: Five years, $25 milion.
  • Tom Gilbert heads to Montreal, two years and $2.8 million per.
  • The Rangers sign defenseman Mike Kosta, one year, $650k
  • Florida signs Jussi Jokinen: four years, $16 million.
  • The Rangers sign Dan Boyle, two years, $4.5 million cap hit and a NMC.
  • Mason Raymond to Calgary: three years, $9.5 million
  • Sharks trade Brad Stuart to Colorado for a 2016 2nd and 2017 7th.
  • Dave Bolland to Florida, five years, $5.5 million per.
  • Mike Weaver to Montreal: 1 year, $1.75 million.
  • Brooks Orpik to Washington, five years, $27.5 million (!!!!!)
  • Ryan Miller to Vancouver for three years
  • Anders Lindback and Ales Hemsky (4/$12m) to Dallas
  • Phoenix signs Blake Comeau and Thomas Greiss to one year deals
  • Shawn Thornton to Florida as well, one year – $1.2m.
  • Mathieu Perreault: Winnipeg, three years, $9 million
  • Brian Gionta to Buffalo for three years.
  • Columbus sends Matt Frattin to Toronto for Jerry D’Amigo.
  • Keith Aulie to Edmonton, one year, $800k.
  • Jonas Hiller goes to Calgary, two years, $4.5 million per.
  • Thomas Vanek heads to Minnesota for three years, $6.5 million per.
  • Stephane Robidas to Toronto for three years. $3 million per.
  • Rangers re-sign Dominic Moore for two years, $1.5 million per.
  • Rangers sign Tanner Glass – three years, $1.45 million per.
  • Bruno Gervais to Philly, Nick Holden re-ups in Colorado.
  • Martin Havlat to NJ: 1/$1.5m
  • Matt Moulson to Buffalo: 5/$25m
  • Anton Stralman heads to Tampa Bay, 5 years, $20 million.
  • Colorado signs Jarome Iginla.
  • Rangers sign forward Chris Mueller and defenseman Steve Kampfer to two-way deals
  • Rangers sign defenseman Matt Hunwick to a one-year, $600k deal
  • Andrej Meszaros lands in Buffalo for one year, Ray Emery in Philly for another year
  • Derek Engelland landed in Calgary to the tune of three years and $8.7 million (!!!!). The Tanner Glass deal doesn’t look so bad anymore.
  • Brad Richards lands in Chicago, one-year, $2m
  • Matt Niskanen goes to Washington for 7 years and $40.25 million. Wow.
  • Brian Boyle goes to Tampa, 3 years, $2.3 million per.
  • Stu Bickel has signed with Minnesota


  1. bayman says:

    Any signing that takes place today is probably a bad signing.

  2. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    How does Ehrhoff sign for only one year? There had to be a bigger market for him than that.

  3. Bloomer says:

    Pouliot 5 yrs at 4 million per..good luck with that. Bummer not in on Fayne,Dan Boyle perhaps?

  4. Leatherneckinlv says:

    I think we are going to see a lot of rookies this year.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      With these prices, it’s bargain bin shopping for the Rangers.

      With the hopes that a Mark Fayne or Mikhail Gravoski would come (relatively) cheap now dashed, it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

      Crazy deal for Pouliot, Edmonton must have money burning a hole in its pocket. Too bad he won’t sniff a Stanley Cup for the next 5 years.

      • TxRanger says:

        Is there anything wrong with developing players from within?

        We’ll sign some guys. It’s the Rangers. Winners of the East and in a win now mode with a chance to win the Cup. People will come here, its only been 45 minutes.

  5. Ryne Muller says:

    Gimme Krieger, zucchini, brass & moore. Everything else is icing.

  6. TxRanger says:

    Sad to see two of our best lines being broken up.

    We do have to stop acting like Stralman was a superb and irreplaceable player, though.

    I like Pouliot a lot, but man is he gonna look stupid in an Edmonton jersey. Doubt he’ll be as productive there.

    Are there any reports about who we are going after or is it just a bunch of hoopla about who we wanted not wanting to be here?

    • Chris A says:

      I think Pouliot could be ok in Edmonton. He will have some quality linemates over there, certainly equal to Zucc and Brass. The big issue I see with Pouliot is his ability to stay motivated.

      Edmonton is kind of a mess, Eakins may be in way over his head, the fans are beyond salty and Pouliot is now a “leader” on that team.

  7. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    4/$28 for Stastny isn’t bad at all. I wouldn’t call it a bargain, but damn close for the top center.

  8. bayman says:

    Too long and too much $ for D. Boyle.

    Any guesses as to how long it takes Pouliot to regret going to Edmonton? He’ll be the fall guy when they finish last again.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Not thrilled with it either. They pretty much blew their load with that deal. Cheap center and maybe Dominic Moore and thats about it.

      • Spozo says:

        But the thing is the alternatives aren’t anything to write home about. Mclrath clearly isn’t ready and the only other righty out there worth anything was Stralman and he’s going to get a 6 year $30 million dollar contract. This signing isn’t ideal (1 year would have been a lot better) but I think Sathers hands were tied on this one. Rumor was that Boyle wanted three years at 5 million. I can live with this one.

  9. Bloomer says:

    Great signing with Dan Boyle, he is a awesome PP quarterback still! Now Slats just needs to add some toughness to give their skill players and rookies room to play.

  10. Ryne Muller says:

    Oh no! Another PP quarterback!!!

  11. Spozo says:

    Well Boyle is going to get about the same AAV if not a half million less than Stralman will get and for about 4 less years. In a nutshell I think this is a good signing by the Rangers.

    Isn’t it every year that they sign a player specifically to help the power play? Hopefully this one works out better than the last few.

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  13. MBN says:

    I still can’t believe that some team gave Pouliot 5 years. or $4 million per. Just seems so very excessive.

    Also, If Fayne got 4 years, at $3.625 million per, then that Boyle contract, for only 2 years, is OK with me.

  14. Seahorse says:

    Dave bolland got paiiiiiiiiidddddd

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Which deal is worse? Bolland or Orpik? Pick your poison as far as I’m concerned.
      Deals like that will ensure teams like Florida will not be competitive for a while.
      Sometimes the cap floor hurts rebuilding teams by necessitating deals that will haunt them down the road.

      • Seahorse says:

        If I had to pick? Probably orpik. At least hes an olympic athlete and didnt have a catastrophic injury last year. Plus hes top 4. Bolland isnt a great top 6. So its better value

  15. Ryne Muller says:

    Are the Oiler under the cap floor?

  16. paulronty says:

    Silly season indeed!! That deal for Benoit Pouliot was absolute lunacy, about as bad as the Clarkson deal and this year’s Boland deal. Boyle at 2 years is good, he’s tough too, unlike Stralman who is vanilla. Pouliot can be replaced by either Miller or Fast much cheaper. Centre is still the one hole to fill.

  17. paulronty says:

    BTW, Jim Nill will soon earn the reputation of being the best GM in the NHL. I advocated him for NYR several years ago. Wish Slats would ride off into the sunset.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      By doing what Sather gets blasted for? Signing and trading for big names?

      • paulronty says:

        Big names who can be useful, not like Slats signing guys like Gomez, Holik, Drury for way too much. Richards was a good signing but 109 years was too much. Can’t do that anymore.

    • TxRanger says:

      For real, tough. On paper, Dallas is stacked.

  18. SalMerc says:

    Stastny was a cheap get for the Blues

  19. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Mathieu Perreault just signed a deal that the Rangers should have been all over. 3 for $9M. Give me that deal at a greater position of need over 38 year old Dan Boyle’s. Look at Perreault’s stats and fancy stats. Perfect fit as a third line center.

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  22. SalMerc says:

    Glad to have D. Moore back, but who is Tanner Glass?

    • TxRanger says:

      I think he’s a tough guy, hits well. Not too sure.

      • SalMerc says:

        Looks like a poor-mans Carcillo

      • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

        That’s all he does. Doesn’t score, doesn’t possess the puck. He shouldn’t even be a starting forward on a quality team, how does he get 3 years?! I have no idea what the Rangers are doing. That fourth line just took a huge hit today.

  23. Spozo says:

    Sooooo happy D Moore is back. Good term and dollars as well!

    • MBN says:

      IMO, his deal is that of someone who wanted to be here. I am sure he could have gotten the 3rd year from someone.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Too bad he has to play with Tanner Glass now. Ouch.

      • MBN says:

        Not necessarily. Glass, IMO, will be in and out of the lineup, based on who we are playing, etc. I think some of the kids get a shot on the 4th line with Moore.

        • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

          Why sign that deal then? Why 3 years and almost $1.5M per? Let Kyle Beach suck in that role for less than $1M.

      • rayp says:

        Tanner Glass was a good fourth line player for Pitt.
        Also kills penalties. Is big tough and can fight.
        He is what we need on our team of smallish forwards.
        Pouillot and Kreider were our only big forwards and one of them is now gone.

      • paulronty says:

        Tanner Glass may not be that guy, that’s just an assumption.

  24. SalMerc says:

    NYR sign Chris Mueller from Dallas

  25. MBN says:

    If Matt Moulson got a 5/$25 from the Sabres, think that was all they were going to give Capt. Ryan? Maybe that’s why he signed with Tampa.

  26. TxRanger says:

    That Niskanen deal is ridiculous!

  27. Chris says:

    You HAVE to be kidding me. How do we let Boyle leave at that price?

    • wwpd says:

      He wants a bigger role. Perhaps Tampa plans to promote him back onto the third line

  28. TxRanger says:

    Tampa: the new Columbus.