Free agent frenzy: Rumor roundup before it all begins

July 1, 2014, by

Free agency is upon us, and the Rangers will see four key players test out the market. Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman, and Benoit Pouliot all seem destined to cash in big elsewhere, while Dominic Moore is still hoping (along with the rest of us) to remain in New York. There are a lot of rumors out there, so let’s go through all of them before the click strikes twelve.

Considering the $69 million cap, I think Carter, Fayne or Tom Gilbert, and Mikhail Grabovski are the realistic targets that can fill holes, improve the team, and leave competition for kids.

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  1. Walt says:

    Fayne, Carter, and yes Glass would fit in nicely. They give us more size, grit, skill, and cost would be reasonable.

    I’d run away as far as I could from Boyle, asking for toooooooooo much. Paul will be too expensive, so I’d go within with either Miller, and or Lindberg, and re-sign Moore. That, I believe would be a solid defense, with some very skilled, gritty guys helping in the offense.

    • Dave says:

      Glass had the worst effect on his team’s puck possession in the entire league. No.

    • Snake says:

      AV has no use for grit. Apparently he prefers offensive minded players in their mid to late 30s.

      Really confused by letting Dorsett go and signing Glass and IMO they would be better off with no Boyles at the current rates/terms.

      The Rangers had a great 4th line that could score. AV relies on rolling 4 lines and seems to place little value on players that can drop the gloves. Seems like a step backwards to me with this coach and his system. I just can’t see AV letting Glass loose when someone cheap shots McD this season and they already had Carcillo left to do that if he’s had a change of heart about the players standing up for each other.

      It’s only Day 1 though. I gotta believe Sather will address their biggest need before too long…a center.

  2. SalMerc says:

    I wonder if there is a possibility to take MDZ back, if the defense gets too thin? It could happen with Stralman gone, Boyle wanting too much and the remaining defensman less than stellar.

  3. John C says:

    Rangers-Devils rivalry aside, I’d be thrilled to take Fayne and Carter. Both are great depth pieces for fantastic prices. <= 3 year deals for the both of them would be perfect.

    I believe that as much as we'd love to see some pieces of the '13-14 team in '14-15, we all know the team will look drastically different. I'm hoping that Slats is in top form with his trade magic, and that the Hartford kids are ready to step up to fill the eventual holes left by Training Camp.

    I think it'll be another rocky start to the beginning of the season due to so many new faces, but they should be able to hit the ground running.

  4. Cole says:

    Matthieu Perrault?

  5. tperillo says:

    It’s gonna be tough to lose some of those guys but if you’re playing for your bank account, and not to win then see you later. I understand guy’s gotta support themselves and their families but when you’re already a millionaire, what’s a few less dollars to play for a contending team? I wish more guys would follow Zuc’s lead and do whats right for the team.

  6. Al says:

    Keep reading that Engelland,Thornton could sign with the Rangers.

  7. Bloomer says:

    The knock on MDZ is he plays the left side and only the left side, the Rangers needs a righty ie: Mark Fayne or Dan Boyle. Fayne the better option as they need capspace to replenish their forward lines.
    To make the next step, the Team need some size and grit. Why I like the idea of Fayne and Carter. Also, I would consider Cacillo who come at reasonable price as well as Fraser and Stoll from LA and Steve Downie and Tanner Glass.
    Dave Bolland is a talented hockey player with grit who would be a really useful 3 line pivot but has priced himself out of the market as has Stralman, Pouliet, Brian Boyle (under rated on the team) and Dom Moore.

    • Dave says:

      No to Bolland. No no no no no no no.

      • Bloomer says:

        Not sure why you are down on Bolland, except for the fact he’s asking to much. Another option for a 3rd line pivot could be Marcel Goc and David Legward both with great skating ability and would fit in with AV system.