Rangers to sign David Desharnais?

July 4, 2017, by

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Per Tour Sur Le Hockey (French), the Rangers are looking to bring in David Desharnais to bolster their center depth. No details have been confirmed yet, but it per the report, it should be finalized soon. The 30-year-old center put up 60 points in 2011-2012, but has had his point totals decrease in every season since.

Desharnais has been hampered by injuries over the past few seasons, which has certainly impacted his point totals. His underlying numbers are in line with a good 4C and a bottom-tier 3C, which sounds about right. This would certainly fill the void left by Oscar Lindberg.

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  1. Rich S says:

    I still think Peumpel and JT Miller are in play for a center spot…..Boy would Dubinsky fit the bill…..What is going on with Anisimov? Both add some size, physical play, veteran leadership, better defense than we have had at center…..

    • Spozo says:

      A 31 year old 40 point center with a 5.8 million cap hit for the next 4 years. Pass

      Anisimov has a NMC.

    • Richter1994 says:

      No one is trading for Pumpernickel, Rich.

      If Miller gets traded then it’s for either Trochek or Galenchuyk.

    • Fotiu is God says:

      “Let’s go Dubi…”

  2. genetics73 says:

    Where’s Tanner Glass. The name is not on the roster.

  3. Walt says:

    I wonder how effective David Desharnais will be on the 4th line? I remember a few years back that he could skate well, and could score, but he isn’t what he used to be. No terms, and cost mentioned, so until we hear for certain, I’ll reserve judgement!

    This may well be an insurance policy for the team??????

  4. amy says:

    I can see him on the fourth line playing with Fast, and Grabner but let’s see what happens

  5. wwpd says:

    Does BSB ever take a day off? you’ve earned a break, guys!

  6. wwpd says:

    does BSB ever take a day off? you deserve a break, guys!

  7. Walt says:

    Here is an interesting read:

    Desharnais, 30, had an off-year in 2016-2017, with just six goals and eight assists in 49 regular season games. A knee injury sidelined Desharnais at the mid-point of the season and hampered him beyond that. Nonetheless, his vitals look strong. His play improved after he got healthy and was traded to Edmonton. Over the prior five seasons, Desharnais averaged 15.3 goals and 31.9 assists per 82 games. His on-ice shot metrics are also strong over that period of time. Own the Puck as well as Dom Luszczyszyn’s Game Score model both rate Desharnais as a quality bottom-six center.

    Desharnais’ down year could be to the Rangers’ benefit. Assuming he is signed, it would likely be a cap-friendly contract. With full health and a fresh start, he seems like a decent bet to provide quality secondary scoring. The one downside is that Desharnais definitely thrives more in sheltered minutes, which is also true of Kevin Hayes. It’s not a major problem, but it does mean that the fourth center the Rangers add to the roster will need to be reliable in defensive zone starts and on the penalty kill. Nonetheless, Desharnais is arguably best and most pragmatic option the Rangers have at their disposal towards addressing the center position.

    • Mintgecko says:

      This would be a underrated move for us for sure. Vesey and this guy could hopefully do damage on the 3rd, I would assume that Buch would be the other winger? That’s like setting him up with a potential top 6 line and in this system I could see him playing really well with that opportunity.

      Hayes proved that’s false and I’m sure AV is in his corner to help him take the next step since he’s trusted him. Before Mika went down he was making the top 6 centers jobs a little easier by going against the other teams top line. I think you missed some great matchups in the regular season because he was going head to head against guys like McDavid and Getzlaf. His FO% was impressive due to the 10% rise from last year but make no mistake Hayes was basically seeing top 6 minutes when they were fully healthy. He saw also the most DZ draws which again makes your comment about him seeing sheltered minutes to be false.

  8. Chris F says:

    Desharnais is aging and hurt all the time.

    I’d have much preferred that Gorton aggressively went after Gagner or Grigorenko, but those ships have sailed.

  9. Peter says:

    I find this news disconcerting. An oft injured 30 year old Center who is a decent player no doubt is just a stop gap. I rather they throw Andersson and Nieves into the deep end of the pool and let them figure out how to swim.


      Honestly, what has boo done in Hartford to justify this hype? Is there something I’m missing here? Serious question, as I don’t watch them play often.

      He was alright last season – 6g 12a in 40 GP (w/ a -7) – but, that doesn’t exactly scream ‘cannot miss’ 4C to me.

      Aside from the small group of career AHLers (guys like Hrivik, Jensen, & Beck), the only players who even stood out to any degree (Nieves, Graves…. maybe Ronning?) only did so because their stats were the least bad relative to everyone else.

      I don’t like +/- as a stat very much, but, John Gilmour was a MINUS 39! Tambellini, Stromwall/Kovacs, pretty much, all of the fringe prospects we had down there… well, they crashed & BURNED last season. Fiery Blaze of Doom bad. For those who are interested in the numbers, just google ‘2016-2017 wolf pack scoring’…. be warned, it’s not a pretty sight.

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        It what some tend to do out here Dog…overrate our mediocre prospects and make them into something more than they are, and then insist they MUST play.

        Boo has done nothing thus far that suggests he’s ready to contribute on the NHL level.

    • Fotiu is God says:

      Pope Peter:
      I believe the signing speaks as much to our lack of Ready/Can’t Miss prospects on the farm as it does do a dearth of available-affordable depth UFAs.

      The subtext here is unimaginative. Uninspiring.

      Yes to slotting in JT at 3C.

    • Peter says:

      I guess I am higher on giving Andersson a shot than Boo. I know he is 18, but McDavid and Matthews are just 19. Sure, they are other-wordly talents, but Andersson has acquitted himself very well in a good league on a top notch Swedish as their 2C. Sounds like a guy I’d like to see playing 4C or 3C depending where they slot JT.

  10. Spozo says:

    Rooks reporting it’s done. 1 year 1 million.

    Does this mean they don’t expect Anderson to make the team?

    • Peter says:

      I hope that it instead means JT stays on the wing. But, you very well could be right.


      Not necessarily. We had two centers leave.

      Desharnais seems to be a 3C….

      … Which means Hayes will be the 2C….

      Also, to Peter’s post above, I agree – JT makes for a much better winger than center in AV’s system.

    • Chris A says:

      Meh, this is basically signing a 30 year old to a PTO (professional tryout) for a $50k cap hit. If Desharnais doesn’t work out, it costs the Rangers virtually no cap space and Desharnais is guaranteed $1M.

      If Desharnais works out, he slots in nicely on the 3rd line, he’s too tiny to play a checking role between Grabner and Fast. I’m shocked no one has mentioned this, but Desharnais is Zucc’s size (5’7″, 176 lbs), he is in no way shape or form a 4C.

  11. Jeff P says:

    Another great move by Gorton. Exactly what’s needed to replace Lindberg. Upside is Grabner, downside is Jooris (very little risk).

  12. HOF 19 says:

    Must be hoping for a MAJOR step up from a below the radar center presently under employ by the franchise (maybe a minor leaguer) ! ! !

  13. Richter1994 says:

    Good signing for $1M.

  14. Reenavipul says:

    It’s a flier. League minimum this season is $650k, so that + the $350k you can bury in the minors means they can bury him in the minors for no cap hit.

    Well played.

    • Richter1994 says:

      you’re happy about something my friend? yay!! 🙂

    • Chris A says:

      It’s $950k you can bury in the minors (that is a stipulated amount in the CBA, it has nothing to do with the NHL minimum) … so even better!

      • Reenavipul says:

        You are wrong. The number you can bury in the minors with no cap hit is the league minimum +$375k per CBA 50.5.B.6

        League minimum this year is $650k

        • Chris A says:

          Yup, you’re right … I misread your post. I only saw the 650k and completely missed the +375k.

          Serves me right for posting replies before drinking coffee.

  15. SalMerc says:

    Maybe Gorton isn’t done yet and this is just insurance. I am betting Gorton hopes Lias Anderson makes the club out of training camp.

    Still some maneuvering to be done. This guy is cheap to keep.