Feb
08

Brendan Smith has been placed on waivers

February 8, 2018, by

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Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have placed defenseman Brendan Smith on waivers. Smith, acquired at least year’s trade deadline, was signed TJ a four year deal worth $17.4 million in the offseason.

Smith has had a really bad year. We know that. I’m shocked by this, since while a problem, he was far from the only problem.

Smith is on waivers. Steven Kampfer still remains with the club.

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117 comments

  1. Five Hole says:

    The dam has broke – let the purge begin

    • Moose Klein says:

      The dam broke several years ago when they traded away first round picks and players for a Marty St. Louis feel good moment which almost worked.
      Letting Stralman go to save Yandle….Look what smart leadership did to build a powerhouse in Tampa; in Las Vegas; in Boston…we have not had a history of GREAT LEADERS at the top in the Sather era…It also reflects the clueless one–Dolan
      MSG is the World’s Most Losing Arena

      • Steve C says:

        They didn’t let stralman go to save Yandle. Yandle was a small cap hit with zona taking most of the hit….it is worse we signed Dan Boyle to lose Stralman…but Yandle wasn’t really part of that equation.

        It seems like they didn’t want to give the years to Stralman and went short term with an aging Boyle who sather wanted for ever.

      • Chris A says:

        You call Tampa a powerhouse, yet what has that team accomplished under Yzerman that the Rangers haven’t accomplished in the last 10 years?

        • odielicious says:

          Make that comment at the end of this year. I don’t see anyone beating them except themselves.

          • Chris A says:

            I mean it’s February 8th, to think what’s happening now has any bearing on who’s raising the Cup in June, is a little naive.

            I’m not saying TB isn’t impressive just that it’s waaaaay too early to pick a Cup favorite.

        • Howard says:

          What really have the Rangers done in the last 10 years, except get pushed around and outplayed every time they play in a big series.
          Sather, Gorton, the scouting, and player develpment group have to go . The whole organization is BOGUS. (only Jim Schoenfeld is OK)

  2. Egelstein says:

    I have yet to corroborate this, so take it with a grain of salt and don’t kill the messenger if wrong…but I just heard Sather/Gorton press conference later today…

  3. Andy says:

    Elliot Friedman was reporting it on Twitter right after the Pionk news..all makes sense..especially after last night. Sadly he may very well clear waivers too

  4. Larry says:

    If AV doesn’t like you…you will be on waivers soon.
    .

    • Andy says:

      AV’s deployment decisions sucks. But in all fairness…Smith has been awful this year.

    • odielicious says:

      I don’t agree. Smith looked atrocious last night. Every time he was on the ice he wanted to be brian leetch. You can only do that if you have the speed and skating ability to make up for your lack of puck control.

      I mean that 3 on 1 that DeAngelo and hank were left to defend …smith fell down and couldn’t get back up off the ice. You play professional ice hockey you should be able to bounce right back up after hitting a rut. He kept falling back down. The guy is garbage!

    • Fotiu is God says:

      Larry, your New Pledge Name is TRUTH.

      Had webmaster Dave been afforded a subhead for this post it could’ve played out thusly, Brendan Smith: STRAW MAN.

      Write this off to cognitive dissonance. Obfuscation. Denial. Red Herring/Weak Man. Art of deception. Or just punk ass Attention Diversion.

      Irregardless of definition, this tactic speaks as much to the complete desperation, if not the rudderless command that is AV. And yes, by extension, Jeff Gorton, Slats, et al for buying in. Appeasing the whitewash.

      You AV apologists–Eddie, his de facto bloviator, among them–need to acknowledge the blinding truth: The Blueshirts are a ghost ship, post mutiny.

      Now they’re drifting aimlessly in The Horse Latitudes, destined for the bottom. But not by virtue of any valiant fight. Nor an act of courage. (That’s not AV’s MO.) More like a quietly ignominious fade. Detached from urgency or any hint of passion.

      Waiving Brendan Smith, all but set-up to fail simply buys Captain Queeg/AV a bit of cover until the ship reaches bottom.

      • Walt says:

        Nick

        Your a word master, and spot on with your assessment of the defender in chief E3, and ongoing reviews of how wonderful Clarabelle is, was, and will be. His choice of HOF, first ballot if I recall correctly, what a effing joke of a coach!

      • Swarty says:

        Who stole the strawberries?

      • BOBBY B says:

        Fire AV make Nicky Fotiu the head coach, reacquire Mcllrath!

    • lv says:

      Can we put AV on waivers?

  5. Jimmy says:

    This decision doesn’t mean Kampfer is a better player…it just meansm, and lets be honest here, Kampfer has played more consistently than Smith this season.

    • James1090 says:

      Your serious? Kampfer is terrible.

      • Chris A says:

        Kampfer is a veteran 7D. He’s fine for his role, short term replacement. 7D is a role that really can’t be filled by a young player, so middling veterans are ideal.

        • Fotiu is God says:

          I beg to differ, respectfully, Chris. (You’re one The Good One’s, man.)

          Kampfer slotting in speaks to AV and staff not having the courage to be courageous. To a deficit of imagination. Zero boldness. A total lack of temerity.

          In poetic terms, Who Dares Wins.

          This club doesn’t succeed by virtue of the lineup choices shaped by the coaching staff. Had it been different last Spring we might’ve–should’ve–reached The SCF.

          Smith is nothing less than a Scapegoat. Full stop.

          Moreover, Kampfer shouldn’t even be a part of this dialogue. It SHOULD BE one of the kids: Pionk, Graves, Crawley at 7D.

          Reverting back to Smith’s play: arguably, he’s been no better or worse than anyone on our blueline. (Save for DeAngelo, who looks like Bobby Sanguinetti, an AHLer.)

          Hell Chris, if I was Lou/Shanny I’d be reassessing, or completely backpedaling from taking on McD for either one of Mitch Marner or William Nylander right now.

          The TSN play-by-play guys called our workhorse D-man “fragile” two weeks ago. Going forward, McDonagh looks about as sturdy as a Faberge Egg.

          We’re f**ked. Totally f**ked.

    • Ray says:

      Kampfer is not great, but he has value as a fill in seventh defenseman who costs virtually nothing. Smith, because of his contract, has negative value. Claim Smith and you have a guy you will need to pay $13M over 3+ seasons – and help the Rangers with cap issues. If you don’t like Kampfer, send him to the AHL and there is no cap hit at all. Smith will likely hurt for years.

      Smith could actually be decent, worth $2M yr (he’s not) and still be a drain.

  6. Mancunian Candidate says:

    Wow, looks like Richter was right on the $$$ about the org’s feelings about Smith.

  7. Swarty says:

    Wow – the first fall guy. He has been pretty bad but who on D hasn’t?

    I never thought he was a $4.5M player. This one is on Gorts – if anyone believes he is in control of this org.

    So now what are the cap implications? If someone picks him up they are on the hook for all of it.

    If he clears then the rangers own it all?

    If he goes to Hartford there is some rule where some of the cap does not count I think.

    • Stevem says:

      Smith has a modified no-trade clause in each year of his contract and if the Rangers were to buy him out this summer they would have cap charges of (Hockey’s Cap):

      2018-19: $1.091 million
      2019-20: $1.091 million
      2020-21: $3.26 million
      2021-22: $1.26 million
      2022-23: $1.26 million
      2023-24: $1.26 million

      If Smith clears we still have 3.3 mil against the cap

    • Rich S says:

      Plus he has been playing Right defense ……….although he is a left handed player……Much better/easier for a defenseman to play on his natural side……would have liked to see him there before jettisoning him…..
      Believe it or not he is at a plus 2……….shatty is -14, skjei is -8 , kampher -7
      This team needs a new coach ASAP……….cant believe 20 professionals suddenly and collectively forgot how to play!

  8. 43 says:

    Obviously, Gorton is hoping he gets claimed. Definitely a cap move—something’s brewing.

    • Chris A says:

      This sounds like a team venting their frustration over a player that completely let them down mere weeks after he was shown a strong commitment from his new org.

      This isn’t a cap move, as it clears relatively little cap space ($900k?). It’s a message. No free rides. Smith has been benched in game, scratched for a game, healthy scratched for a long stretch of games … what else was left? He can go ride the buses in the bushes for a while and we’ll see if that’s enough motivation to show up at camp and be a professional next September.

      In case any of you think this is an AV/JG thing, Mike Babcock held similar feelings towards Smith and called him out a few years ago. Here’s a snippet from a 2013 report from one of the Red Wings’ beat reporters on their relationship:

      “Anybody who’s been in our organization a long time, like Smitty, saw (Lidstrom) and saw that he didn’t force anything,” Babcock said. “He just took what’s given and he made five or six offensive plays a game. Lots of shifts in hockey are 50-50 and nothing happens.

      “When you force things, you generate offense for (the opposition). We want good D-men who check well and generate offense for us and don’t force stuff, and that’s what Nick did.”

      • Hatrick Swayze says:

        I agree with you Chris, good assessment. That said, I would welcome him being claimed as someone else’s problem.

        • Chris A says:

          Thanks Hatrick!

          If some team was dumb enough to take Smith and his cap hit off the Rangers’ hands, that would be amazing and a very welcome development. Signing Shattenkirk made Smith kind of redundant. Not redundant in playing style, but a team can only have so many D making big money, Smith (or Staal) became one too many. Their presence created a lot of roster/cap issues for the Rangers, never mind their fading skills. That redundancy created another issue by not leaving an available roster slot for a young D (DeAngelo, Pionk, Graves) to play regular NHL minutes even if they deserved it.

          This all leads me to believe that Gorton never thought he could afford to sign Shatty so he figured he needed to lock up Smith, remember, Smith signed on June 29th, before teams could even talk to FAs. The following week, when Shatty fell in Gorton’s lap, it was too late to do anything about Smith but he felt Shatty was too good a player to pass on, especially at that price.

      • Mintgecko says:

        How can anyone backup Smith? People that hate AV are just banding together to act like it was Smith’s fault. He showed up to camp out of shape and at his age/size and current skill set he couldn’t afford to do that. Every NHL player knew how the NYR get down in the last decade and showing up unprepared should have everyone praising this move. I’ve said all through October that this guy can’t be around adter the word got out that he was partying all summer. It took away any credibility on the bench since he wouldn’t have room to talk. Let me add to your comment that Zetterberg has called out Smith as well.

      • Fotiu is God says:

        Okay Chris: I’ll see your Babcock/Smith anecdote and raise you one Mike Commodore call out.

        Commodore told me, at LAX inside baggage claim, that Babcock’s a complete and utter d-bag who burned out his welcome in Detroit, no less than Hockey Holy Land. The players eventually tuned him out, no matter what massaging or class Zetts or Lidstrom could offer. (Basically the same thread as his Twitter posts about Babcock.)

        Rather than the astute hire that was Stevie Y., or the practical choice, Jim Nill, The Wings kept brain-dead Kenny Holland.

        Babcock jumped ship. F**k him and whatever cheap-shot broadsides he launched at Smith.

    • scrangersfan says:

      If he clear wawer and sent to Hartford, tha Rangers are on the hook for the entire cap hit The only time they off the hook if he is climed other wise it’s 4.3 mills a year for the net 3 years after this one. Same as Wade Redden was.

      On another note, I hope no one is safe everyone should be available, and I mean every one. No exception.

      Here is my list of the first ones to go.
      The whole coaching staff
      Nash, McDonagh, Zucc ( although he was my favorite until this year) Zibenajod,( he should be the first one dealt) Staal ,Fast and Lundqvist.
      After that everyone else should be available.

      • Hatrick Swayze says:

        You can bury up to 1ish million by waiving a player. So his cap hit would be 3.3 mil.

        Also, he wont spend 3 years in Hartford. This is a wake up call/ punishment. Not a life sentence.

        • odielicious says:

          I agree but listening to others and how detroit basically said the same things we are seeing this season …there is no wake up call from that. He is just a bad AHL lifer at best. This is going to be a buyout or the rangers are stuck with him til he decides to quit.

        • Swarty says:

          Not many D-men have been able to thrive in AV’s scheme so deserves a little slack. But if he partied the summer away after the big contract that is on him.

          I I don’t think he is worth the money – but I do hope no one claims him. It is not like we have an excess of NHL ready defensemen.

          As you said Hatrick – hopefully he take it as a wke-up call and goes down there and get his sheet together.

          Getting put on waivers is quite a message – surely they would have preferred to unload him – so that means no other GM was willing to give up something for him.

        • Ray says:

          Also, it sends a public message. Someone might be willing to trade for him, expecting the Rangers to retain salary.

          Hypothetical: Cash poor team that is never near the cap has a crap player on a 3 year $1M one way contract. They offer Mr. Crap to the Rangers for Smith if the Rangers will eat half his salary. Rangers cut their cap hit in half, bury Mr. Crap in Hartford, and trading partner gets Smith cheap.

          Now if the other team had four bad players on four year contracts, the other team could get Smith free and the Ranger cap hit would be gone.

  9. InvalidBeard says:

    He’s not the only problem, and won’t be the only one shown the door. Just hope the gum chewing robot is in line.

  10. Bloomer says:

    I agree that Smith is a symptom of a larger problem. But I suppose the market will dictate whether or not Brendan is worth it for another team to take a gamble on him.

    • Chris A says:

      Nah, Smith showing up out of shape was a catalyst for a lot of the issues that plagued this team this year.

      The fact Smith was waived leads me to believe that McD was put in the untenable position of having to defend his under performing friend from college (who he likely vouched for multiple times before Smith signed in June) and the rest of the Rangers weren’t having any of that. Little things like that can implode a locker room when things aren’t going all that well.

      Eddie O said it best years ago, ‘Heave-Ho!’. That concept is an important part of a team’s chemistry, everyone pulling on the rope together. If the team doesn’t believe 100%, that mentality falls apart quickly. That’s how one of the more honest, hard working NHL teams for the last dozen years all of a sudden looks like they don’t give a crap night after night.

      By waiving Smith, the Rangers are sending a message that the ol’ MSG Country Club is not back in business. We should all be applauding this move, and it signals to me that the team is committed to moving in the right direction.

      • wwpd says:

        that’s quite a conspiracy theory about McD! i appreciate what you did there.

        Smith was waived laughing all the way to the bank. three more years at $4M or he’ll join the Girardi club get his buyout and be back in the nhl next season.

    • scrangersfan says:

      I doubt anyone is willing to take that high of a risk. IMO. He will be

      a noose around Gorton’s neck for the next 5 years.

  11. Bobby B says:

    Just heard on NHL radio network, Sather and Gorton calling a press conference today st MSG. Let the rebuild begin!!

    • Bloomer says:

      Maybe they will put AV on waivers

      • scrangersfan says:

        I disagree, he should be shown the door today. Let Ruff be the interim for the rest of the season then see is Tipett is available.

    • JJJDDD says:

      The rebuild has begun. It’s official. In case you haven’t heard, Gorton and Slater issued a letter to fans. This incarnation of the team is over.

  12. Chris F says:

    And to think, there was a massively vocal contingent of fans who thought benching Smith was the dumbest move any NHL coach had ever done. It seems AV isn’t the only one who soured on Smith.

    I like the idea of what Smith could be. I do not like what Smith is.

    • Mintgecko says:

      Spot on and I could see it coming from miles away in October. This had to happen, NYR can’t offord having their free agents sign over here and think that this turned from a pumpkin. If I want to play investigator for a second then it’s easy to see Smith was the type of guy to let his girl talk him into partying and posing at other weddings instead of working out. After the MTL series he needed to heal and it showed in his game so far that he has done more than just that.

      JG was going to be witty by hoping Smith was a clone of Klein but the truth is he has showed 1/4 skill and toughness that Klein use to bring.

    • Spozo says:

      Please. People still rip AV for his “handling” of Mcilrath despite clearing waivers several times.

      AV haters gonna hate no matter what despite the rest of the NHL wanting no part of our defensive cast offs!

    • Swarty says:

      Well said Chis

  13. tanto says:

    There are others I would rather get rid of first .. and I’m not sure that down the line the Smith we all saw in the playoffs last year won’t be playing that way again, for another team. Shame.

  14. pas44 says:

    Here Comes Erik Karlsson Baby….

    I have a dream, don’t ruin it for now please….

    • scrangersfan says:

      That is a dream for sure but I wouldn’t count on it unless they’re willing to give up half the roster for him.

      • wwpd says:

        we’re going to move half the roster at the deadline anyway. so keep the dream alive!

  15. Richter1994 says:

    Told ya…

    Richter1994 says:
    Feb 8, 2018 at 7:25 am

    I agree bro. Supposedly the story is that Smith had like 7 weddings during the summer, one being his own, and came into camp in horrible shape.

    My friend has an insider with the Rangers and management hates Smith right now and they are pissed at him for this whole season, starting with his lack of conditioning.

    They would love nothing more than for another team to think that a change of scenery would help and trade him just to get his cap hit off the team.

    We will get our wish my friend, the trades are a comin’.

    • Hatrick Swayze says:

      Let the record show…. you were on it.

      • Chris A says:

        He’s being modest, I think Richter mentioned Brendan Smith’s endless summer back in October, before Smith was healthy scratched for 5 or 6 games.

        • Richter1994 says:

          I said something where I heard that Smith came to camp out of shape, yes.

          But I also was critical of AV too, but I guess this was far worse than it was presented to me.

          My friend has an insider now and was told they despise Smith for signing him and Smith tanking like he did.

          • Chris A says:

            Ah I gotcha, the important thing is you were right!

            It’s a shame Babcock is coaching the Leafs, otherwise I imagine they would have snapped up Smith by now.

            • Richter1994 says:

              I thought maybe the CBJs with Torts. Smith is a Torts’ type of guy, unless Torts is out after this year, lol.

              • Chris A says:

                I don’t know, after Torts just undressed Dubinsky to the press a few weeks ago over Duby’s substance abuse issues, I’m sure another party boy wouldn’t be welcomed in CBJ.

              • Richter1994 says:

                I thought maybe change of scenery type of thing.

                I was advocating a Smith for Jack Johnson trade, Johnson a UFA after this year, to get Smith off our cap.

              • wwpd says:

                Torts is a folk hero in Columbus, they should keep him on.

              • Richter1994 says:

                Then trade Smith for Johnson.

          • tanto says:

            What they should have done is fake an injury and have him re-condition himself for 10+ games. You don’t play an out of shape player and hope his conditioning suddenly materializes or think he’ll play well, which is why the worse injuries are the ones that don’t allow you to maintain your conditioning.

            • Chris A says:

              That’s really hard to pull off. The league and the player’s union would be all over that.

              • tanto says:

                Chris, you give Smith two options …. one good, one bad – a bad one happened today. In the alternative, give him leave for “personal reasons” or worse comes to worse just make him a healthy scratch for 3 weeks and tell him to come back for testing when he’s in shape and can prove it. Deliberately playing an out of shape player like Smith won’t work, he isn’t skilled enough to fake his way through it.

            • Richter1994 says:

              “You don’t play an out of shape player and hope his conditioning suddenly materializes or think he’ll play well”

              Unless you’re a psycho, vindictive coach that likes to show up his rule breaking players.

          • Reenavipul says:

            Camp was 5 months ago, you’d think he’s in shape by now; yet his reads and play still are no bueno. How much is the man or the system?

            I was behind the bench for Dallas, almost zero communication from coaches to players. AV would only speak up during the PK, giving direction like any jobroni in the crowd. Arniel was engaged, but mostly with his iPad to review PP. When Ruff was in front of me, only Hayes spoke to him after coming off a PK shift. They almost sent Hayes back on after 30 seconds off.

            The system is broken, communication is broken.

            Plan for 2020-21 and thriving after the expansion draft. They’ll have a tight window with the forward corps, then can set up for a long run if that season doesn’t work. They just need to load up on picks for the next 3 drafts.

        • Richter1994 says:

          Kids in the Dallas and TB orgs very much on the Rangers’ radar, boys and girls.

          • Egelstein says:

            Dallas, Dallas! Heiskanen! Nichushkin!

            • James1090 says:

              I like Nichuskin as well, but who knows if he comes back from the KHL. I wouldn’t want him in a trade unless there was an agreement that he return to the NHL. I would have interest in Honka or Gurianov.

              • Egelstein says:

                Yeah, that’s always a gamble. I got the impression that it was the Stars organization’s handling of him that drove him back, though – not just that he simply prefers to play in Russia.

            • Richter1994 says:

              I’ve been on that package exactly for McD for a couple of weeks now.

      • Richter1994 says:

        I heard the possibility of waiving him but obviously exhausting every trade option had to occur first. They’ve been trying to trade him for quite a long time now, from what I know.

        Now, they hope that someone scoops him up and problem solved.

        • Egelstein says:

          Just speculation here, but I bet the more new-age GMs were alarmed by not only his benchings, but then that being supported by his decline in advanced metrics. And the old-school GMs (who are in the Good Hockey Men Club just like AV) would look at the benchings alone as a colossal red flag, even if they didn’t care to look at a single number past +/-.

          I’m sure many of them heard rumors of his apparent/alleged social-events-in-lieu-of-training themed summer. I’m willing to bed lots of hockey players go to a bunch of weddings in the offseason…that alone I wouldn’t think is enough to label a guy as having his priorities out of line. I’m thinking it was more to it than just his uptick in social activities…for example, standing up other players/trainers for sessions, word-of-mouth among players of far less publicly noticeable things than weddings, etc.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Basically, you can’t sh-t without someone knowing about it, so yeah, the stories get around.

    • Walt says:

      Tony

      Your word is gospel to me my man! There was never any doubt about it. Now when is the buffoon get the heave ho???????

      • Richter1994 says:

        That was my response to you this morning bro.

        Everyone is gone except for Henrik, including coaches, that’s what I hear. And everyone here knows my lack of love for the coach, but honestly, firing him now is useless, unless it’s a must, meaning that he’s totally lost control. Which may be very possible.

        There’s no way this guy will be here with a new team. Gorton refused to answer any questions about the coach. Enough said.

    • gene4240 says:

      Gorton on his radio interview said was telling, Gorton, said, Smith got his new contract and for the first time in his career got comfortable…Bro, we talked about off site via Cell all year long…..

      here is another thing for you guys to chew on, will not happen now but in the off-season. A good friend of mine is a former NHL strength conditioning coach and has some close ties with many teams especially the Coyotes where I and my buddy-Robert live (Arizona). If the Coyotes land the lottery pick and get Rasmus Dahlin, OEL will be on the market if not traded in the next few weeks and they will listen for offers for Max Domi in June.

      The Coyotes will not be able to re-sign all the young talent players coming off their ELC and will be proactive and see what they get for Domi. I think Max Domi in a Ranger uniform would be great, plays with a edge which this teams needs badly…

      • Walt says:

        Gorton, said, Smith got his new contract and for the first time in his career got comfortable…

        I’ll be damned, I said that today, and got flack for it. There you go folks!!!!! E3, as usual you were right again!!!!

      • Richter1994 says:

        Chris, our mutual friend told me about the 7 weddings over the summer.

        Sometimes athletes are very dumb.

    • Swarty says:

      Nice call Richter….we are not worthy….

      • Richter1994 says:

        LOL, I try to share what I can. Want more?

        Nash = Nashville, Dallas, Ducks, San Jose, and others

        McD = TB, Boston, Dallas, Wild, Toronto

        Grabner, Zuc = Vegas, Jets, Calgary wants in but has no first round pick this draft.

        This is the scuttlebutt.

        • James1090 says:

          A lot of talk surrounding the Rangers. Its going to be an interesting deadline this year.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Nash, Grabner, McD, Zuc, Holden, DD, and even possibly Miller could all be gone.

            Rangers lining up a large # of prospects for the first 4 and a first rounder for each.

            I think Miller could be traded if the right deal comes around.

    • Ray says:

      Did you also predict the sunrise this morning?

      We all knew he came into camp out of shape. Before Shattenkirk went down, AV played Kampfer ahead of Smith several games running. That Smith was very much in the dog house was not news.

  16. Richter1994 says:

    As a season ticket holder, I got an EMAIL from SATHER and GORTON (in letter form) stating that the team will acquire younger players this trade deadline.

  17. Egelstein says:

    I swear I will burn down MSG if they ever toy with my emotions like that again, calling a press conference to address a got-damn rah-rah memo.

    Speaking of, here’s the condensed version, in case anyone missed it:

    “Dear Fans,
    Please don’t stop buying tickets.
    Best,
    NYR”

    On the bright side, at least I didn’t order the cake with AV’s likeness surrounded by flames that I was thinking about ordering when I heard about the press conference. The cake wouldn’t have been cheap and probably wouldn’t keep well in the freezer until they do fire him (which, at this point, I am convinced may not happen before I die of natural causes…and I’m 35).

  18. Jerry says:

    Revocable or irrevocable waivers?

    • Chris A says:

      Smith is still part of the organization if he clears waivers.

      You’re thinking of MLB. To keep the comparison going, think of this as being designated for assignment. Smith is off the Rangers’ 23 man NHL roster but is still part of their roster of 50 contracted players and, because he’s accrued enough service time, his cap hit stays on the Rangers’ cap.

      • Jerry says:

        Thanks Chris, I thought there was a type of waiver where the player can be recalled if another team put in a claim. Basically to test interest in a possible trade.
        I stand corrected.

        Thanks again

        • Chris A says:

          Anytime!

          If it makes you feel better, what you described is exactly how MLB operates for the month of August. You were right, you just had the wrong sport

    • Richter1994 says:

      I see that post and I think of trusts, lol, sorry Jerry, it’s the accountant in me.

      🙂

    • Ray says:

      I don’t know if the NHL has revocable waivers, but in this case it doesn’t matter. If a team claims him, the Rangers get out from under a contract they don’t want.

  19. odielicious says:

    All the AV haters got their news. AV is here to stay til atleast the end of the season. These remaining games and how he handles the kids coming up will dictate if he stays or not. It was totally stated if you can read between the lines.

    So 9 games to decide who is staying and who is going. And also to evaluate what the franchise has in the system. I can see both Chytil and Andersson getting called up also. Graves is the weird one out. He should really be given a shot, but maybe they know he is no good and might use him as a trade asset and dont want to devalue him.

    As far as Smith not clearing waivers…come on people. You don’t think Gorton tried every possible trade scenario to get rid of a player they wanted to drop since the start of the season? I am sure he would have just taken a late round pick if the team who took him would eat his salary. Management from what I gather from all the posts has realized he is useless and couldn’t get anything for him hence the waiver move. He is done unless he dedicates himself to hockey and working out while down in the AHL. We won’t see him again in a Rangers jersey unless he absoluely lights up the AHL.

    I have no idea what the cap hit implications are if he is down there for the rest of his contract and what the exact details of his contract are but whatever it is he is now a Wade Redden.

    • Walt says:

      I believe the Redden rule kicks in, a cap hit of his contract value, less $900,000. They implemented this rule after we sent Redden down to the AHL to hide his contract that was some $5-6 mil per year hit…………..

      • odielicious says:

        Ok….is that seriously a rule the league put into play? If it is that is horrible. Just shows what a elite manager we have in Glenn. LMAO!!!

        This franchise is so doomed!

        • Walt says:

          Yes

          They didn’t call it that, but the people like Jacobs in Boston, Snyder in Pilly, and a load of small market teams couldn’t afford what the Rangers did, and were pissed off. I think it stinks because if we want to take chances, and fail, it’s only money, but smaller market teams don’t have deep pockets, and are jealous I guess?

  20. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Put the whole team on waivers !

    • Bloomer says:

      Sieve..That has been done already by the Cat Francis history could repeat.

      • Jerry says:

        Yep remember it well.

      • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

        Honestly it’s not a big thing if they lost every remaking game as long as there is an over all effort from everyone for a complete 60 mins … which if you think about it that’s been about 10 games this season

  21. Blue Seat says:

    I don’t like AV’s handling of lines, and his handling of Smith included. AV does appear to be a condescending annoyance, that more hurts then helps his team. But, If Smith was not concerned enough to be in the best shape, then bye-bye. And, Gorton is starting to earn himself a bye-bye.

  22. Richter1994 says:

    This says it all:

    Zach Ellenthal @zellenthal

    Looking at some Vigneault-era Rangers stats on @CorsicaHockey. They’ve scored right in line with their expected GF total at 5v5 (751 actual vs. 747 expected) but wayyyyy outperformed their expected GA total (663 actual vs. 765 expected. #Lundqvist
    7:37 PM – Feb 8, 2018

  23. DPeters says:

    Have been attempting to trade him all season, I feel. No takers with that salary.