And now we wait for those dominoes

The week leading up to free agency has been a dud so far. In prior years, we’ve seen Gomez for McDonagh, Subban for Weber, Hall for Larsson, and a myriad of other big trades. This year, the only big trade has been the one dropping today, with Steve Mason and Joel Armia headed to Montreal for a 4th round pick, a salary dump deal, clearing room to re-sign Paul Stastny.

There are rumors abound though. Chicago wants to dump Marian Hossa’s contract. Ottawa is picking up steam on a Karlsson/Ryan package deal. But most importantly, John Tavares is apparently going to be making his decision today.

Tavares’ decision will likely lead to a bunch of other moves before the madness begins tomorrow. It’s expected that many a domino will fall once Tavares makes his decision known. There have been rumblings that the Rangers have been very active in the trade market, and this Tavares decision appears to be holding everything up. So selfish of him.

I’m intrigued to see where the Rangers go with their offseason plans. I don’t think they are going to be in on the Karlsson/Ryan deal, but it’s been rumored they are in on any non-Islanders Tavares dealings to absorb salary in exchange for assets. That could get interesting.

But for now, we wait. The Rangers are in an interesting spot of non-competition next year, so they don’t need to make a deal. They might get a great offer for one of their RFA centers, but that is no guarantee. The center market will open once Tavares makes his decision.

Perhaps that is for the best. The Rangers don’t need to commit long term to a mistake contract, something they’ve been prone to in recent years. A few character guys to create an atmosphere of learning for the hopefully elite skill kids, and perhaps a few short term deals for trade deadline assets. I don’t expect much, and perhaps that is the right call.

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48 thoughts on “And now we wait for those dominoes

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Exciting times ahead this week. I have no problem taking on a salary dump contract ( no more than 3 years ) for an young asset or a high draft pick. Before anybody trashes these last 2 years drafts, put your Chrystal ball away for another 18 months and let’s see. Stay the course, be smart and let’s play Quinnish.

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 11:01 am

    This is the first year where I really don’t want them to sign anyone, which is tough because we are so use to them making a big splash on almost every July 1st. Now I’d like to see them acquire more assets for the future. Now I get to sit back and watch other teams over pay 3rd and 4th line players. In some case to reach the salary cap floor. Shrewd move by the players when you think about it.

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

    For a change, the Rangers will be sitting back and watching everyone else screw up with trades and FA signings. Jack Johnson? LOL

    Pass the popcorn, please…

    • Jun 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Let me modify, if Panarin is available, then there aren’t too many untouchables to make this deal work.

      • Jun 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        I would say Buch would have to be included in that future deal. Any top line winger that would come through would potentially take away either Kreider or Buch’s top line and PP1 shine. Seeing how Torts hated Kreider tells me that CBJ wouldn’t want him if they are letting their coaches influence their roster deployments.

        I don’t think it’s worth to trade for him when his contract is up next summer. He’s been on the record mentioning that NYR’s is a market that he would like to play in. If it happened than hopefully Buch, Andersson ( Torts type of player haha) and a pick would help move the sticks. It might sound like a garbage trade off but the more that Panarin holds off on the extension and his desire to play for a bigger market then the more his value he drop around the league.

        • Jun 30, 2018 at 6:32 pm

          I forgot to mention that an extension would have to be agreed upon for the trade to be made.

          • Jun 30, 2018 at 7:20 pm

            Why move assets for a guy who will be likely available next year? We’re not winning the SC this year, I say hard pass to any deal where we have to give up valuable (knowable) assets — aside from Spooner, Zucc and Namestnikov … or perhaps some bottom 6 guys or a couple of draft picks not including next year’s probably lottery pick.

            • Jun 30, 2018 at 8:03 pm

              Just my opinion, but when a player like this is available, then you pounce.

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I’m really excited for training camp – let the chemistry of these youngsters mesh, become a tight team under Quinn, and play for each other and the name on the front of the jersey, the kids have a fun time in NYC. And I’m good with growing pains, let’s play hockey. As far as these next couple of hours, taking future assets is fine with me.

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Do you think Edmonton would part with Draisaitl if we took Lucic and his contract?

    • Jun 30, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      The term on Lucic is brutal and what’s left of his peak years would be largely be wasted. You could get a 1 and other picks, could maybe deal Staal to cancel out the overall badness, but Draisaitl ain’t never coming back.

      Puljujarvi maybe.

      • Jun 30, 2018 at 3:06 pm


        • Jun 30, 2018 at 3:10 pm

          So, you’re willing to think about it?

          • Jun 30, 2018 at 6:34 pm

            So, other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    How does this whole buyout/waiver thing work? Why doesn’t the original team just waive them?

    • Jun 30, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      You place them on waivers for the purposes of buyout, that waiver price to claim is $125.

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    If Toronto pulls this off, I’ll be amazed how to see how they do this, extend Matthews, Marner & Kapanen and fill out their roster in a competent way.

    They’d have to extend MM&K beforehand to be able to use any of the Horton LTIR, or limit their roster filling to that $5.3mm. If Toronto doesn’t extend beforehand, they are looking at a world of potential bad news. Offer sheets for 3 players in 2019-20, followed by arbitration. They’d have another $12mm coming off the books, but they couldn’t use it to extend anybody until July 1 2019.

    I keep reading all these crazy scenarios of a 1yr deal followed by a quickie extension for less or more. There can’t be a variation of 35% over any league year, which on a max deal would drop to $10.3mm or at $10mm would jump up to $13.5mm.

    All the while Matthews is counting the days to GTFO.

    • Jul 1, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Isles no longer able to do 8 year deal with Tavares.

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    An overpaid aging dman with a bum ankle what’s not to like?

    • Jun 30, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      With Karlsson, it’s not a bum ankle; it’s much worse than that. Torn Achilles’ tendon with revision.

      Tendons are notorious for a poor blood supply. Lower limbs also notorious for same issues. Karlsson needed the revision on the anchor point of the heel because they needed better blood supply to feed the tendon.

      Every game he plays is at a diminished capacity with an increased chance of failure(at least it’s not cumulative.) Add on aging curves and you’re hoping that last season is 90% of what he can be the rest of the way.

      • Jun 30, 2018 at 3:35 pm

        On the otherhand Ristolainen may be available. I wonder what it would take to pry him from Buffalo.

        • Jun 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm

          If I’m Buffalo I’m not moving Ristolanen. But if I’m Buffalo I wouldn’t be where they are.

          I’m putting both Ristolanen & Dahlin on their off hands on different pairs, but together on the PP with Eichel on the offwing Diving behind the goal line.

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    No need to do anything and for god sake don’t try any offer sheet plays that would risk next years number 1 who knows could jack hughes

    • Jun 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Unless the Rangers really work it, tough to be in a good tanking position.

      But they might be able to steal William Nylander away for a 2nd rd pick with a front loaded $3.5AAV 3 yr deal.

      Even just doing the offer sheet will royally screw with TML plans.

      • Jun 30, 2018 at 7:03 pm

        Hank needs to be traded.

        God I hate saying that.

        • Jun 30, 2018 at 7:20 pm

          I hate to say it, but if Henk wants another crack at Lord Stanleys Cup, he should request a trade to the Fishsticks.

          • Jun 30, 2018 at 8:05 pm

            Well after tomorrow, that may not be the case.

            But I know what you’re saying, and yes, Henrik would have been a perfect fit for them. Most definitely.

            • Jun 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm

              I have been saying that for a while now

              • Jul 1, 2018 at 6:28 am

                Yep, looks like Toronto.

                I never thought it would be them only because of their cap situation.

                Does that mean that Matthews is in play at some point? Or Nylander? They need D help as well.

                The Leafs cannot keep everyone under the cap if they sign Tavares long term.

              • Jul 1, 2018 at 7:12 am

                Toronto in 19-20 will have another $12mm to free up, but if they bridge Matthews, Marner & Kapanen they have to go with a threadbare bottom 6 while kissing Tavares patoot.

                On top of that you’re looking at a lockout which may be a Pandora’s box for teams like the Leafs & Rangers.

              • Jul 1, 2018 at 7:50 am

                Bridge for Matthews and Marner? No way they accept that.

              • Jul 1, 2018 at 8:22 am

                Agreed. That’s why the Tavares thing amazes me: so many other contracts need to get sorted 1st, yet none of those have leaked. Can’t use the LTIR on Tavares until everybody else currently on roster are sewn up.

                Teams are already being told no so they can go to plan B, but if it’s the Leafs they have important contract for 4 players to get done before JT can get done.

                That’s why you go after Nylander with an offer sheet

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    The way things seem to be playing out, come January I better be seeing Howden, Hajek, Lingren, Day, Gettinger, Ronning, as well as, Chytil and Andersson in this lineup or I may not even turn on the MSG channel. And if Kravtsov is here get him in there too!

    • Jun 30, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      How about seeing them in October, 2018?

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Oh wait, it seems management wants to add some grit and character guys. Isn’t that what most of have said here for the last two years.
    Playing pretty and fast and all those sound bites from you know who was all smoke. Bout time upper management is taking a different tact

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Sign Luke Gazdic 28 6’3 245lbs or Alex Gallant 25 6’ 200lbs to address the enforcers job

    • Jun 30, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Or 6’5 230lbs 30year old Tom Sestito for the enforcer job

  • Jun 30, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    2017-18: Retreat
    2018-19: Regroup
    2019-20: Reinvigorate
    2020-21: Re-kickfreakingbutt

    All decisions should be made accordingly.

    • Jul 1, 2018 at 7:39 am


  • Jun 30, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Rumors of signing free agent Ryan Reaves:
    Haven’t we seen enough big physical teams take liberty with the milk toast Ranger teams for years? How many head injuries and no retaliation? It was sickening! I know we can blame AV and his wimpy theories for much of it, but not totally. To much softness and little grit on this team for to long. Reeves is a good presence to have around and a good team player. He didn’t hurt the Golden Knights last year, even scored an important goal. Even though the game has changed, we still need a gritty and tough player. Washington was gritty and tough overall and also with Wilson (also fighting) in the lineup and won the Cup. Some of these kids may get their heads handed to them without some kind of a deterrent!

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 12:52 am

    A few character guys and leave it at that. We don’t need “enforcers” to “defend” the kids. If we’re icing a lineup that isn’t inclined to learn to play tough as a team then gorton&co already screwed it up. A bunch of figure skaters will be treated like a bunch of figure skaters whether or not two guys on the 4th line have a few fights each year. It needs to be a mentality up and down the lineup, or they won’t be hard to play against .

    • Jul 1, 2018 at 6:30 am

      I have always been a believer that you do not have to be a goon to run the opponents’ best player into the boards if they decide to get overly aggressive.

      • Jul 1, 2018 at 7:41 am

        But what you do need is a head coach who will not nail your butt to the pine for taking a penalty.

        • Jul 1, 2018 at 7:53 am

          Exactly Jerry.

          AV lost the players when he threw Kreider under the bus for protecting McD against TB. That was the beginning of the end.

          No way I see that with Quinn. I see him backing his players no matter what they do or don’t do. Right coach, right time.

        • Jul 1, 2018 at 9:17 am


          That SOB is history!!!!!!!

          There is a new sheriff in town, his name is Quinn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jul 1, 2018 at 1:58 pm

        Sorry to disagree,
        Running a player hard into the boards will not be enough at times to deter some of the intimidating cheap shot artists in this league! Physical tough teams with a nasty edge can still take advantage and intimidate a team turning a game around. It happens occasionally unfortunately. It is not harmful but helpful to a team who can have a player that is decent on the fourth line, that can also drop his gloves when needed. That causes players to think twice before they take cheap shots or try to intimidate. You can argue all you want, that’s just the way it is.

  • Jul 4, 2018 at 4:03 am

    With thanks! Valuable information!

  • Jul 4, 2018 at 4:06 am

    With thanks! Valuable information!

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