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Free agency open thread

July 1, 2018, by

The first day of free agency is upon us. The Rangers are expected to be watchers this year with big names, as only Leo Komarov, and potentially Tobias Rieder, have been mentioned as connected to the Rangers. That may be a good thing, as this is the day when 30 year olds get multi year contracts for absurd money.

Use this as your open thread for the day. You all know the rules, keep it civil. This will be updated with the big deals throughout the day.

Enjoy the madness.

  • From before today:
    • Logan Couture remains in SJ on an 8 year, $64 million deal.
    • Ryan Reaves is staying in Vegas for two years, $5.55 million ($2.75ish million a year).
    • Niklas Hjarmalsson is staying in Arizona, two years at $5 million a year.
    • Montreal acquired Steve Mason, Joel Armia, a 7th rounder, and a 4th rounder for prospect Simon Bourque in a clear salary dump. Montreal then bought out Mason.
    • Eddie Lack to NJ for one year, $650k.
  • David Perron is headed back to STL. Four years, $4m a year.
  • Eric Gryba is going to NJ.
  • Eric Fehr to MIN.
  • Apparently Vegas is going to land Stastny. That may open a potential NYR RFA trade with Winnipeg.
  • Detroit gets Thomas Vanek, one year, $3 million.
  • Carter Hutton gets three years at $2.75m from Buffalo.
  • Larry Brooks is noting that the Rangers have no clear commitments at this point.
  • Jaro Halak goes to Boston for two years.
  • Austin Czarnik goes to Calgary for two years, $1.25 million per and Derek Ryan for three years, $3.125 million per.
  • Vancouver gets Jay Beagle at four years, $3 million per and Antoine Roussell for four years, $3.25 million per. Lol Canucks.
  • Apparently, per David Pagnotta (The Fourth Period – grain of salt required), the Rangers are one of the teams kicking the tires on an Erik Karlsson/Bobby Ryan package deal with Ottawa. That could be huge.
  • Jack Johnson is Pittsburgh bound, five years, $16.25 million total. That’s a deal they will regret.
  • Bad news for the Rangers, as Vlad Namestnikov might want to go to the KHL.
  • Anton Khudobin is going to Dallas.
  • The Tavares sweepstakes are between San Jose and Toronto. Isles officially out.
  • Matt Hendricks and Greg Pateryn are headed to Minnesota.
  • Thomas Hickey stays with the Isles, four years and $2.5m a year.
  • Kyle Brodziak is going to Edmonton, one year and $1 million.
  • Stastny is going to Vegas, seven years and $47.5 million. Wow.
  • Tyler Bozak is headed to STL.
  • Ryan McDonagh is staying on TB. Seven years at $6.75m a year. Yikes.
  • Michael Grabner follows Derek Stepan to Arizona, three years and $3.35m.
  • Nick Holden to Vegas for two years.
  • And Tavares goes to Toronto. 7 years.
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120 comments

  1. Richter1994 says:

    Rangers: Nothing to see here…

    • tanto says:

      No news will be good news.

    • Dan says:

      Hey Tony,

      What’s your take on Spooner and Namestnikov? You mentioned the other day about giving them 2 year bridge deals. You still think that’ll happen or the rangers will find a trade partner?

      I still can’t envision both of them being on this team next year (one maybe). I would love to try to trade one of them for a solid defenseman considering the train wreck we have currently on our back end. And by solid defensemen, I’m thinking old school Girardi type (can eat 15 mins a game or so, blocks shots and plays sound D with few mistakes).

      Thoughts?

      • Reenavipul says:

        Take em to yr 28 or 29, but just bonus the heck out of the 1st year so the salary is below AAV.

      • Richter1994 says:

        hey Dan, I think it depends on Hayes. How about this?

        Sit back, let all the nuts go crazy during FA season, and then trade Hayes for Trouba and extend him, since Statsny to Vegas and Jets need LH center, then go after Nylander after JT lands there, and extend Namer (trade Spooner).

        How about that plan?

        • Dan says:

          I like that plan … I’d rather keep Hayes (just my personal preference) but I understand you have to give to get. I have a feeling they think they’ve got these Boston guys who will be the new leadership core of the team (Hayes, Kreider, Shattenkirk, Vesey).

          • Richter1994 says:

            Hayes not going to be traded for nothing, but for Trouba? I drive Kevin to the airport.

    • Swarty says:

      Sportsnet Canada says Leafs are the frontrunner for JT and are looking to deal Matt Martin.

      Those of you who thought a little toughness is needed – I’d much rather take Martin for two years than go anywhere near Reaves, Kamarov, or whoever…

      $2.5M cap hit for two more years – a little steep but not terrible with the Rangers cap space. Given the options I think he is well worth a shot.

      Martin probably has a bit of a chip on his shoulder after being scratched fairly often by the Leafs. Coming back to the Metro would probably get his motor running.

      Certainly would make Boomer a happy guy.

      • Richter1994 says:

        Send us Martin and Nylander, no problem at all.

      • Mintgecko says:

        I know Reaves didn’t think his game fit in the East.

        I do think we need that muscle because I have a feeling that this team is going to make the playoffs. Belesky is still my main man to make the team out of camp. This is where I think Vesey takes up a roster spot for no reason. There will always be better role players who could offer the same amount of production as him.

        • Swarty says:

          I also think it is a little early to write of Belesky. At least get him into camp and see what he has.

  2. Jerry says:

    For once we will not be part of the “madness”……….
    Thank heavens.

  3. Andy says:

    if JVR is getting $7 mill for 5 years…best of luck in Philly…and our timing on being disciplined is paying off. I’ll be happy to wait until teams up against the cap have to start doing silly things to make space.

    I does feel a little weird to us disciplined at this time of year. but good weird.

  4. Rjcy says:

    Not so sure I agree. This off season is like a box of chocolates…..

  5. Spozo says:

    I’m just happy that the Islanders are going to lose their best player who is in the middle of his prime for nothing 🙂

  6. Walt says:

    Apparently Vegas is going to land Stastny. That may open a potential NYR RFA trade with Winnipeg.

    Is there Trouba in Ranger land?

    Sure hope so if a trade is possible!!!!!!!

    • Dan says:

      I just thought that too Walt! I’m not sure one of our RFA’s can land Trouba (I’d love it if we could) … but maybe Morrisey? He’d for sure help start to round out our defensive core. He’s 22, played almost 82 games the last two years, put up pretty good numbers and averaged 19-20 mins a night.

      • Walt says:

        That would be a nice deal, and wouldn’t cost an arm & leg!!!

      • Bloomer says:

        If Hayes is moved to the Peg for Trouba, then why not go after JT to fill Hayes position. This instantly would make the Rangers a playoff contender in the East.

        • Mintgecko says:

          Because Travares made it pretty clear that no metro teams are on his list to play for. He also wouldn’t fill in anyone’s holes in the NYR lineup. You can’t full something up if there’s nothing there. The true 1c is up for taking and that’s where he would fit in any trades involving Zib or Hayes.

    • Emile the Cat says:

      Walt…
      Winnipeg will hold the Rangers at gun point for Trouba, if the Rangers are really sweating him then expect a couple of high draft picks plus Hayes going there. I’m wondering if that’s worth it, for the future?

      • Walt says:

        Cat

        If that is the asking price, I’d walk!!!!!!!

        “The Rangers are one of the teams kicking the tires on an Erik Karlsson/Bobby Ryan package deal with Ottawa. That could be huge.”

        My goodness, stay the heck away from this deal, the guy is on the downward spiral already, is soft, is hurt, and will cost a fortune. Knowing all this, they sign Karlsson because he’s pretty, and is Hanks’ buddy. What garbage!!!!!!

        • Spozo says:

          It’s the Rangers! Despite a “rebuild” would you really be surprised??

          But I agree, I don’t want any part of a defender who’s value lies in his transition game and offensive prowess who has had foot issues before the age of 30!

          I’m not worried about what it would cost to acquire him. I actually think that would be relatively low since they would be taking on Ryan’s awful contract. What concerns me is the extension that Karlsson would receive.

          • Blueshirt in Paris says:

            The other thought is we eat the Ryan contract and buy it out next buyout period and FLIP Karlsson for prospects/picks.

            Using our cap space as an asset is something I would never dreamed would happen in Rangerland.

            • Walt says:

              Who would you flip him to? Knowing he’s half the player he was, and will demand big money, and term, I’d still stay away from that deal!!!!!

              • Blueshirt in Paris says:

                Toronto would be my first guess. And I’m sure there are a few teams calling about Karlson but don’t have the money or cap space to take on Ryan.

            • Reenavipul says:

              A buyout would be $3.25mm of dead cap space for 6 years, while just riding it out during a rebuild is no biggie.

              Any buyout burns chance of injury to bury on LTIR, trading to a cap floor team or post lockout compliance buyout.

          • Walt says:

            Not just the extension, but the term. Will they ever learn??

    • Andy says:

      I think to land Trouba it will take Zib. Hayes would require something like Hayes and Vesey and a first for Trouba and a second.(not saying that gets it done, or doesn’t, but it would be more than a one for one) The Jets have been moving out pieces to open up cap space and will definitely need a second line center. With some of the rumors about overpay today Zib at $5.3 for the next 4 years should look attractive to the Jets. Laine needs a contact next year and with the overpays today that situation for The Jets should worsen. But we will see.

      • upstatetom says:

        don’t get it what’s so hot with trouba ? had money probs in winnepeg, sat out . doesn’t sound like that is something that NYR needs.

        • Andy says:

          what’s hot about him is he is a solid 2 way “R” Dman who can move the puck, skate, plays smartly and he’s 24 years old. His issue in Winnipeg is they want him to play his off side. They rank him behind Byfulgien and Meyers in his natural position. He held out, but ultimately signed a contract for 2 years. It also seems he’s learned his lesson after his last hold out. As bad as our D has been the past few seasons, he would be a breath of fresh air.

      • Mintgecko says:

        Zib straight up? Lol yeah right… This reminded of summer of 2016 with people predicting Stepan trade value. Let’s be real here, Zib only puts up a (little more points) than someone like Hayes due to his ice time, OZ% starts, PP time and better names to play with. When he isn’t scoring for a month straight during the 5 on 5 than he could rely on all the extra overtime and shootout chances that he got.

        Winnipegs wouldn’t trade Trouba for a center who lacks at two way hockey and 5 on 5 distribution. Laine certainly doesn’t need that and neither does the Winnipeg’ s PP. If you’re assuming that Zib could get that trade done then forget about it, they won’t come calling anytime soon and will try to resign Paul Stats soon.

        • Andy says:

          Stastny is going to Vegas on a 3 year deal.

          • Mintgecko says:

            Oh damn, good for him and Vegas. Haula is just a 3c capable of offense. Now I’m curious to see where Paul fits in. I still don’t see how the Winnipeg’ s come calling for Zib. They need a good two way center who puts up points while playing 5 on 5.

            • Andy says:

              Well, Stastny is gone. Bozak is gone to St,Louis. Taveres did not consider The Jets so now what? Zib may need a sweetener, but signing a UFA #2 center is looking increasingly difficult for The Jets who are solidly in their window. They may come calling on Hayes along with a some other pieces. Who knows. But they need a #2 center. We need a top 4 D man. We have centers and they have D men. So we match up.

              • Mintgecko says:

                They would certainly ask for a sweetener with a Zib trade. No way would they give up any of their top 4 for him in a straight up trade starting with Trouba. His PP numbers won’t get them shaking in their boots. His +\- and 5 on 5 along with his prone self will certainly make JG add in a top prospect to a Zib trade.

            • Andy says:

              I could also see a deal with Edmonton involving Nugent Hopkins for Trouba. But as you look at the list of teams who missed the play offs last year not many have center depth.

      • Richter1994 says:

        Jets need LH center, Zib is RH.

        Hayes and Day for Trouba, then extend him.

        • Emile the Cat says:

          I think Winnipeg hangs up the phone on that one.

          • Richter1994 says:

            They can, but if Trouba says he’s not signing long term with the teams that the Jets want to trade him to, then that restricts the teams he will ultimately go to.

            That being said, there’s still smoke around the Rangers and Karlsson.

            • Emile the Cat says:

              I know this won’t be popular, but to get a RH defenseman with that talent and youth, I think I would add a second rounder plus I might include Tampa’s second rounder even if it could possibly be a first. AND that might not get it done.

              • Richter1994 says:

                I’m thinking that some people do not realize how good Trouba is and can be.

                He would be top pair here, pushing Shatty to 2nd pair, which is not a bad thing at all.

    • upstatetom says:

      don’t really like stastny that much.

  7. Jerry says:

    Go after Panarin…that’s the best move for this club….

    • Walt says:

      Jerry

      Why??????

      He’s an UFA next year, why pay thru the nose for him now????? What if he wants to test the waters at the end of this upcoming season???????

      Sorry my friend, I’d walk here as well!!!

      • Jerry says:

        Walt that wasn’t me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        I’d NEVER endorse that move.

        • Walt says:

          Jerry

          Now your the target of the fraudulent guy who is banned on this site for using other’s name. Now that’s funny man!!! Love you man, have a great day!!!!!

  8. Larry says:

    No good players want to come to the NYR this year, really nothing to watch here for the NYR fans. We become the Phoenix Coyotes of last year.
    .

    • upstatetom says:

      nothin wrong with that. let quinn work with what he has and watch. give the kids something to shoot for.

  9. Walt says:

    Wrong, we don’t want to overpay for these guys, so they can go else ware.

    We are on a rebuild, don’t change course and sign retreads as a stopgap, let them go to the Isles, or Devils!!!!!!!

  10. Emile the Cat says:

    Exactly, I want to see Howden, Chytil and Andersson at center ice this year, so I’m fine with trading Zib (or Hayes) if we can get a Trouba like Andy suggested. I also want Gettinger and Ronning in there too. I’m tired of the Hollands, Desharnais’ and Puempels of the league. Let’s do this rebuild.

  11. tanto says:

    As the dust clears someone will lose and want a guy like Namestnikov, Spooner or Zucc. JG should just stay the course, lay low and in the background. Good things will come to he who waits.

  12. Andy says:

    Seeing rumors that Tobias Rieder being bid up now. Not sure where all the love is coming from, but I would definitely pass on paying up for him.

    • Reenavipul says:

      He’s a nice bottom 6 option on an okay team.

    • Mintgecko says:

      If that were to happen then it would be a terrible pick up. I rather get Scott Hartnell, he’s the type who would take a player under his wing, call for team dinners at his place, give you 10-13 goals and 10-15 assist as a 4th liner. He would also bring a forecheck, agitate and do the gloves dropping every night. He could easily rise up for a week inside the top 9 or PP during a injury big filled season. If the team somehow made the playoffs than he’s actual muscle to have that can still score.

      Smh they should have jumped on Antoine Roussel and gave him that deal that he was looking for. The dude could have straight up replaced Vesey in the bottom 6 and for the better the Rangers would came out with a win.

  13. Reenavipul says:

    I’m starting to come around on Karlsson/Ryan, as long as the Rangers give them nothing beyond a succession of 3rd round picks.

    Given a competent coach and linemates, you could get Ryan up to 50 points or so while you flip Karlsson for whatever you can get.

    • Mintgecko says:

      ” Whatever you can get ” That sounds like a awful idea to play that game after you just took on a crap contract and paid in full for Karlsson’ s services. All for what? You’re basically doing Ottawa’s job with less than a ticking time bomb that’s going on up there but still have to be on schedule to trade him in order to really ” flip ” him. I would hope that if they made the trade to get him over here in the first place that they would have a good idea that he would want to stick around. If not that than at least have a couple of teams on stand by ready to trade for him at a above average price or else that whole process is worthless.

      • Reenavipul says:

        Yes, doing Ottawa’s dirty work, but not under their pressure so you get more than you give them.

        To quote Montell Jordan, “This is how we do it.”

        • Mintgecko says:

          Way to risky when you only have 1 season left of him. At the end of the day that won’t change. Right there the flipping process goes into shambles with it’s own ticking time bomb. It won’t be some dirty little secret so from then on the other GM’ s will know that they can force JG hand. He would need to be traded out a few months before the deadline. You’re stuck with Bobby Ryan’ s contract just for fun? This sounds like a pissing contest to see who can flip Karlsson the best while attaching a bad contract to him. Remember Hoffman didn’t have actual crap attached to his trade value besides the crazy drama queen.

          • Reenavipul says:

            How is anybody forcing JG’s hand? Rangers aren’t exactly cash poor.

            They could do the extension in a very cap friendly manner for both player and team, then start the auction for a max yield.

            Just don’t keep him.

            • Mintgecko says:

              Idk maybe the hypothetical of Karlsson not wanting to sign here would force it? Any negotiations that goes south will end up worst than the Isle and JT situation. They would have to do 3 things in order for that trade flip to work

              1. Try and sign him if all else fails. Hope that he views this team as a long term place as a backup plan.

              2. Hope to do a better job at trading him. Will only have the first half of the season to do so and then the clock is on to find the right buyer. Who btw will most likely have to overpay in order to make up whatever we gave up to get him during this rebuild.

              3. If #1 and #2 fail then he either leaves on his own. Or JG trades him for whatever he can get which should look like the recent Hoffmann by one team looking stupid while the other one enjoys the grapes of that certain player’s value. I’ll give you a hint, Ottawa won’t look like the sucker in this one.

              4. I forgot you’re most likely stuck with Ryan’ s contract. If you’re going to add him into the equation of flipping than that only makes getting Karlsson’ s full value back even harder before next July.

              I would hope that there’s a gentleman agreement that he wants to stay in NY. If not and the idea is to just trade him, than I doubt that JG would take on that burden during a rebuild off-season.

              • Reenavipul says:

                I’m not here to hold your hand through the intricacies of the CBA, but Ryan staying on the books is no big deal if you’re rebuilding.

                Chytil & Andersson come off their ELCs the same time Hank’s contract expire(with one year left on Ryan.)

                So there’s zero financial pressure even without a lockout as they can ride out the last year of the contract, or he gets hurt or he retires with zero cap recapture.

                As for Karlsson, everything you hear is that he wants to come here, so your theories that he’ll turn the Rangers down as even a short term destination are frankly goofy.

    • tanto says:

      Although I could see such a move possibly working out, I’m not sure the upside in such a deal makes it a good bet — besides, I don’t think the Sens would settle for a few 3rd round picks. I’m not usually risk averse, but in this case the possible “payoff” seems a bit underwhelming … and 7.25m per for 4 more years can easily turn into an albatross around our necks.

      • Reenavipul says:

        The Sens are sitting on $235mm of debt, they need to unload salary and take on contracts like Hossa’s so they can make the salary floor but be well below it cash wise.

        Getting Ryan’s $7.25mm off the books is worth more than Karlsson’s remaining production on what’s left of his contract to them.

        Rangers are going to be bad for a while, Ryan could be productive; but that, plus what you can get from flipping Karlsson more than makes up for the risk on Ryan.

        Speaking of the risk on Ryan, with the potential lockout in 19-20, whenever a new CBA gets worked out, they’ll be able to use a compliance buyout on him in all likelihood.

  14. Emile the Cat says:

    Millstein (Namestikov’s agent) says He is NOT considering going to the KHL.

    • Bloomer says:

      That’s the downside of loading up your roster with Ruskies. They always have the option of going back home to the KHL. They have leverage in contract negotiations.

      • Reenavipul says:

        KHL salary cap is $13.5mm, anybody think Nasty getting anything close to his qualifying offer over there?

  15. Stevem says:

    Tavares informs the Isles that he will not re sign

  16. tanto says:

    Too quiet, Now I’m getting worried the Rangers do something a little stupid. 😉

    • Richter1994 says:

      JT to leafs is official, so trade for Nylander, take Martin back if we need to.

      • Mintgecko says:

        What happens to Kadri? What happens to Austin Matthews? I wonder if he has a giant who or maybe he really hates Tornoto media and Babcock? If he was smart than he wouldn’t sign any long tern squat until he can pick the place to represent.

        Getting someone like Nylander would be interesting to say the least. I understand that he’s a natural center but like most in this league, those guys need to play wing to get full value out of them in this league. Who would he push down? Buch or Kreider? Maybe even off the top PP as well. Future moves like these reminds me of how nobody is a for defiant top line player in this roster.

        • Richter1994 says:

          Exactly, there has to be some trading opportunities there.

          I would love Nylander, for sure.

  17. Richter1994 says:

    Jt to Toronto, 7 years, no $$ yet

    • Spozo says:

      7 years at 11 million.

      Consider this. Mathews will get an extension this year in the 12-13 million a year range. Toronto will have 28% of their cap (assuming 80 million cap) in 2 players. Allocating that much cap in 2 players hasn’t worked out so well for Chicago since they have Kane and Toews those contracts.

      • Richter1994 says:

        That’s why I say, Gorton should be all over this getting whatever he can from the Leafs.

        Take back Martin who only has 2 years left at $2.5M per. Nylander, Marner, Kapanen, would love to have any one of them.

      • Reenavipul says:

        Leafs will have around $20mm to extend Matthews, Marner & Kapanen, more like $17 because they have to dress a defence in 2019-20.

        It’s going to be a super top heavy team.

  18. Bloomer says:

    Please no trade for Karlsson and Bobby Ryan.

  19. Larry says:

    ” Ryan McDonagh is staying on TB. Seven years at $6.75m a year. Yikes. ”

    OMG, so expensive…NYR traded him at the right time…BTW, Ryan McDonagh is not the same player 2 years ago. You can see it in the playoff this year.
    .

    • Spozo says:

      Trading McDonagh was as much about what came back in the trade with Tampa as it was avoiding his next contract.

      The extension also doesn’t kick in until next year. So they essentially gave a 30 year old a 7 year contract.

      Woof

      • Emile the Cat says:

        I think the contract is defendable for TB, as they have a decent window to win a Cup. For us, no way, got out when the gettin was good.

        • Spozo says:

          Yes I agree. The Rangers realized that they are likely 3 years away from even thinking about doing any damage in the playoffs. Tampa should be a contender for a while. And Mac is the #2 defender in Tampa. He should see easier minutes than he will in NY.

          Much better situation in Tampa. But they will at some point regret giving a 30 year old a 7 year contract but that regret will be lessened if they win a cup or 2.

    • Richter1994 says:

      Love McD, but better them than us.

      These teams counting on compliance buyouts with the next lockout.

  20. Larry says:

    The Devils got Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, that was a great trade.
    Meantime, we got Mika Zibanejad, a often injured 2nd line C.
    .

  21. Bloomer says:

    Grabs signed on with the desert dogs. Classy guy with speed to bun. Would of been nice to see him back in the Big Apple.

  22. Blue Seat says:

    Leo Komarov not signed by another team yet? I get where we are, and why. But, what a terrible waste of what’s typically (especially for Ranger fans) an exciting day. At this time, most quality is gone from free agency 2018, The draft was more of a maybe, then it had to be. Although, some of the yutes could bring something to this depleted hockey team. Maybe trading activity will bring some excitement to what’s become a boring team.

    • Bloomer says:

      Tob Rieder signed by the Oil for 2million for one season. Rangers obviously out shopping in the bargain basement.

  23. Reenavipul says:

    Freddy Claesson to Rangers? How many 7th defencemen does this team need?

    • Emile the Cat says:

      At least he uses his body on the ice. He’s definitely no figure skater.

  24. Larry says:

    Giving that the Bolts gave McDonagh such a big contract extension, Temper Bay must feel the prospects they gave up to the NYR, Libor Hajek and Brett Howden, are pretty good.
    .

  25. Larry says:

    There’s no state income tax in FL, so that’s a real big contract McD and his family, good for him.
    .

  26. Larry says:

    Even John Moore got a 2.75M per, 5 year contract. I hope someone out there wants to take a chance on Marc Staal and his contact.
    .

    • supermaz says:

      I’ve always liked John Moore’s game.

      • tanto says:

        So much wasted potential there. He’s never distinguished himself in any one aspect of the game and in the end is just a 3rd pairing guy at best.

  27. Reenavipul says:

    Namestnikov: 2 years, $4mm AAV

    Not enough term to make for great trade bait v

    • Larry says:

      That’s a friendly contract for the NYR, compare with J.T. Miller’s five-year contract worth $5.25M per.
      .

    • Richter1994 says:

      Signed Karlsson former D partner and now signed Namer on the bridge contract, Hayes to Ottawa?

      • Emile the Cat says:

        Depends, are we still taking on Bobby Ryan?

        • Richter1994 says:

          God I hope not, unless they take back cap space or Staal, which actually doesn’t make sense since Staal has less years left than Ryan.

    • Swarty says:

      I know I am one the outliers on Namestnikov but….I cannot wait to see what he can bring to this team with the new found youth, a new coach, and starting the season in camp.

      Two years at $4M is a good deal for both parties.

    • tanto says:

      2 years is actually great, either for trading him now or by the trade deadline. The key is the $4m, will be interesting to see how it is structured. I’m not sure anyone out there would be willing to give him more years and at a higher AAV — since the UFA years end up being the most expensive to buy.

      • Reenavipul says:

        It’s structured lousily.
        Year 1: $500k bonus, $3.5mm salary
        Year 2: $4mm salary

        • Jon says:

          We could always keep half the contract if we trade him next year.

          • Reenavipul says:

            You’re only allowed 3 retained salary contracts at a time(along with only 15% of your cap room),doesnt make sense to waste one when there’s big game out there.

        • tanto says:

          Yeah, that’s a poor structure for a K when you have the money we have to burn.

          • Reenavipul says:

            If you’re trying to create value on the off chance you need to deal them, then that contract doesn’t do it unless the player wildly out performs it.

            But if you have it signing bonus driven, he can even underperform the AAV and you can still generate value unless the wheels fall off.

        • Ray says:

          I do not think there really is much of a market for the contracts you want. It’s not like there are a ton of cap floor teams and, while it is a theoretical possibility, I don’t know of anyone gobbling up such contracts.

          • Reenavipul says:

            Do you live in a world where you’re only allowed to access this site?

            Ottawa? Arizona? Florida? Where have you been the last 5 years?

      • Reenavipul says:

        If you want a more aggressive structure:
        Year 1: $4.075mm bonus, $650k salary
        Year 2: $2.8mm bonus, $700k salary

    • James1090 says:

      For what its worth Brooks they signed him to the contract with no intention of trading him.

      • Emile the Cat says:

        Good! I can just imagine how he felt when he came to this dismal locker room after being in TB and that winning environment. He’ll be ok, IMO.

      • tanto says:

        I would trade him in a heartbeat if I could get a 1st rounder — they may change their tune come the trade deadline.

  28. Richter1994 says:

    Leo to the Isles, 4 years, lol. Thank God.

    • Caros says:

      Lol! Leo is gone, thanks Lou. Give us Martin – he was always a Ranger at heart anyway (and Nyl/Mar) – Thanksgiving and Christmas will be a blessing at Boomers

    • Blueshirt in Paris says:

      You might regret saying that.

      Brilliant move by the Islanders or should we just admit it already, Lou is a double agent for TOR. Convinces Ledecky and Malkin to let JT walk to TOR. They save a lot of money. Lou comes in with Trotz and hits a home run in the draft (he has the TOR scouting report in his brain).

      But here is the kicker. And by kicker, I mean kick them when they are down. Do you want to be relevant in your market? Well, you have to beat the Rangers. And the NYR are vulnerable at this point and everyone knows it. Rekindle the NYR-NYI rivalry (you already have Wahlstrom talking shit), kick the shit out of the small, young Rangers.

      They become relevant, get a new arena, get a great front office, get younger, save money. Hold on to your blueseats, we are in for a rough ride these next few years. Even Reaves wanted no part of that 😉

      • Richter1994 says:

        Hey pal!!

        The Isles are an awful team right now. Replacing Tavares with Fippula and Komerov is not the answer. They missed out on O’Reilyy and they are probably going to lose De Haan too.

        They are in shambles, and I haven’t even mentioned that they still have no goalie. I’m not concerned Rangers vs Isles because the offseason is not done yet. Jeff is sitting back, waiting patiently.