Rangers to release Vince Pedrie

The Rangers have placed defenseman Vince Pedrie on unconditional waivers for contract termination. Pedrie was solid, if unspectacular with Hartford last year, putting up a line of 3-11-14 in 58 games on a pretty abysmal club. This year though, Pedrie has seen inconsistent playing time and has had a pair of stints in the ECHL.

There was some buzz when the Rangers signed Pedrie out of Penn State in 2017. For every Neal Pionk, there are dozens of Pedrie’s though. Best of luck.

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  • Jan 4, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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    Alas poor Pedrie, we hardly knew Yee.

  • Jan 4, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    Frees up a contract before the trade deadline … so one has to wonder if this is just some prelude/preparation for some “big” deal down the road.

    • Jan 4, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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      This is a surprise to me, but I don’t think it is a harbinger of anything. To the best of my knowledge, the Rangers were on the hook for Pedrie’s minor league salary of $70K this year, maybe half of which he has already received. If my understanding is correct, the Rangers can only terminate the contract for non-performance of duties, e.g., the Rangers assign him to Maine and he refuses to go. So I believe this could only have happened by mutual consent. This is not uncommon with European players who decide to go back home when the Ranger career is not working out, but I do not recall it ever happening with a North American player.

      My presumption: Pedrie could see he was never going to be an NHL player, was merely a marginal AHL player at best, and decided to do something else with his life. January, good time to go back to college. $35K for the next few months is good money if you plan to play minor league hockey as your (short term) profession, but not the kind of money that should keep you from turning the page.

      I don’t think going from 47 to 46 contracts ever figured in the reasoning. And I think if getting rid of bad contracts was easy, Pedrie would have been gone sooner — and we would not be seeing all of Nell, Halverson, Gropp, and Leedahl on the roster.

      • Jan 4, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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        Except he isn’t a Euro … and don’t think the Rangers will be too quick to discard Gropp or Halverson, although that’s probably inevitable. I’m not surprised by the termination of Pedrie, but being it’s in the middle of the season, he’s a graduate of Penn St. and he isn’t a Euro going to play overseas makes me think there could be an additional motivation to do it now.

        • Jan 4, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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          My point was, AFAIK, the Rangers had no say in the matter. The rules only allow termination for cause and so effectively, the only way to terminate a player is if he wants to go. Now, if Mika Zibanejad refuses to come to practice, the Rangers won’t terminate him and make him a free agent(they’ll fine him), but a player at the level of Kovacs, Stromwall, Lindqvist, Pedrie can leave if he wants. This year, Pedrie has played only 15 games – first Hartford, then Maine, back to Hartford, just sent back to Maine I think. I am guessing he saw the writing on the wall and decided to beat it. He told the Rangers, they said just don’t report to Maine and we will terminate you.

          Did Pedrie really graduate? He only played two years for Penn State and was listed as a sophomore his last year- still had two years of eligibility.

          You really think the decision to non-tender Gropp and Halverson in June has not already been made?

          • Jan 5, 2019 at 11:56 am
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            Gropp has one more year on his ELC.

  • Jan 4, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    At the very least, the loss of a contract provides additional flexibility in those 1 for 3 trades. Pedrie wasn’t sticking with us either way.

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