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Jul
05

Mika ZIbanejad files for arbitration

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Mika Zibanejad has formally filed for salary arbitration, which comes as no surprise. I feel like I write this every year, but this is just a formal step in the process. The Rangers haven’t had a player actually go to arbitration since Nik Zherdev. Sean Avery also went to arbitration in 2007.

Zibanejad and the Rangers will likely hammer out a deal before the arbitration date. With Zibanejad filing for arbitration, the Rangers have a second buyout window open to them in August. They likely won’t use it, but it will be open. This also protects Zibanejad from an offer sheet.

Oddly enough, Jesper Fast also filed for arbitration. I’m assuming he just filed the paper work before the deal was announced. Just a formality.

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The Rangers and RFA Jesper Fast have agreed to terms on a three year contract extension worth $1.85 million per season. Fast has been one of the most versatile Rangers in recent memory, sliding up and down the lineup with relative ease.

The former 6th round pick will remain a Ranger through his age-28 season. The deal is certainly a little more than I had expected, but it’s worth it to keep Fast here. He’s one of those guys that does the little things very well.

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Jul
04

Rangers to sign David Desharnais?

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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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Jul
04

July 4th musings

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Happy Fourth of July everyone. Enjoy the day off with some musings of the Rangers’ offseason thus far.

  • Jeff Gorton has had an interesting offseason. It’s clear his goal was to upgrade the defense, and he did just that by buying out Dan Girardi, re-signing Brendan Smith, and signing Kevin Shattenkirk. He got a bonus in Kevin Klein’s retirement. So on that front, so far so good.
  • The top four on the blue line, as mentioned yesterday could be the best in the Metro Division. It has established puck movers who are solid two-way defensemen. This top-four will help resolve the issue the Blueshirts had with zone exits last year.

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kevin shattenkirk

Last summer Jeff Gorton made the Rangers into one of the most dynamic scoring machines in the league. The forwards were vastly improved and they could seemingly score at will. But that dried up against the good teams in the playofs because the defense simply couldn’t keep up. That made Gorton’s for this summer goal clear: Fix the defense.

By buying out Dan Girardi, essentially replacing him with Kevin Shattenkirk, and re-signing Brendan Smith, the Rangers have what could potentially be the best top-four in the Metro Division. A potential pairing of Shattenkirk with Ryan McDonagh also gives the Rangers what could be a top pairing that is top-five in the league. No hyperbole.

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kevin shattenkirk

The Rangers landed the biggest prize in the free agent market yesterday, inking Kevin Shattenkirk to a four year deal worth $6.65 million per season. It was the only major move made by the Blueshirts, as it left them with a bit over $8 million in cap space, which meant they were out of the running for Joe Thornton and/or Patrick Marleau. As always, I have some quick thoughts.

  • Shattenkirk wanted to be a Ranger. Larry Brooks said that he came to the Rangers with that offer, which left a significant amount of money on the table. That speaks volumes for how badly he wanted to come here.

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Jul
01

Rangers sign Paul Carey and Cole Schneider

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This is a little late, but in addition to landing Kevin Shattenkirk and Ondrej Pavelec, the Rangers signed a pair of free agent forwards for Hartford. Paul Carey and Cole Schneider both inked for $650,000, with Carey signing for two years and Schneider for one. They are expected to be AHL depth.

Only Carey (32 games) has NHL experience.

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Jul
01

Rangers to sign Kevin Shattenkirk

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Update 2: He’s coming to NY. Four years, $6.65m per year. He left more money on the table from other teams. He wants to be here.

Update: A few folks are putting cold water on this. Stay tuned.

Per Kevin Weekes, the Rangers will be signing coveted free agent Kevin Shattenkirk to a four year deal worth $6.9 million per season. The move solidifies the Rangers top-four defense as one worthy of Stanley Cup contention.

The term is short and takes Shattenkirk to age-32, which is a big get for the Rangers. Shatty was rumored to be targeting six years. With all the extra cap space, I’ll take a short term cap hit that’s higher.

This is a solid deal for the Rangers that shouldn’t bite them in the long run. Shatty won’t be signed to a big deal into his mid or late thirties. Solid move by Gorton.

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Jul
01

Free agency open thread

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Free agency has officially opened. Bob McKenzie went on a tweeting storm this morning, confirming who is going where. We will do our best to update this throughout the day, with Rangers moves in bold.

  • The Rangers will sign Ondrej Pavelec as their backup netminder.
  • Dan Girardi is going to Tampa Bay on a multi-year deal that pays him $4+ million. Steve Yzerman is a fantastic GM if you disregard everything he does with former Rangers.
  • Ryan Miller is headed to Anaheim.

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ondrej pavelec

Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers will sign goalie Ondrej Pavelec once the free agency period opens at noon. Pavelec was rumored to be coming to Rangers last night, and McKenzie confirmed it this morning. According to our goalie guru Justin, Pavelec is a solid talent but has inconsistent conditioning and technique. Per friend of the blog Tobias Pettersson, Pavelec’s stats actually aren’t that bad, and he’s a lot better than some other options out there.

Knowing Benoit Allaire, he can likely work with Pavelec to fix his technique. He’s a top goalie coach in the league, and turned Cam Talbot and Antti Raanta into starters with other clubs. If there is anyone who can resurrect Pavelec’s career to his talent level, it’s Allaire.

From past trends, I’d expect this to be a one-year deal. That’s usually what Jeff Gorton does with backups. It’s a one-year show-me deal, then a multi-year deal if it works out.

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