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Jul
04

Steven Fogarty accepts qualifying offer

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Rangers forward and 2011 3rd round pick Steven Fogarty has accepted his qualifying offer, and will remain with the Rangers/Hartford Wolf Pack next season. His QO is a one year, two-way deal that pays him $708,750 at the NHL level, and $70,000 at the AHL level.

Fogarty is primarily a defensive center who has put up back to back 20 point seasons with the Pack. It is unlikely he has an NHL impact going forward, as his lack of offensive makes him a liability in 1/3 of the ice. Fogarty is a nice depth signing for the Pack, though.

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Yesterday was the first day of free agency, and it was the third test, and perhaps the first true test, of the Jeff Gorton rebuild. Big names were available, and the Rangers had –and still have– oodles of cap space to work with. When the clock struck midnight, and Day One turned to what will be a less eventful Day Two, the Rangers re-signed a key RFA and added one low cost UFA defenseman.

Despite being linked to Ryan Reaves and Leo Komarov, Jeff Gorton allowed them both to go to the Golden Knights (two years, $2.775) and Islanders (four years, $3 million), respectively. That was too rich with too much term for the rebuilding Rangers, and both were contracts they would regret.

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Jul
01

Rangers sign Frederik Claesson

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The Rangers have signed free agent defenseman Frederik Claesson to a one year deal worth $700,000. Claesson, a lefty, can play the right side as well.

Claesson is a depth defenseman who is a decent puck mover. This is as low risk as it gets for the Rangers.

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Jul
01

Rangers re-sign Vlad Namestnikov

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One RFA down, many to go. The Rangers have re-signed RFA center Vlad Namestnikov to a two year deal, coming with a $4 million cap hit.

Namestnikov was acquired by the Rangers in the McDonahh/Miller trade, and put up 2-2-4 in 19 games. His poor Rangers production likely cost him in this deal.

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Jul
01

Free agency open thread

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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.

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Jun
30

And now we wait for those dominoes

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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.

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Jun
28

Brooks: Rangers to target Ryan Reaves

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Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers are going to target free agent winger Ryan Reaves when free agency opens on Sunday. Reaves is a 31 year old winger and your prototypical “tough guy.” Reaves doesn’t do much on the ice except for punching, but per Brooks, Reaves is an extremely likable guy in the locker room.

My guess is that Reaves is one of those guys the Rangers will target, like Leo Komarov, that may not have an impact on the ice, but will create a culture of learning and comfort in the locker room for the rookies. Komarov speaks multiple languages, which should help kids adapt. Reaves, as a likable guy, should be able to help as well.

But again, on the ice, Reaves doesn’t move the needle much.

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Jun
28

Is Leo Komarov on the Rangers’ radar?

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We are hot into rumor season, and David Pagnotta (grain of salt required) has noted that the Rangers have interest in forward Leo Komarov on a “multi year deal.”

Komarov struggled last season, but did score 33 goals in his prior two seasons. As the Leafs inserted more talent, his role diminished, thus the lower numbers. Komarov would like be a depth player, insurance in case one of the kids isn’t ready.

One item to consider on multi-year deals: The 2020 expansion draft is looming, and teams need bodies to expose.

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The Rangers have already been written off for next season. After the fire sale and no trades for big names (yet, and unlikely to come), the Blueshirts are all in on their rebuild. They’ve made five first round selections the past two years, making up for four straight years of no picks in the first round. They have a new coach, one that is going to develop prospects and help them transition to The Show.

However winning and rebuilding aren’t mutually exclusive. Everyone loves to compare the Rangers to the Yankees and their rebuild, and while definitely not the same –the Yankees had elite prospects on the cusp or at the major league level already– there is a connection that rebuilding doesn’t necessarily mean losing. Let’s look at the Rangers’ roster, as currently constructed, and let’s see how bad this team is really going to be.

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Jun
24

Rangers announce prospect camp roster

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The Rangers have announced their prospect camp roster. It will include the entire 2018 draft, Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, and most of the prospects acquired at the trade deadline.

There are a few undrafted prospects invited as well. It’s worth keeping an eye on those names.

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