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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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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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Jun
30

Dreger: Rangers targeting Ondrej Pavelec

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Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are targeting Ondrej Pavelec to fill their backup goaltending void. The former Jet has a pretty bad rep, but has pretty solid numbers at even strength. That leads us to believe there were special teams issues in Winnipeg. That said, the Rangers also had PK issues, and it’s not like the Rangers have a strong blue line.

This is a classic eye test vs. numbers debate with Pavelec. Justin noted solid talent, but inconsistent technique/conditioning. Bad conditioning can be fixed, and Benoit Allaire can fix anyone’s technique. Pavelec will likely need to start 20 games for the Blueshirts, so let’s hope he just needs a change of scenery and some time with a solid goalie coach.

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kevin shattenkirk

Free agency begins tomorrow, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, I have no idea what direction the Rangers are leaning towards. They’ve dealt Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta and bought out Dan Girardi, all in an effort to “rebuild on the fly.” But now there are rumblings that they are interested in Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton. They don’t want to spend big, but have a ton of cap space.

It’s almost impossible to try to figure out what Jeff Gorton is thinking. However a bunch of rumors have at least been made public by the likes of Bob McKenzie, Elliotte Friedman, Larry Brooks, etc. So let’s consolidate them all.

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Jun
29

Sources: Kevin Klein “100%” retiring

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Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein is “100%” retiring before next season. Larry Brooks initially broke the story that Klein was leaning towards retirement, however this was confirmed to me over the past two weeks by multiple sources. Klein leaves one year and $2.75 million on the table. The Rangers get $2.9 million in cap space back.

The Rangers acquired Klein in 2014 for Michael Del Zotto to help solidify the right side of the defense. Klein was somewhat of a marvel on Broadway, setting career highs in goals, assists, and points. Back injuries derailed Klein the last few seasons, which only exacerbated his skating issues.

Klein retires with a line of 38-116-154 in 627 games.

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brendan smith

The Rangers have re-signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a four-year extension. The deal is worth $17.4 million, which is $4.35 million per year. When I went through our process of gauging his contract last month, I came to five years and $4.1 million. So one less year and an extra $250k per year. I’m going to call that a correct guess by me. I’m 1-for-1. Woohoo.

Smith was by far the best RD for the Rangers during the postseason, and retaining him was critical for the success of the blue line going forward. As of today, Smith will likely land as Ryan McDonagh’s defense partner on the top pair. Suffice it to say, that’s a significant upgrade over Dan Girardi.

Signing Smith was an important step in the offseason process for the Rangers. They now have a legitimate top-four RD on their roster, and for a pretty fair price.

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