Before the offseason began, many were penciling Dylan McIlrath and Oscar Lindberg into their October lineups. It makes sense, as the Rangers are in a cap crunch at the moment, and Derek Stepan’s contract could be more expensive than initially anticipated. The Rangers need to save cap space, and two kids on sub-$1 million contracts is a perfect place to make up that cap space. The most popular solutions involved trading Tanner Glass and Kevin Klein, two players who may be too expensive for the roles they play on the team.
But the Rangers appear to be hesitant to trade Klein, and we all know that Glass isn’t going anywhere. So that casts a shadow on the future for these two kids. Both are 23 years old, and both will turn 24 in the upcoming season. Both are going to be on their second contracts with the Rangers organization, and both will need to pass through waivers if they don’t make the club out of camp.
Much has been made of the New York Rangers history of trading draft picks in recent years. BSB regular Spozo recommended that we go through, afterthe lockout in 2004, and see what those traded picks turned into. It was a pretty fantastic idea, so here we are today. It’s worth noting that this post will only look at picks traded for players, not picks used to trade up/down. Let’s begin.
The Rangers traded up with Atlanta to get Marc Staal in the first round (picks used on Alex Bourret and Ondrej Pavelec), and then traded down with Montreal (pick used to take Guillaume Latendresse)to recoup the pick. But the Rangers didn’t trade any picks for players in this one.
The Rangers have re-signed RFA winger Marek Hrivik to an undisclosed contract. Hrivik has played his North American pro career with the Hartford Wolfpack, putting up a line of 12-21-33 last season. The 23-year-old Slovakian winger will likely spend this season in Hartford again.
Today, Justin has been posting the three finalists to the BSB Offseason Plan Contest. You’ve been reading and commenting on the three plans, and now it is time to vote. Here are the three finalists:
Be sure to vote in the poll below, and on the sidebar. Voting will last for one week.
WOLF PACK INTRODUCE NEW CHARITABLE CAUSE RECOGNITION INITIATIVE
Each 2015-16 Home Game will Feature Different “Stick Tap Charity of the Game”
HARTFORD, July 9, 2015: Spectra, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced a new Wolf Pack community feature, designed to trumpet the efforts of dedicated organizations that are striving to better the Hartford-area community.
For each 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game at the XL Center, a different local charitable initiative will be honored as the Wolf Pack “Stick Tap Charity of the Game”.
The Stick Tap Charity of the Game will have their cause hailed in front of thousands of Wolf Pack fans, with recognition in a public address announcement at that night’s game, as well as a live, on-camera interview, shown on the XL Center’s scoreboard and video screens, with a representative of the charitable organization. The Wolf Pack will also provide table space on the XL Center concourse, for the featured cause to promote its mission and message to Pack fans.
Nominations can be made for organizations to be celebrated as Stick Tap Charity of the Game through the Wolf Pack’s official website, by clicking here.
The Wolf Pack’s 2015-16 home opener is set for Saturday, October 10 at the XL Center. Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2015-16 AHL campaign can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com. To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.
Update: The CBA specifically states that UFA contracts are not comparables for any arbitration hearing. Ryan O’Reilly was a UFA at the end of his old deal. Thus his new, $7.5 million-per-year contract is not a comparable for Derek Stepan’s arbitration hearing, and is inadmissible. Here is the article from the CBA.
Every season, I write a series of posts projecting the New York Rangers payroll for the following season. For the 2015-2016 season, I started after the trade deadline with the initial projections. The Rangers have seen a few roster moves since then, thus the projections for this season changed a bit.
The Rangers still have four key RFAs: Derek Stepan, Emerson Etem, J.T. Miller, and Jesper Fast. Stepan is the only player to command a significant salary, and has filed for arbitration. The cap ceiling is at $71.4 million for next season, so let’s break down who the Rangers have, and what to expect from the rest of the offseason:
In the most unsurprising move of the offseason thus far, Rangers center Derek Stepan has filed for arbitration. He was the only player –since Carl Hagelin was traded– that was eligible for arbitration on the Rangers. This is just a step in the process, and it is very rare that a player actually goes to arbitration. The only players I can remember getting to that point were Sean Avery and Nik Zherdev.
By filing for arbitration, Stepan will be unable to sign an offer sheet, so this actually protects the Rangers a bit. Players and teams can still negotiate right up until the arbitration hearing, and I expect Stepan to sign his deal before his hearing.
Again, this is part of the process, and is normal for arbitration eligible players.
The New York Rangers have signed forward Luke Adam, adding to their AHL forward depth. Adam, a 2nd round pick in 2008, has previous stints with Buffalo and Columbus, spending most of his career in the AHL. His best season was 2011-2012, where he put up 10-10-20 in 52 games. In his 90 career games, he has a line of 15-11-26.
Adam will be AHL depth and injury depth. It is unlikely he sees significant time at the NHL level.
Sorry for the delay on this one folks, I must have missed it. The Rangers have signed 2014 2nd round pick Brandon Halverson to his three-year entry-level deal. Details of the contract are unknown at the moment, but it is unlikely Halverson will turn pro until the 2016-2017 season. Halverson put up great numbers with the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL this year, posting an absurd 40-5-2 record, with a 2.63 GAA and a .913 SV%.
Halverson’s contract will slide this year, so his contract won’t count towards the 50 contract reserve list.
The answer about where Martin St. Louis will play next year has been answered. When the Rangers announced they will not be bringing the winger back, there were a few teams interested, but ultimately the 40 year old winger decided on retirement instead. St. Louis, a shoo-in Hall of Famer, was noticeably slower in the second half of the season and in the playoffs, as it appeared age caught up with him.
That said, MSL is, again, a HOFer, possibly on the first ballot. In an era where bigger was better, the 5’8″ winger redefined what it meant to be an NHL player, paving the way for smaller, skilled players like Mats Zuccarello and Tyler Johnson. In 1134 games, MSL put up a line of 391-642-1033 (22-38-60 in 93 games with the Rangers) in the regular season. In the playoffs, he had a line of 42-48-90 in 102 games (9-13-22 in 43 games with the Rangers), including a Stanley Cup with the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning.
His best moment as a Ranger, by far, was this goal:
This goal gave the Rangers a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens, a series the Rangers would win in six games.