Tonight is Day One of the 2015 NHL Draft, with the first round taking place over the span of three hours. The New York Rangers do not have a pick in this round, yet. There are wild rumors about what will happen with Cam Talbot, and it is expected that the Rangers will make a trade tonight to slide into the first round.
This afternoon, there were three major trades, two involving the Bruins:
- Buffalo acquired Robin Lehner and David Legwand for the 21st overall pick.
- Bruins sent Dougie Hamilton to Calgary for the 15th, 45h, and 52nd picks in this year’s draft
- Bruins sent Milan Lucic to Los Angeles for the 13th pick, goalie Martin Jones, and prospect Colin Miller. The Bruins retained $2.75m of Lucic’s salary.
We are live blogging the draft tonight and all day tomorrow. Be sure to join us.
St. Louis was acquired from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline last year, along with a 2015 2nd round pick, for Ryan Callahan, 2014 and 2014 1st round picks, and a 2015 7th round pick. In his Rangers career, he put up 22-38-60 in 93 games. In the playoffs, St. Louis put up 9-13-22 in 44 games.
The Rangers made playoff runs to the Stanley Cup Final and Eastern Conference Final during his 1+ seasons in New York.
With Robin Lehner and David Legwand heading to Buffalo for the 21st overall pick in the draft, all eyes have turned to the Cam Talbot sweepstakes. Initially Edmonton was the front runner, but Katie Strang has noted that Calgary is the front runner now. Darren Dreger noted that a pair of second rounders plus might get it done.
Trading Talbot for a pair of 2015 second rounders plus will be a coup. That “plus” is interesting though.
11am: Kevein Weekes is noting Florida has significant interest.
12pm: Mark Spector says that if the Rangers can’t land a first rounder, the deal will wait until tomorrow.
1:30pm: Dreger is noting the Rangers have been offered a first round pick for Talbot. I can’t believe his value is this high. Stunned.
3:30pm: Dougie Hamilton has been traded from Boston to Calgary for the 15, 45, and 52 picks in the 2015 draft. This takes Calgary out of the Talbot sweepstakes.
4:30pm: Per Frank Seravalli, the first round pick offered is from San Jose (#9). My own opinion: It has to be Talbot+.
Per Larry Brooks, General Manager Glen Sather is holding out on a trade of Cam Talbot until he receives a first round pick. He has reportedly turned down offers with a pair of second rounders, and a high second with a solid prospect. The Rangers apparently really want into the first round of this draft.
Personally, I would take either deal for Talbot, since turning him into a pair of assets would be a great return. In the end, I still think that’s what gets the deal done, but it’s hard to fault Slats and Jeff Gorton for holding out. Talbot is going to set the market on this.
Some quick notes to round out your day:
- The Rangers will open the season on October 7 in Chicago, then will play on October 9 in Columbus, and have their home opener on October 10 against Columbus. All teams play 3-in-4’s, and I’d rather have it in October than in March.
- The NHL is set to drop the 4-on-4 overtime rules, and instead will play 3-on-3 overtime for those five minutes. The NHLPA rejected the idea of four minutes of 4-on-4 and three minutes of 3-on-3. If there is a penalty in overtime, it will be a 4-on-3 advantage.
- The idea here is to end games in regulation/overtime and diminish the effect the shootout has on the standings. Here’s a hint: Go to a 3-2-1 point system, and you’ll have games ending before the shootout. But hey, what do I know?
- The NHL is going to officially open up the expansion process, per Sportsnet. Formal announcement is expected today.
Mark Spector of Sportsnet is speculating that the Edmonton Oilers are not going to give the Rangers the #16 pick unless a defenseman is included in the trade. This seems to make sense, since the Oilers need a defenseman as well and the Rangers need to shed an additional contract from the blue line. My guess is that the delay is that Slats is either trying to work a bigger deal, or he is trying to squeeze that first rounder out of them.
Spector also notes that Slats prefers not to deal Talbot to Buffalo, since they are “in state.” But the Sabres are in a different division, so I don’t know if that adds up.
In the end, if it’s Talbot alone, I think he nets either a pair of 2nds or a 2nd and a prospect.
More Cam Talbot stuff from Darren Dreger, who noted that the Oilers
offered two second round picks in exchange for the goalie. Update: Sorry, I misunderstood. Dreger said the Oilers were not the team that offered two seconds. But a team did offer it. Glen Sather/Jeff Gorton turned down that offer, and are trying to land a first round pick, the #16 overall, but the Oilers haven’t bitten yet.
Mark Spector thinks that the Oilers are more likely to deal the #33 pick and “something else.” My guess is that this will eventually be settled for the #33 and a forward prospect.
The NHLPA announced that the upper limit of the salary cap will be set at $71.4 million for the 2015-2016 season. This is just a $2.4 million increase from last season’s $69 million ceiling. The reason for the small increase is due to the decreasing value of the Canadian Dollar.
The Rangers are in a bit of a crunch with the cap, but should be able to get their RFAs signed if they can move salary. There are other teams (Chicago, LA, Boston) with much more pressing issues.
The New York Rangers defense has been called elite by some, and a disaster by others. The reality of the unit is that it is somewhere in the middle, much like how Suit graded them yesterday. The Rangers seem to be set on the left side. They have a legit top pairing defenseman in Ryan McDonagh, at least two solid top-four in Keith Yandle and Marc Staal, and then, well, it gets fuzzy on the right side.
Starting with Dan Girardi, who appears to be the most divisive topic among Ranger fans later, the Rangers have a player who thrived under John Tortorella’s zone collapse defensive zone style. But under Alain Vigneault, Girardi’s lack of foot speed, poor gap control, and poor positioning have many questioning if he can keep up in a strong side overload/man coverage system. I’ve already suggested that the Rangers consider dropping him from his top pairing role, to mixed reviews.
Dan Boyle was brought in to help the powerplay –at the expense of Anton Stralman, who I needed to mention at least once in this post due to the situation, but will forego mentioning him again– and was relatively unsuccessful. He made the opposition mindful of his presence, and he certainly gave them options, but the results simply were not there.
Per Darren Dreger, a trade of Rick Nash is highly unlikely. There had been some rumblings that the Rangers were going to move Nash, but it was mostly speculation. Nash has the highest cap hit on a New York Rangers team that needs to clear cap space. However, there are much smarter ways to go about clearing cap space than dealing the team’s top goal scorer. The full video is below.
Dreger also discusses the Cam Talbot sweepstakes in the video. Talbot is discussed around the three-minute mark, Nash at the four-minute mark.