At financial crossroads, how will Rangers cope?

We knew this time was coming. Rangers’ fans knew that as the team’s window of contention began to open so would the period come where multiple essential Rangers would approach contract negotiation time. It leaves the Rangers in a sort of crossroads over the next twelve months. With Derek Stepan still unsigned, Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan all…

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Despite high cap number, Rangers are not going over the ceiling

When the Rangers re-signed Mats Zuccarello the other day, the attention rightfully shifted to Derek Stepan. Many went to Capgeek and saw that the Rangers had a shade over $2 million of cap space, and began to instantly panic. After all, if Stepan’s market value is the $3.75 million that Claude Giroux received in his bridge deal (that value will…

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Deadspin: MSG has ten years at its current location

Deadspin is reporting that MSG has ten more years at its current location, and then it will likely need to find a new place to call home. MSG’s 50-year permit expired this past year, and MSG was lobbying to extend that permit. While the initial pitch was for a permanent lease on the area, the City Council voted last night,…

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Zuccarello’s arbitration date set for July 31

The NHLPA has announced its arbitration dates, and Mats Zuccarello’s hearing will be on July 31. Zuccarello filed for arbitration on July 10. As we noted here, this is just a part of the process. The hearing, if it takes place (remember both sides can still work out a deal), will find the middle ground between the two sides on…

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Zuccarello filing for arbitration is part of the business

In case you missed it yesterday, Mats Zuccarello filed for arbitration before the 5pm deadline. He and the Rangers were unable to come to an agreement before the deadline, so it makes sense that he filed for arbitration. This is just a step in the process, and does not represent any ill-will on either side. Some things to note about…

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Rangers watch from sidelines as UFA circus begins

As the window to Free Agency opens in a few hours, it got me thinking about the post-lockout economic landscape and how it will affect the Rangers.  I actually think it will be a blessing in disguise that the Blueshirts have almost no cap space to work with in the UFA market, with most available resources going to re-sign our…

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Rangers will not be buying out Brad Richards

The Rangers have announced that they will not be buying out center Brad Richards this summer. The Rangers have one additional compliance buyout –they used their first on Wade Redden– but have until next offseason to use it. With a new coach in place, and without a pressing need to use the buyout this season, the Rangers have decided to…

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Taking a look at a possible Henrik Lundqvist contract extension

Henrik Lundqvist’s contract situation has been quite the hot topic since the season ended.  Prior to his non-committal remarks as to his future, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Hank would remain in New York long-term.  Since extension-gate and the coaching change, combined with news that Lundqvist’s camp and the Rangers are commencing negotiations at the Draft in a…

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Buyout window officially open; Brad Richards watch begins

As of yesterday at 11pm, the compliance buyout window is officially open. We do know that Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov will be bought out by the Flyers. We know that the Canadiens will be buying out Tomas Kaberle. But right now, that’s all we know. There are rumors that Mike Komisarek will be bought out by Toronto, but that’s…

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Addressing Henrik Lundqvist’s extension comments

After a frustrating end to the Rangers’ season in Boston several days ago, the voracious New York media was bestowed with the “We’ll see” heard round the world.  Henrik Lundqvist’s non-committal response to his future in New York almost imploded the entire hockey media.  Articles were written, page hits were had, and ad revenue rained down on media outlets.  Many…

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