Archive for Irresponsible Rumormongering
Over the past two weeks, the Rangers have “been linked” –in quotes for a reason– to a pair of rumors. The first is that they are keen on landing UFA forward Curtis Glencross. Glencross, coming off a four-year deal that paid him $2.55 million per season, is seen as someone who can add forward depth to the Rangers at a discount price. The thing is, the Rangers added their cheap depth forward in Viktor Stalberg, and are content letting Oscar Lindberg take the final spot on the roster. Since Tanner Glass is the 13F, there’s enough depth for 14F and beyond in Hartford that signing Glencross isn’t necessary. He is an upgrade on Glass though.
The other is that the Rangers are inexplicably trying to move Keith Yandle. This made little sense when the Rangers were in cap trouble, and makes even less sense now that the entire team is signed and they still have a shade more than $850,000 cap space. The Rangers didn’t deal a first round pick and their best prospect to keep Yandle for half a season. This one is just silly.
As Josh pointed out, the most likely move for the Rangers is to bring in a guy or two on a PTO. Perhaps Glencross is one of them. Beyond that, the Rangers will go to camp with what they have. The rest of the roster decisions will play out depending on camp performance.
Apparently the Florida Panthers were only rumored to have offered Jimmy Hayes for Cam Talbot. That is not confirmed. What appears to be confirmed is their offer of a pair of 3rd rounders and a 5th rounder for Talbot:
– The Florida Panthers offered two third-round draft picks and a fifth-rounder for New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot, but finished runner-up in that chase to the Oilers. The Panthers may have been offering restricted free-agent forward Jimmy Hayes, whose brother Kevin plays in New York, too. “I guess they wanted Cam to play out west,” said Florida GM Dale Tallon.
The Rangers got a 2nd, 3rd, and 5th for Talbot, which is a better deal than what Tallon had on the table. The whole Jimmy Hayes stuff is still unfounded rumormongoring.
As for the Rangers prospect camp, here is the roster:
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.
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.
It’s only a matter of time until the Rangers deal Cam Talbot, and the return looks like it’s going to be a slam dunk. Yesterday TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the Blueshirts have already turned down two second-round picks for Talbot, indicating the team believes it can fetch even more for the 27-year-old netminder.
The Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks are rumored to be the three teams most interested in Talbot, with the Oilers believed to be the frontrunner to acquire his services. There’s some debate over whether Edmonton has offered its first-round pick, No. 16 overall, but it’s a fair assumption that the Oilers have at least dangled No. 33 and probably a prospect. There’s also been considerable speculation that Edmonton would consider parting with disappointing 2012 top pick Nail Yakupov given the team’s glut of young forwards. Read More→
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.
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.
Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are expected to move Cam Talbot this week leading up to the draft. Edmonton has been the overwhelming front runner, but the perceived interest from San Jose, Buffalo, and Dallas has driven his price tag up. I initially had a Talbot trade to Edmonton returning a prospect and Montreal’s 2nd (#57 overall), but Talbot may actually fetch a first round pick.
No matter which way you slice it, the Rangers are going to trade Cam Talbot, which is the right move for the organization and Talbot.