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From enemies to frenemies?

From enemies to frenemies?

The Rangers seem to be one of a few teams inquiring about free agent winger Matt Martin, per Arthur Staple. Martin is set to walk away from the Islanders, as they have given way too much money to Casey Cizikas to keep one of their other fourth liners in the fold.

As for Martin, the price tag is uncertain at the moment, but assuming it’s a decent price –under $1.2 million for the cap-strapped Rangers– then he’d be a viable replacement for Tanner Glass.

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Vanek (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Vanek (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers intend on touching base with Thomas Vanek, recently bought out by the Minnesota Wild, on a one-year deal. The Wild bought out the final year of Vanek’s deal that would have paid him $6.5 million. It wasn’t that Vanek wasn’t productive, 18-23-41 last season, it’s that Minnesota needed the space.

Vanek on a one-year deal is something I can see the Rangers doing if they are indeed clearing room for Steven Stamkos. In this scenario, Rick Nash likely needs to be traded to clear the room, and Vanek is someone who could –at least in the extremely short term– try to fill that gap.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for this scenario, as Nash is still the superior player to Vanek. But in this scenario where Stamkos appears to be the target, looking at Vanek would be the next logical step on offense.

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Stamkos

Per John Shannon and Elliotte Friedman on the NHL Network broadcast, the Rangers will be heavy players for Steven Stamkos. The salary cap is going to be a problem, and even with the summer cap the Rangers will need to clear space. But both Shannon and Friedman said that Stamkos will be presented with a big offer from Rangers brass when the negotiating window opens after the draft.

We’ve discussed Stamkos a lot, and while he is a big upgrade on the powerplay, he produces the same at even strength as Derek Stepan. Stamkos will require a huge contract, something that may not be a smart idea for the Rangers.

If the Rangers land Stamkos, they will need to trade a lot of cap space. Stepan, Marc Staal, probably Rick Nash. Remember, they need to sign their RFAs as well.

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Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers are trying to move both Marc Staal and Dan Girardi.

This is certainly an interesting development, as all signs had pointed to one, if not both of them staying. Both are signed to long term deals with big cap hits and no-move clauses, but both carry name brand value.

This could be an interesting draft.

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Stamkos vs. Stepan. Who wins?

Stamkos vs. Stepan. Who wins?

One of the more prominent rumors to come out of the weekend is that the Rangers are clearing salary in an attempt to go after Steven Stamkos. Since the source of the rumor hasn’t necessarily been right on much –Malkin to the Kings?– it’s something worth discussing, as the Rangers would need to create a spot at center for Stamkos. That means moving Derek Stepan.

When you hear the names, you think that these two aren’t even in the same ballpark. And if this were five years ago, you’d be right. That was when Stamkos put up three straight years of at least 45 goals (51, 45, 60) from 2009-2012. Since then, his goal totals have been 29, 25, 43, 36. Point totals 57, 40, 72, 64. Solid numbers, but not “blown away” numbers.

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Per The Score, the Rangers have not had any contract talks with UFA defenseman Keith Yandle. Yandle was acquired from Arizona in a trade that cost the Rangers Anthony Duclair and a first round pick this year. Yandle was easily the Rangers best puck mover last season, which is critical as the league moves more towards mobile puck movers on the blue line. Yandle was also the only player that could be paired with a one-legged Dan Girardi and still function somewhat normally.

This likely means that Yandle is a goner, something we’ve been expecting for some time now.

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Twitter broke last night when Larry Brooks published his article with his latest in Rangers rumors. Brooks is the only beat writer with real sources, even if he is about 50/50 on what he breaks. This time around, what he broke was a series of absolute doozies that rocked Rangers Twitter last last night.

Brooks’ first bomb was that the Rangers have no plans to buy out struggling defenseman Dan Girardi. They also have no plans to ask him to waive his no-move clause either. We’ve spoken at length on Girardi, and you know where we stand. But I do want to point out that you can want certain players traded for the benefit of the team and still be a fan of that team.

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May
25

Why chasing Stamkos would be a mistake

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Steven Stamkos will likely command in excess of $10 million this summer

Steven Stamkos will likely command in excess of $10 million this summer

Sportsnet’s John Shannon lit a match next to a can of gasoline when he sent this tweet on Saturday:

Does the idea of dumping a bunch of salary via trade only to immediately reinvest a mega deal in another free agent sound familiar to anyone else?

On June 30, 2009 the Blueshirts shipped Scott Gomez and his remaining $33.5 million to Montreal. The very next day those short-lived savings were spent on Marian Gaborik, who inked a five-year, $37.5 million deal. Read More→

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May
06

2016 BSB Off-Season Plan Contest

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Jeff, who?

Jeff, who?

Well, here we are. It’s May 6th and the Rangers are no longer playing hockey games. I’m sure it still stings for many of you (us). Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen frustration and venting in the comments section. Lamenting decisions from both the coaching staff and management are perfectly natural as we process the death of another chance to bring the ultimate prize to Broadway.

Fear not, BSB faithful, we are here to help. The upside to an early exit is we get to implement the BSB Offseason Plan Contest a few weeks earlier this year.   It seems like it will be a really fun year to do it, too. For those of you unfamiliar, we have run this little exercise for the past few years (save for 2014-2015, as they were just playing hockey for too damn long to make the timing work). Basically, you get to play GM of the New York Rangers. Read More→

Per Richard Labbe of La Presse (s/t to Hugo for the tip), head coach Alain Vigneault received a vote of confidence from management, and was told the team wants him back next year. This isn’t much of a surprise, as one bad outing usually doesn’t cost a coach his job.

That said, Vigneault’s leash is almost certainly shorter, as “his guys” got steamrolled throughout the season. Changes are needed on the ice, but these changes begin off the ice. But don’t be expecting any coaching changes this year.

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