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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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Per Brad Schlossman, the Rangers may be in on undrafted free agent Drake Caggiula out of North Dakota. Josh profiled him here, and is a big-time favorite for him. Caggiula’s scoring has increased every season at UND, culminating with a 25-26-51 senior season. The 5’10”, 185 lb forward is highly sought after.

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May
02

Is Alex Radulov a fit for the Rangers?

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the possibility of the Rangers going after Alex Radulov and I thought this one deserved its own post. I want to make clear that I’m not necessarily advocating for the acquisition of Radulov (or the circumstances under which I’d see it as necessary/prudent – more on that later), but instead fleshing out the potential reasons the Rangers might want to sign the talented Russian winger.

Let’s start with a brief synopsis of the level he’s been playing at since leaving the NHL to go play in Russia. This past season for CSKA Moscow he registered 24 goals and 47 assists in 46 games. While he went 9-25-34 in 34 games played the previous season, the one before that he registered 22 goals and 46 assists in 48 games. At age 29 he’s just about right in his prime, if not towards the back end of it, so it’s a reasonable bet that he would be able to put up around 20 goals in a season with the right linemates.

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