Potential trade target: Riley Nash

In my daily perusing of pending free agents on bad teams, I came across Riley Nash of the Carolina Hurricanes. The 25-year-old center is in the final year of his second contract, one that pays him at a $575,000 cap hit. Basically peanuts. This year is, for all intents and purposes, Nash’s second full pro season. On paper, Nash is…

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LeBrun: Tomas Kaberle to skate/practice with Rangers

Per Pierre LeBrun, UFA defenseman Tomas Kaberle will skate and practice with the New York Rangers. The Rangers are not signing him immediately, but will see how he does and make a decision from that point. This is basically a PTO without any games being played. Kaberle last played in the NHL in the 2012-2013 season, playing 10 games with…

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Friedman: Rangers have interest in Andrej Sekera

Per Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers have expressed interest in Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera. Sekera, a left-handed shot, had a career year last season, putting up 11-33-44 with a poor Hurricanes squad. This season, Sekera has four assists in nine games, but is still on pace for about 40 points. At $2.75 million this season, the Rangers can actually fit…

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Report: Kevin Hayes makes the Rangers

Per BC Hockey Blog, the same blog that broke the news about Chris Kreider signing his ELC (hey, one for one so far), Kevin Hayes has been informed that he has made the opening night roster for the Rangers. Hayes had a strong preseason, and it appears that the injury to Derek Stepan cleared his path to the opening night…

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Report: Anthony Duclair makes opening night roster

Per Blueshirt Banter, citing Jeremy Filosa, Anthony Duclair has made the opening night roster for the Rangers, and it will be confirmed tomorrow. Duclair played in five of the six Ranger preseason games, putting up three goals and two assists while holding his own without the puck. Duclair shot 30% during these five games, so that scoring rate will likely…

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Friedman: Rangers trying to move a contract

Per Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers are trying to dump a contract via trade to make room for Anthony Duclair, should he make the club out of camp. Duclair is playing incredibly well, and the Rangers have nothing to lose by keeping him around as long as he earns it (his ELC clock starts this year regardless). However, since they are…

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Brooks: Marc Staal contract rumors

Per Larry Brooks, the initial negotiations for a Marc Staal contract have begun. Per Brooks, Staal is looking for around $6 million on a 6-7 year deal, while the Rangers are looking to give Staal a Dan Girardi-esque deal: Staal, who will turn 28 in January, is believed to be seeking a six- or seven-year deal in the neighborhood of…

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Rangers “pretty sure” they will have John Moore signed

The lone item remaining on the Rangers to-do list this summer is getting RFA defenseman John Moore under contract for the season. Jeff Gorton, via USA Today, said he is “pretty sure” the Rangers will get him under contract before the season starts: “We like John a lot, just trying to get him signed,” Gorton said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll…

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Conflicting reports on NHL expansion adds fuel to fire

Yesterday, Howard Bloom noted that the NHL was looking to expand to four cities: Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec City, and Toronto (second team). This was not the NHL looking to move a franchise or two, but full-blown expansion to 34 teams by 2017. Las Vegas was actually confirmed by multiple sources, and it makes sense if you read between the lines…

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Quickly addressing these Ryan Malone rumors

In case you missed it, the Rangers blog-o-sphere picked up a story from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune saying the Rangers had been speaking to Ryan Malone. Usually this is something we would post here, but the problem is that the article is from August 21, one day after the Rangers landed Kevin Hayes. The article also explicitly talks…

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