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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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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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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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Pavel Buchnevich

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As expected, Pavel Buchnevich will be coming to North America for next season, per Buchnevich, one of the Rangers’ third round picks in 2013, is the most highly touted prospect the organization has had in a while. His point totals in Russia put him a notch below guys like Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Many hoped that Buchnevich would join the Rangers for a playoff run, like Chris Kreider did in 2012, however this is a different case. The Rangers were thin at forward that year, and Kreider was ready to jump right in. This year, the Rangers don’t have any openings, and it makes sense for them to keep a year on Buchnevich’s ELC.

I am under the assumption that April Fool’s Day does not exist in Russia, and that this news is legitimate, however I reserve the right to be fooled by this news.

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Trade Deadline Open Thread

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The 2016 trade deadline is today at 3pm. There have already been a few moves, two by the Rangers. The Rangers sent Aleksi Saarela and a pair of second rounders to Carolina for Eric Staal, and then sent Ryan Bourque to Washington for the non-musician Chris Brown. They also returned Marek Hrivik to Hartford. Around the league, there were a few other moves made yesterday. I will be updating this thread with trades made, Rangers moves bolded.

  • Kings acquired Kris Versteeg from Carolina for prospect Valentin Zykov and a conditional 5th rounder.
  • The Caps acquired Daniel Winnik and a 2016 5th rounder from Toronto for Brooks Laich, prospect Connor Carrick, and a 2016 2nd round pick.
  • Arizona acquired Sergei Plotnikov from Pittsburgh for prospect Matthias Plachta and a conditional 7th round pick.

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Yost: Rangers in on Brandon Pirri

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Naturally, there is a lot going on today. Per Travis Yost, the Rangers are in on Brandon Pirri of the Florida Panthers (11-13-24 in 52 games). The rumored asking price is a second round pick for the 24-year-old winger. Pirri isn’t a strong possession player, despite favorable matchups, but he’s certainly cheaper in terms of trade value and cap hit.

I’m ok with a move like this over something like a blockbuster for Eric Staal. What I can see the Rangers doing is both trades, landing Staal at the cost of a roster player, opening up room to move a player down when Pirri comes on board.

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Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers and Hurricanes are hard at negotiations for Eric Staal, but the breaking point for both teams seems to be the inclusion of a first round pick. The Rangers refuse to give one up –likely in 2017, as Arizona owns their 2016 pick– while the Canes are adamant about including one.

It’s good that the Rangers won’t give one up, but considering the rumored asking price of “a young roster player, a high pick, and a prospect” it is alarming that the Rangers have agreed, at least in principle, on the young roster player. I’m not a big fan of deleting a young, cost controlled player for the sake of a rental, especially with how inconsistent this club has been. But that’s just my two cents.

It seems this is going to happen at some point, and the cost is what should scare many.

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About those Eric Staal rumors…

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Staals are brothers

Over the past week or so, members of the mainstream media just cannot get enough of the “Eric Staal to the Rangers” rumors. To be honest, it’s gotten a bit out of control. These rumors seem to neglect a number of factors that make this type of trade improbably, but hey, anything can happen, right? Let’s take a look at some of the basics and see how hard we have to squint to see a legitimate fit here.

First, on Staal’s contract. He is in the final year of his seven year/$57.75 million contract he signed back in 2009. Staal’s cap hit is $8.5 million ($9.5m actual salary) and he will play this year finishing out his age 31 season. If Staal was to be traded for on deadline day, his remaining cap hit would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.92m. The Rangers are believed to have about $4.83 million of cap space on deadline day.

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