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Jul
04

Rangers to sign David Desharnais?

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Per Tour Sur Le Hockey (French), the Rangers are looking to bring in David Desharnais to bolster their center depth. No details have been confirmed yet, but it per the report, it should be finalized soon. The 30-year-old center put up 60 points in 2011-2012, but has had his point totals decrease in every season since.

Desharnais has been hampered by injuries over the past few seasons, which has certainly impacted his point totals. His underlying numbers are in line with a good 4C and a bottom-tier 3C, which sounds about right. This would certainly fill the void left by Oscar Lindberg.

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Jun
30

Dreger: Rangers targeting Ondrej Pavelec

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Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are targeting Ondrej Pavelec to fill their backup goaltending void. The former Jet has a pretty bad rep, but has pretty solid numbers at even strength. That leads us to believe there were special teams issues in Winnipeg. That said, the Rangers also had PK issues, and it’s not like the Rangers have a strong blue line.

This is a classic eye test vs. numbers debate with Pavelec. Justin noted solid talent, but inconsistent technique/conditioning. Bad conditioning can be fixed, and Benoit Allaire can fix anyone’s technique. Pavelec will likely need to start 20 games for the Blueshirts, so let’s hope he just needs a change of scenery and some time with a solid goalie coach.

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kevin shattenkirk

Free agency begins tomorrow, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, I have no idea what direction the Rangers are leaning towards. They’ve dealt Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta and bought out Dan Girardi, all in an effort to “rebuild on the fly.” But now there are rumblings that they are interested in Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton. They don’t want to spend big, but have a ton of cap space.

It’s almost impossible to try to figure out what Jeff Gorton is thinking. However a bunch of rumors have at least been made public by the likes of Bob McKenzie, Elliotte Friedman, Larry Brooks, etc. So let’s consolidate them all.

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Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are not done yet. They are going to try to move up even further in the draft, up from the #7 spot acquired earlier this afternoon. They clearly have someone in mind that they don’t think will last to the seventh spot.

Jeff Gorton is making moves, and if he moves up, we are getting into “NHL ready” territory right out of the draft. It may be a weak draft, but the top picks are still top picks.

Considering the needs of the team, I’m intrigued to see what Gorton does. The #7 and #21 picks could be enough to move up.

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Jun
23

Trading Antti Raanta

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After months of speculation, debate and general hand-wringing, we now know that it was Oscar Lindberg who ended up being poached off the Rangers’ roster by the Vegas Golden Knights.  Various options had been “sure things” since the off-season began.  Michael Grabner, Jesper Fast and of course Antti Raanta have been speculated to be joining a newest team in the desert.

It’s Raanta I want to discuss this morning.  The 28-year old Finn had a tremendous year as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup and many feel that he is an interesting trade chip, given the low cost options on the market and Benoit Allaire’s seeming ability to turn your average midtown commuter into a quality NHL backup.  Let’s dive a little deeper into market and trade comparables and see if Raanta is worth moving.

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Jun
21

Brooks: Antti Raanta remains a Ranger

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Per Larry Brooks, goalie Antti Raanta remains a Ranger for the time being. Brooks tweeted out that Raanta was not Vegas’ selection off the Rangers roster for expansion. It’s also widely believed that the Rangers did not strike a deal with Vegas either.

I believe the Rangers will lose a forward in the expansion draft, and I also firmly believe it will be Oscar Lindberg. However a thought did occur to me. I wonder if a young prospect goalie like Mackenzie Skapski intrigues Vegas. He can develop and take over for Marc-Andre Fleury. Could be a dark horse

But still, my money is on Lindberg (there are rumblings of this already).

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Brendan smith

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One of the under publicized storylines of the offseason is what the Rangers plan on doing with Brendan Smith. Smith, acquired at the trade deadline last season, was a solid if unspectacular player for the Rangers down the stretch. He was certainly one of the top three defensemen on the team, and was a rock in the playoffs.

Smith is an interesting player. As a UFA defenseman capable of playing the right side, he’s in high demand. But without a solid scoring line or a reputation as a “shut down defender,” his contributions are tough to measure using traditional methods. What we do know is that Smith is a solid skater who is good in his own end. He has good positioning and doesn’t leave people open in front to deliver a hit. He also doesn’t snow angel often.

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derek stepan

The news came fast yesterday. First came the front office moves. Then came the Matt Puempel extension. Then the Dan Girardi buyout. Then came the next bombshell, as Bob McKenzie noted that Derek Stepan’s name has been “prominent” in trade talks around the league. Now that doesn’t mean Stepan is going to get traded, but McKenzie is not “Rumor Break” or “Hockey Insiderrrrrrrrr” or “NHL Rumors Daily.” When McKenzie says it, it’s legitimate.

With the Girardi buyout, Kevin Klein’s potential retirement, and now the possibility of a Stepan trade, GM Jeff Gorton is making some serious moves to retool this team for a Cup run in Henrik Lundqvist’s window. The Girardi buyout and the Klein retirement save $5.8 million ($2.9 million each) on the cap. As for the Stepan trade, there are several ways Gorton can go, and each option is intriguing.

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Kevin Klein’s retirement would shave $2.9 million from the Rangers’ cap total

Larry Brooks dropped the first of potentially many bombshells yesterday with his report that Kevin Klein is leaning towards retirement from the NHL. Though Brooks cautioned that Klein’s mind is not made up, it sounds like New York might be gifted $2.9 million in cap space at a very opportune time.

Klein only has one year remaining on his pact, but with Rick Nash’s hefty $7.8 million cap hit coming off the books next summer, the Rangers are really only worried about a cap bind in the short term. CapFriendly currently projects New York’s 2017-2018 cap total at $63.8 million, but wiping Klein from the ledger would drop them to $60.9 million of the projected $73 million ceiling.

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In the Unexpected News Of The Day department, Larry Brooks is reporting that defenseman Kevin Klein may actually be leaning towards retirement. Klein has been somewhat of a marvel in New York since arriving, playing solidly through the beginning of this season, and surpassing career highs in points. He earned a reputation for scoring clutch goals in the two seasons before 2016-2017.

Klein has been dealing with some major back issues though, which caused him to miss a good chunk of this season. He was also a healthy scratch through most of the playoffs. It’s unclear if the back issue severely slowed him down, but it was evident that he could not keep up his play and was a liability on the ice. His decline was sharp in the second half of last season, all the way through this full season.

Brooks noted that Klein may continue his career in Europe if he does retire. It’s worth noting that Klein does have a year and $2.75 million ($2.9 million cap hit) left on his deal. Retiring means forfeiting that money. No decision has been made (again per Brooks), but retiring certainly helps the Rangers out.

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