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As expected, Tanner Glass has cleared waivers. Assuming he is sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers will clear $950,000 in much needed cap space. The Rangers will retain a $500,000 cap hit for Glass as a part of the Wade Redden rule.
The Rangers have placed winger Tanner Glass on waivers. Glass appears to have been beaten out by Jarret Stoll for the 13F position, and his $1.45 million cap hit was putting the Rangers in a precarious position. If unclaimed and the Rangers send him to Hartford, the Rangers will only clear $950,000 of his salary on the cap. The Rangers will retain a $500,000 cap hit, per the Wade Redden rule.
In one of those “wtf” moments of the day, the Rangers have placed forward Nick Tarnasky on waivers. Tarnasky was on the training camp roster, but was injured. Injured players cannot be waived. So this is more of a paperwork thing. When Tarnasky clears, he will go to Hartford.
Both Raphael Diaz and Jayson Megna cleared waivers this afternoon, and will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Megna clearing was no surprise, but it is relatively surprising that Diaz cleared. There are a few teams that could use a cheap, capable defenseman –specifically Boston, who is without Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg– but I guess teams want to see what they have internally first.
One of the odder questions this summer was the status of 2014 5th rounder Richard Nejezchleb. He remained unsigned, but was in camp this year. That situation is resolved, as Nejezchleb has signed an AHL deal with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Since it’s an AHL deal, he will not count towards the 50 contract limit, nor will he be able to be called up to the NHL. His rights remain with the Rangers.
Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers have invited former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore to camp on a PTO. Bellemore is a right-handed defenseman that played in 49 games with the Canes last year, putting up 2-8-10. Bellemore was a net-negative possession player, both raw and relative, in Carolina the last two seasons.
The New York Rangers have appointed Chris Drury as the new Director of Player Development. The current Rangers front office page has Jim Sullivan listed as the Director of Player Development, along with a few other titles. My guess is that Drury will just take the development role, and not the other roles Sullivan has.
While Drury’s contract wasn’t great, he has always been a well respected player and was widely regarded as one of the best leaders in the game. It’s nice to see Drury back with the organization.
The New York Rangers have named Steve Greeley as Assistant Director of Player Personnel and Nickolai Bobrov as Director of European Scouting. Greeley was an Associate Head Coach at Boston University for the last two seasons. Per Sean Hartnett, Bobrov was the North American representative for the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg for the last three seasons.
Bobrov replaces Anders Hedberg, who had disappeared from the Rangers front office page this month. This is a clear indication that new GM Jeff Gorton is replacing Glen Sather’s staff with his guys. Standard practice.
The New York Rangers have signed center Jarret Stoll to a one-year, $800,000 deal. Stoll has been a bottom-line center for the LA Kings the past four seasons, with production dropping each year. Last year he put up 6-11-17 with a 51.1% CF in roughly 54% OZ starts. Stoll will likely compete with Tanner Glass, Oscar Lindberg, and Viktor Stalberg for a bottom-six spot on the roster.
I’m all for giving people a second chance, and he’s certainly an upgrade on Glass. He’s also very good in the faceoff circle. I haven’t watched much of Stoll, so I unfortunately have to go primarily based on numbers. This is a low-risk signing. At $800,000, he can be buried in the AHL at no cap cost, he’s an upgrade on Glass, and insurance if Lindberg isn’t ready.