Friedman: $1.1 million gap on Derick Brassard contract

Per Elliotte Friedman, RFA center Derick Brassard is requesting $4.95 million in arbitration, while the Rangers have countered with $3.825 million. The gap here is larger than the gap for Chris Kreider’s arbitration numbers, but that isn’t really a barometer. The Rangers have a history of getting their RFAs under contract before arbitration, and this one will hopefully be no…

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Rangers re-sign Chris Kreider

The Rangers have re-signed Chris Kreider to a two-year bridge deal, worth $2.35 million in the first year and $2.6 million in the second year ($2.475 million cap hit). Kreider finally had his breakout season, putting up 17-20-37 in 66 games after being called up early in the season by the Rangers. Kreider also put up 5-8-13 in the playoffs after…

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Rangers re-sign Mats Zuccarello

Sorry we are late here, but you know, life. Anyway, the Rangers have re-signed Mats Zuccarello to a one-year deal at $3.5 million, a bargain that really helps the cap-strapped Rangers. Zucc was the Rangers leading scorer this year on a one-year, $1.15 million deal, one of the best bargains in the NHL. There is some concern about the fact…

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Dreger: Rangers closing in on Lee Stempniak

Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are closing in on a deal with free agent winger Lee Stempniak on a one-year deal. The Rangers struck gold with Benoit Pouliot last season, and are looking to do so again with this signing. Stempniak and Pouliot had similar offensive output and #fancystats are comparable, so this seems like a decent fit for the Rangers….

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Rangers sign forward Matt Lombardi

It appears that the Rangers have signed forward Matt Lombardi to a two-year contract. Injuries really hurt Lombardi’s NHL career, but he put up 20-30-50 in 46 games in the Swiss league last season. His last “full” NHL season was in 2011-2012, when he put up 8-10-18 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. That was two years after his career high…

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Danny Kristo signs qualifying offer

This news broke over the weekend, but 24-year-old forward Danny Kristo signed his qualifying offer, meaning the Rangers will retain his services for at least one more season. Kristo was acquired last summer in exchange for Christian Thomas, and put up 25-18-43 in 65 games with the Wolf Pack last season. Kristo appears to be an offense-only guy, but his…

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Rangers sign forward Nick Tarnasky

The Rangers have signed Nick Tarnasky, a 6’2 225-lb forward. Tarnasky has 245 NHL games under his belt, but hasn’t sniffed The Show since the 2009-2010 season. Since then, Tarnasky has bounced from the AHL to the ECHL to the KHL then back to the AHL. Tarnasky is going to be another depth forward at the AHL level.

Rangers re-sign Jason Missiaen

Per Renaud Lavoie, the Rangers have re-signed RFA goaltender Jason Missiaen to a one-year, two-way deal worth $715,000 at the NHL level. Missiaen bounced between the ECHL and AHL last season, putting up a .919 SV% with the Greenville Road Warriors, but a pretty bad .864 SV% with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Missiaen will serve as organizational depth in the…

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Method behind the Ranger ‘madness’

A successful franchise is well built from the bottom to the top. In the cap era a club needs to develop their own, they need to have a solid pipeline and a competitive minor league affiliate. Prospects need to get into the habit of success and the Rangers’ minor league affiliate hasn’t helped in this regard the past two years…

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Rangers sign Chris Bourque

In an unannounced move made late last night, the Rangers added some more depth in Hartford, signing Ryan Bourque’s brother Chris to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600k at the NHL level.  Bourque has 51 games of NHL experience, and his last role was with the Bruins (18 games). He played in the KHL and Swiss league last year.