Archive for Transactions
The Rangers have recalled defenseman Chris Summers from the AHL to fill in for the injured Matt Hunwick this afternoon. Summers was an extra body acquired in the Keith Yandle deal. He has an assist in ten games with the Hartford Wolf Pack. He will likely be a temporary fill in until Hunwick returns.
The New York Rangers have returned goaltender Mackenzie Skapski to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Skapski was called up in February to be the backup to Cam Talbot while Henrik Lundqvist was injured. Skapski played two games, both against the Buffalo Sabres, allowing one goal and recording a shutout.
This means Lundqvist is ready to return.
The New York Rangers have signed 2013 third round pick Adam Tambellini to a three-year entry-level contract. Tambellini, currently with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, has a line of 45-34-79 in 65 games this season as an overager. With Anthony Duclair now in Arizona, Tambellini is one of the better forward prospects in the system, with a good blend of size and skill.
Tambellini left the University of North Dakota halfway through last season to join the Hitmen. In the NCAA, Tambellini had a line of 2-2-4 in 16 games. In the 31 games with Calgary that season, he had a line of 17-22-39.
Tambellini will join the Hartford Wolf Pack next season, where he will likely need at least a year (probably more) before hopefully pushing for a spot on the NHL roster.
The New York Rangers and Mats Zuccarello have finalized a contract extension that will keep Zuccarello in New York. Zucc will get $4.5 million per year for the next four years, a modest raise and, more importantly, a discount for the Rangers. Zuccarello has a no-trade in his first year, but nothing thereafter.
Make no mistake, Zuccarello was going to get $5 million or more on the open market. He took a discount to remain with the club. He has been a top-line producer for some time now, and a must-keep for the Rangers.
Well yesterday sure was exciting, wasn’t it?
Glen Sather got busy, doing all of his work and saving us a little bit of stress for today’s 3pm NHL trade deadline. Slats’ first deal was his biggest, acquiring Keith Yandle from Arizona in exchange for John Moore, highly touted prospect Anthony Duclair, a 1st round pick in 2016, and a 2nd round pick in 2015. The Rangers also got a 2015 4th round pick and defenseman Chris Summers (AHL). Arizona retained half of Yandle’s salary ($2.625 million).
After that, the Rangers cleared roster and cap space by sending Lee Stempniak to Winnipeg for minor leaguer Carl Klingberg. The space was cleared to make room for San Jose’s James Sheppard, whom the Rangers acquired in exchange for a 2016 4th round pick (their own, not Arizona’s).
Per Bob McKenzie, the New York Rangers have acquired forward James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 4th round draft pick in 2016. Sheppard is a left-handed center (who can play LW) that is a great shot suppressor and plays a solid defensive game. He has a line of 5-11-16 for San Jose this year.
A shutdown line of Sheppard-Moore-Fast is a great fourth line that can be a one of the best shot suppressing lines in the game.
Per Bob McKenzie, the New York Rangers have traded forward Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets for winger Carl Klingberg. Klingberg has 2 NHL games this season, while Stempniak was a useful bottom line/extra forward. This comes on the heels of the Keith Yandle trade and the rumored Mats Zuccarello extension. One thing’s for sure: Glen Sather is active.
This trade has massive implications for both the short and long term folks. Sit tight and hope for a cup this summer.
Glen Sather certainly isn’t gun shy. In a stunning move Sunday afternoon the Rangers have acquired Arizona Coyotes offensive defenseman Keith Yandle and in return have sent arguably the best prospect in the system, Anthony Duclair, defenseman John Moore and a 2016 1st round pick back to the Coyotes. As part of the deal and to make it cap workable, the Coyotes have retained 50% of the Yandle contract while the Rangers also receive Chris Summers (2006 first round pick and defenseman) in the trade.
The New York Rangers have called up forward Oscar Lindberg for tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames, per Swedish media. There have been reports of multiple Rangers battling the flu, and this call up is a sign that at least one forward is out for tonight’s game. Earlier this month, we speculated that it might be time to give Lindberg a shot, and it looks like he is finally getting that opportunity.
There is still no word on which Ranger is out tonight.
First a quick admin note, there won’t be a goal breakdown for last night’s game. Naturally, I spent the day with my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day, and she takes precedence over the Rangers. Yea, I said that. So you can use this to discuss the game.
Also, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2015 first round pick, prospect Brandon Leipsic, and Olli Jokinen (throw in for money issues). This trade works out for both teams, as NSH gets serious forward depth in Santorelli, and Franson will help them deal with the injury to Ryan Ellis.
Toronto gets a first rounder, and a close to NHL ready prospect. They weren’t getting more than a first rounder for Franson, and then flipping Santorelli for Leipsic makes sense, as Leipsic is likely worth more to the Leafs than a late second round pick.
For the New York Rangers, this means Santorelli is off the board, as they were interested. Since he was certainly cost effective, it may mean looking off the board at someone we haven’t heard about yet.
It must stink to be Jokinen though, going from Nashville to Toronto. Ouch.