Archive for Transactions
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.
To Buffalo: Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Jason Kasdorf
To Winnipeg: Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia, 2015 1st round pick (lowest pick of the 3 Buffalo has)
This is preliminary, but wow. Both teams did well here. The Sabres basically replaced Myers with Bogo, and since Kane is out for the remainder of the year, don’t sacrifice positioning for a shot at Conor McJesus. The Jets get pieces to help them for their playoff push, plus two solid (middle six) prospects and a first round pick.
In some “uh oh” news, Henrik Lundqvist is unavailable tonight, and is being checked out for something “throat related.” MacKenzie Skapski has been recalled to serve as the backup tonight against the Boston Bruins. Cam Talbot will get the start.
If you want to panic, feel free to in the comments.
The New York Rangers have placed forward Ryan Malone on unconditional waivers. If he clears, the two can part ways and mutually terminate Malone’s deal. Malone has been in Hartford for the majority of the season, so his contract does not count against the Rangers cap. If/when he clears, the Rangers will open up a spot on their reserve list, which was at 50 (I believe). An extra spot gives them more wiggle room at the deadline.
Following up on the report this week, the New York Rangers and defenseman Marc Staal have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension worth $34.2 million ($5.7 million per year). The deal will have a no-move for the first three years, and a limited no-trade for the last three years.
Folks are comparing this to the deal for Dan Girardi, and I disagree. Yes, it’s a big contract for a defenseman that doesn’t contribute much offensively. However Staal brings more to the table than Girardi, at least in my opinion. There will be a post breaking this down coming later this week.
Starting tomorrow, the Rangers will be allowed to sign Mats Zuccarello to a contract extension in accordance with a clause in the CBA that prevents teams from re-signing their players until January 1 after they agreed a one-year pact during the summer.
Zuccarello inked a one-year, $3.5 million deal in July despite interest by both sides in a longer term commitment, but the team had precious little cap space, so there was a general understanding that they would revisit a multi-year deal once the new year hit. The Blueshirts were in a similar situation with Henrik Lundqvist back in 2007-2008, and they worked out a six-year, $41.25 million contract by mid-February.
The decision on Zuccarello’s future is more difficult than it was with The King. The all-time leading scorer amongst Norwegian-born players has admitted that his contract is weighing on his mind, but the Rangers might not be in a hurry to ease those concerns.
Though Zuccarello is a fan favorite and a creative player with outstanding vision, he’s occupying one of the key top-six wing spots that are suddenly very crowded. Rick Nash is a lock for one of those positions going forward, and Chris Kreider will also be given more time to round out his game. Talented youngsters J.T. Miller, Anthony Duclair and Pavel Buchnevich all also figure to be in the mix for permanent jobs going forward. The one wild card is Martin St. Louis.
The 39-year-old winger is still very productive and has made it clear he wants to finish his career in New York, but he’s also set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. One would think the Rangers and St. Louis have an understanding that they’ll reach a series of short deals to keep him on Broadway as long as it’s beneficial for both sides, a la Teemu Selanne in Anaheim over the last several seasons. But St. Louis’ status could have a direct impact on Zuccarello.
Obviously it’s easy to see parallels between the two, starting with their size and extending to their similar roles as playmakers and power play specialists. Zuccarello has the huge advantage of being 12 years St. Louis’ junior, but St. Louis comes with a championship pedigree that is invaluable, especially when you consider the relative youth of the aforementioned wingers that figure to be his teammates moving forward.
Sather could deal Zuccarello before the trade deadline, but the return for an expiring contract isn’t going to be great, especially since Zuccarello figures to be interested in seeing what he could command on the open market if he doesn’t remain in New York. Plus, though some of those young wingers figure to make an impact over the next few seasons, none of them are would match Zuccarello’s contributions for this year’s playoff run.
Sather will likely stew on this decision for the next few weeks before deciding whether to dive into negotiations or pursue a Plan B, but eventually, something has to give.
What do you think the Rangers should do with Zuccarello?