Archive for Transactions
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.
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.