Ryan Callahan has re-upped in Tampa Bay on a deal that is 6 years and $5.8 million per year (basically a Dustin Brown contract, shocking). As a part of the trade with Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis, the Rangers will receive TB’s 2nd round pick in 2015, and the Rangers will send a 2015 7th rounder to Tampa Bay. To summarize the now completed trade:
- To New York: Martin St. Louis, 2015 2nd round pick
- To Tampa Bay: Ryan Callahan, 2014 1st round pick, 2015 1st round pick, 2015 7th round pick
Per Pierre LeBrun, the Rangers have officially bought out center Brad Richards. Richards originally signed a nine-year, $60 million contract leading into the 2011-2012 season. Richards played just three years under that contract, and had three productive seasons, putting together a line of 56-95-151 while missing just two regular season games.
Richards acted as the captain of the club during the most recent run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the cap recapture penalty risk was too great, and the Rangers had to make a business decision going forward. The Rangers will miss him, especially in the locker room, but this move was something they had to do.
Richards, who had a no-movement clause, bypassed unconditional waivers and went straight to the buyout. This was a similar move done by Chris Drury.
Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers have signed defenseman Petr Zamorsky out of the Czech Extraliga. The undrafted UFA put together a line of 7-11-18 with 80 PIMs in 44 games this season, and 16-20-36 with 144 PIMs over 118 games in three seasons. Per Corey Pronman, The 5’11, 180 lb defenseman, a right-handed shot, is a good skater who plays solid defense. Pronman says he could be a decent NHLer.
The NHL has reduced Dan Carcillo’s suspension from ten games to six games, following a hearing with Gary Bettman on Friday. Carcillo was originally suspended ten games for abuse of officials. Carcillo has already served three games of his suspension, and would be available for Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals.
This man deserves credit. (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)
When teams make deep runs into the playoffs, the one thing they usually have in common is success from trades made throughout the season. I’m not talking about moves made in the offseason, of which Glen Sather made a few (Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot), I’m referring to in-season moves made after identifying team needs.
The Rangers were no different from any other team. There were significant flaws in the team that were easily identifiable by most either before the season began (toughness/physicality), or something that became apparent as the season went by (right handed defenseman, primary scoring). If it’s something we were identifying here, you can bet your life savings that Slats and company identified it as well.
This is what a good GM does (and yes, Slats is a good GM in the cap era). Slats identified these holes and made three trades in 2014 that addressed each need.
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The Rangers have signed 2013 6th round pick MacKenzie Skapski (per Skapski’s Twitter) and 2012 4th round pick Calle Andersson (per Adam Herman). Skapski plays for the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, and put together a 2.70 GAA and a .916 SV%. The Rangers are very thin on goaltending prospects, and Skapski has some solid potential, so he will be a welcomed addition to the prospect pool. Andersson, a Swedish defenseman, put up a line of 2-10-12 in 43 games in the HockeyAllsvenskan (one tier below the SHL). Andersson has a high ceiling, but is a bit of a project pick.
As expected, John Moore was suspended two games for his high hit on Dale Weise in Game Five. The ruling was that the hit was high, not that it was late. The elbowing call made during the game was obviously wrong (roughing would have been the better call), but the hit itself is almost a carbon copy of the Brandon Prust hit on Derek Stepan. The suspension was expected. Raphael Diaz will likely play in Moore’s spot.
In unsurprising news, Dan Carcillo has appealed his ten game suspension for abuse of officials. Carcillo’s appeal will be heard on Friday by Gary Bettman, per Larry Brooks.
It’s pretty cut and dry in the rulebook about the ten game suspension, so I don’t expect anything to be overturned. Carcillo’s reputation is working against him here, even if it is obvious he was trying to get away from the linesman, and not abuse him.
As expected, John Moore will have a hearing with the NHL for his hit to Dale Weise in the third period. Moore’s hit was almost identical to the Brandon Prust hit on Derek Stepan, but it did not result in an injury to Weise. If Prust got two games, I expect Moore to get the same or less. If he gets more, then there needs to be an investigation into the decision-making process. Here’s the hit:
Update: Sorry, I thought this was confirmed. It has not been confirmed yet, but it is what is expected.
In no surprising news, forward Dan Carcillo has been suspended ten games for abuse of officials following his tirade in the first period of last night’s loss. Carcillo repeatedly bumped the official trying to get loose from him during an altercation. Carcillo appeared to give a few forearm shivers and put the official in danger. This suspension was coming, and we all knew it.
Carcillo was likely coming out of the lineup anyway when Derick Brassard returns anyway. However, this means that the Rangers are down to J.T. Miller and/or Jesper Fast for injury replacements.