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One of the odder questions this summer was the status of 2014 5th rounder Richard Nejezchleb. He remained unsigned, but was in camp this year. That situation is resolved, as Nejezchleb has signed an AHL deal with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Since it’s an AHL deal, he will not count towards the 50 contract limit, nor will he be able to be called up to the NHL. His rights remain with the Rangers.

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Rangers sign center Jarret Stoll

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The New York Rangers have signed center Jarret Stoll to a one-year, $800,000 deal. Stoll has been a bottom-line center for the LA Kings the past four seasons, with production dropping each year. Last year he put up 6-11-17 with a 51.1% CF in roughly 54% OZ starts. Stoll will likely compete with Tanner Glass, Oscar Lindberg, and Viktor Stalberg for a bottom-six spot on the roster.

This is likely a reclamation project signing, as Stoll has had legal issues in the past, a la Ryan Malone. Stoll recently had his cocaine charges reduced to a misdemeanor.

I’m all for giving people a second chance, and he’s certainly an upgrade on Glass. He’s also very good in the faceoff circle. I haven’t watched much of Stoll, so I unfortunately have to go primarily based on numbers. This is a low-risk signing. At $800,000, he can be buried in the AHL at no cap cost, he’s an upgrade on Glass, and insurance if Lindberg isn’t ready.

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Rangers agree to terms with Derek Stepan

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What a goal this was.

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with RFA center Derek Stepan on a multi-year contract. Per Larry Brooks, it is a six year deal worth $6.5 million per year. This makes Stepan the second highest paid skater on the Rangers (Rick Nash) at just 25 years old. The deal expires when Stepan is 31, so the Rangers are locking up Stepan’s prime years at a relative bargain price. The deal has a no-trade clause for the early years and a no-move clause for the last years.

Stepan put up a career high pace last year, with a line of 16-39-55 in 68 games. Stepan missed the first 14 games of the season with a broken fibula, the first injury of his career that forced him to miss regular season time. When you average that out to 82 games, he was on pace for 19 goals and 66 points.

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Rangers re-sign Mat Bodie

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Jeff Gorton has just one more RFA to re-sign (Derek Stepan), as he has inked RFA defenseman Mat Bodie to a one-year, $575,000 deal. Bodie’s QO was actually abode $900,000, but he took less at the NHL level to gain more of an AHL salary ($80,000, up from $70,000). This is a smart move on Bodie’s part, as he is likely to spend this year in the AHL. The Rangers have seven defensemen at the NHL level, and Dylan McIlrath/Brady Skjei appear to be ahead of him on the depth chart.

Bodie put up 5-27-32 in his first season in the AHL last year. He was signed as an undrafted UFA out of Union College.

Also, worth noting that War-On-Ice has the Marek Hrivik contract details: one year at $575,000. Hrivik also got a nice bump at the AHL level, going from $65,000 to $80,000.

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Jeff Gorton keeps on impressing, signing two more RFAs in Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller. Miller surprised a few by taking his qualifying offer of one year at $874,130. Fast signed a two year deal worth $950,000 per season. which is exactly what I had him pegged at. Gorton’s ability to get both Miller and Etem to sign their QOs should be seen as a tremendous victory, as the Rangers now have ample cap space to get Derek Stepan under contract.

Both Miller and Fast will continue to have significant roles with the team next year.

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Jeff Gorton continues to cross things off his to-do list, this time inking RFA defenseman Dylan McIlrath. The deal is for one-year at $600,000. McIlrath needs to clear waivers this year (as does Lindberg), so this is a definitive “show me” deal. Show me that you can play at the NHL level.

McIlrath, the Rangers oft-criticized 1st round pick in 2010, showed significant improvements last season, but is still viewed by many as a long shot for the NHL. He’s not going to light the lamp, but the Rangers are hoping he can play a decent stay-at-home game while serving as a brutal physical force. Skating will be his biggest issue.

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Rangers re-sign Emerson Etem

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The Rangers have re-signed one of their four NHL RFAs, locking up Emerson Etem to an undisclosed contract. Etem’s qualifying offer was $850,500 for a one year deal, but it is unknown if he accepted that deal (unlikely) or the Jeff Gorton negotiated a two-year bridge deal. I projected Etem to come in around $1 million just this afternoon, so it will be interesting to see what he got.

Etem was acquired at the draft for Carl Hagelin, and has a line of 15-16-31 in 112 games thus far. The former first round pick has a lot of talent, but has yet to put it all together.

Update: Apparently Etem signed his one year qualifying offer, at a cap hit of $850,500. Did not expect that.

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The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with another restricted free agent in Hartford (Marek Hrivik was the first), this time around it was Oscar Lindberg.  Lindberg put up 28-28-56 in 75 games with the Wolf Pack last season, and would have been a call up in the playoffs had Hartford not made a run.

Lindberg is probably Hartford’s best skater, and is a likely front runner for the 12F spot (assuming Tanner Glass is the 13F). Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it will be a relatively cheap contract.

Update: Lindberg’s deal is two years at a $650,000 cap hit.

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Rangers re-sign Marek Hrivik

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The Rangers have re-signed RFA winger Marek Hrivik to an undisclosed contract. Hrivik has played his North American pro career with the Hartford Wolfpack, putting up a line of 12-21-33 last season. The 23-year-old Slovakian winger will likely spend this season in Hartford again.

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Rangers sign forward Luke Adam

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The New York Rangers have signed forward Luke Adam, adding to their AHL forward depth. Adam, a 2nd round pick in 2008, has previous stints with Buffalo and Columbus, spending most of his career in the AHL. His best season was 2011-2012, where he put up 10-10-20 in 52 games. In his 90 career games, he has a line of 15-11-26.

Adam will be AHL depth and injury depth. It is unlikely he sees significant time at the NHL level.

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