Apologies for the delay on this one. Yesterday was one of those rare days where all of us got dumped on at work, and none of us could post on this.
The Rangers signed undrafted free agent defenseman Mat Bodie out of Union College yesterday, just days after leading his team to a National Championship. As a senior at Union, Bodie put up a line of 8-31-39 in 40 games. In his college career, Bodie put together a line of 28-96-124 in 154 games, impressive numbers for a kid who entered college at 6’0 and 165 lbs.
His size is why he went undrafted, but Julie Robenhymer notes that he is at least 15 pounds heavier since he entered college. Chris Peters, one of the best US hockey bloggers out there, compared him to Torey Krug of the Bruins.
Bodie’s signing adds a true offensive defenseman to the prospect pool for the Rangers. With Bodie, Conor Allen, Brady Skjei, and Dylan McIlrath in the system, the Rangers have done quite the job of restocking their defensive prospects after seeing so many graduate to the NHL.
One day after adding Chris McCarthy to an ATO for the remainder of the season, the Wolf Pack have signed defenseman Justin Baker to an ATO. Baker, a 6’2″, 190-lb defenseman out of St. Lawrence University of the ECAC, is coming off a year where he was tied for the team lead in points with a line of 9-24-33 in 38 games. Over his four year career, the undrafted free agent has put together a line of 19-63-82 in 143 games.
The Hartford Wolf Pack have announced that they have signed forward Chris McCarthy to an amateur tryout, allowing the forward to play in the Pack’s final eight regular season games. McCarthy was recently signed to an entry level deal by the Rangers on Monday, but the deal kicks in for the 2014-2015 season. The original deal would not have allowed McCarthy to play until next season. The ATO allows him these eight games.
The Rangers have announced that they have signed undrafted free agent forward Chris McCarthy, out of the University of Vermont , per Seth Rothman. The 22-year-old –and right handed shooting– forward finished his senior season with a line of 18-24-42 in 38 games. McCarthy’s point production improved each year, and he finished his five year stay with Vermont with a line of 46-68-114 in 150 games.
The Hartford Wolf Pack have signed forward Nick Latta of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting to an Amateur Tryout. The 20-year-old Latta led Sarnia in goal scoring this year with a line of 38-28-66 in 65 games. His 66 points was good for third on the team. The 6’1″, 195-lb forward has seen steady improvement in his play and in his production since joining Sarnia in the 2010-2011 season.
The Rangers have announced that they have signed prospect Ryan Graves (2013 – 4th round) to an entry level contract. The 6’4″, 220 lb defenseman has a line of 5-17-22 in 65 games in the QMJHL, split between the Charlottetown Islanders and the Val d’Or Foreurs. Graves has made major strides this season, which is what the Rangers look for when signing their draft picks.
While we were away for the server upgrade, the Rangers made a few moves that we couldn’t post about. Naturally, the news came about two hours after we shut it down, so I’d like to thank the Rangers for their impeccable timing. I kindly ask that from now on, you wait until we are no longer in a server upgrade to announce news*.
*-Considering this will likely be our first and only server upgrade, you can pretty much ignore that.
Anyway, the Rangers signed undrafted free agent Ryan Haggerty out of RPI on Wednesday following a very impressive junior year. In 35 games, the 6′, 180-lb forward put up a line of 28-15-43 with 42 PIMs. Haggerty has improved his scoring in each of his three years at RPI, and was a former teammate of 2011 first round pick J.T. Miller when they were with the USNDT in 2010-2011. Haggerty.
Haggerty was not on the reserve list for the Rangers, so he is ineligible to play for the team in the playoffs. He also missed the AHL’s Clear Day, which means he can’t play for the Hartford Wolf Pack either. Capgeek doesn’t have any information on the contract yet, but I’d venture a guess that this is a deal that starts next season, not this year, to avoid burning a year of his ELC.
Update: Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers and Girardi have agreed on a six-year deal worth $5.5 million, keeping Girardi on Broadway until he turns 36 years old. Per Pierre LeBrun, Girardi’s deal has a full no-movement clause for the first three years, and a modified no-trade clause the last three years.
Original Post: Per John Shannon of Sportsnet, the Rangers and defenseman Dan Girardi are closing in on an extension to keep the soon to be 30-year-old defenseman in New York for the foreseeable future. Girardi is rumored to want a six-year deal worth $5.5 million per year, which puts him right at where I estimated for the 2014-2015 payroll. The Rangers were countering with one of two deals: A six-year deal at $5 million per year or a five-year deal at $5.5 million per year.
Girardi’s current deal, which came with a $3.325 million cap hit, expires at the end of the season.
Thursday: LeNeveu cleared waivers, and will report to Hartford.
Wednesday afternoon: As expected, this was a one day thing for LeNeveu. He’s on waivers today, to be reassigned to Hartford if he clears.
Wednesday morning: This happened yesterday before the loss to the Isles, and the game/storm kept us from really posting about it until now. In response to their need for a backup goalie last night, the Rangers signed David LeNeveu, who was on an ATO with Hartford, to a one-year, two-way contract. LeNeveu will serve as the backup to Cam Talbot while Henrik Lundqvist is out with the flu.
LeNeveu was actually Ranger property once before, when he was acquired with Frederik Sjostrom, Josh Gratton, and a 5th round pick (Roman Horak) for Al Montoya and Marcel Hossa. Interesting fact: Horak was sent to Calgary in a deal for Tim Erixon, and Erixon was sent to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade. So, LeNeveu is tied to this Ranger team in more ways than one.
The signing puts the Rangers at 48 contracts (max of 50). This is a minor signing, but it really does illustrate the lack of goaltending depth in the farm.
Sorry for missing this yesterday, but in preparations for the storm I missed this signing. The Rangers signed 2013 3rd round pick –and big time talent– Anthony Duclair to an entry level deal yesterday. Duclair is the first Rangers draft pick from 2013 to sign a deal, although that comes as no surprise. Duclair was a huge talent headed into the draft, but questions about work ethic and declining production caused a slide to the third round. This year Duclair has been on fire, with a line of 31-26-57 in just 37 games.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed at the moment (first year of the deal is likely 2014-2015), but the 18-year-old will not count towards the 50 contract limit until he hits the AHL (minimum age: 20 years old).