Archive for Signings
The Rangers have agreed to terms with Pavel Buchnevich, a third round pick in 2013 (for real this time). Buch is one of the most highly touted prospects in the Rangers system in a while, and has comparable KHL numbers to Evgeny Kuznetsov and Vladimir Tarasenko, although on the lower end of those trio.
Buch is expected to compete for a roster spot next year, likely on the third line. It’s important to note that even though Buch is incredibly skilled and likely to make the NHL, he is still just a kid. Tarasenko had 8 goals (38 games) in his rookie season, Kuznetsov had 11 in 80 games.
With Buchnevich in the fold, the Rangers can turn their attention to more pressing issues, like how to manage their cap situation with important players hitting some form of free agency. But at least they got this one move right.
Per our very own Josh Khalfin, the Rangers have signed undrafted free agent Michael Joly to an AHL contract. Joly is injury prone but a known scorer, so an AHL deal is a risk free maneuver for the organization. Since this is an AHL deal, it doesn’t count towards the 50 contract max for the Rangers, but also means Joly can’t be a call up to the NHL team under this deal.
In his overage year in the QMJHL, Joly put up a line of 33-30-63 in just 39 games. Joly was also at least a point-per-game player in every season except his first year. His issue has always been health.
Joly will be one of the many new forwards in Hartford this year. The club is expecting significant turnover. While many may look at the deal as a low key move, which it is, there is something a bit bigger at play here. The Rangers are looking at young guys to fill the holes in Hartford, instead of bringing in veterans on NHL deals. That’s right process.
The Rangers have re-signed backup goalie Antti Raanta on a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But they will be available sooner or later. Raanta had a .919 SV% last season and was solid as the backup, so this is a smart move by the team. A solid first step in the offseason plans.
Update: Raanta’s deal is two years at $1 million per season.
The Rangers will continue to add undrafted free agents to the mix, this time signing UFA Swedish forward Malte Stromwall to a two-year entry-level deal. The 21-year-old right-handed forward played with AIK in the SHL last season, putting up a line of 24-17-42 in 49 games, leading his team in goals and points in a notoriously low scoring league.
Stromwall is a bit small (5’10”, 181 lbs), but was a potential draft sleeper in his draft year (2012). For reasons unknown, but I can venture a guess size had to do with it, he was undrafted. By all accounts he is a pretty skilled guy, and a solid add to a relatively depleted farm system.
Stromwall will join the Rangers in camp next season.
The first domino for the Rangers in the undrafted free agent market has fallen, as UMass-Lowell forward Adam Chapie has inked a one-year ELC. Chapie, whose deal is
one year two years because he is 24 years old, completed his senior season with the UM-L Hawks this season, tallying a line of 16-19-35 in 39 games. This is on the heels of his 12-19-31 performance last season.
The report on Chapie is fairly slim. The 6’1″, 185-lb forward was a walk on at Lowell, and played in the NAHL for two years prior. He’s a right-handed shot, which the Rangers sorely need. That’s about it. I would assume that he will get a look in camp next year, but a fair guess would be that he stays in the AHL for a season or two.
Chapie will join Boo Nieves and Steven Fogarty as some of the many new faces expected in Hartford next year.
As expected, the Rangers have signed 2011 third round pick Steven Fogarty to a two-year entry level contract. Fogarty finished up his senior year at Notre Dame with a line of 10-13-23 in 37 games while serving as captain of the Irish squad. Fogarty’s ceiling is likely a bottom-six defensive specialist who wins faceoffs but doesn’t chip in much offensively. Realistically, he could be a nice replacement for Dominic Moore down the road.
As expected the Rangers have signed 2012 second round pick Cristoval “Boo” Nieves to a two year entry level deal. Nieves just finished his senior season at Michigan, the best of his four year career. He put up 10-21-31 in his final season, setting a career high in goals, points, and tying his career high in assists. Nieves is one of two drafted college seniors that the Rangers will likely be signing, as Steven Fogarty (2011-third round) should also be signing shortly.
Per Ryan Kennedy, the Rangers appear to have signed Daniel Paille to an unknown contract. Paille has been in the AHL this season after spending six years with the Bruins. The 31-year-old left wing is a fourth line/depth player, and his role with the team is currently unknown. He could be Jayson Megna’s replacement as the 13F, or he could be an AHL depth signing.
Update: Sean Hartnett reports that Paille is officially a Ranger. His deal is one year at $575,000. It looks like he will be with the club, and not with the Wolf Pack. Steve Zipay is reporting that he will be an AHL depth player. The contract is two-way, paying Paille $110,000 in the AHL.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with 2015 second round pick Ryan Gropp on an entry level deal. Gropp is in his age-19 season in the WHL and has a line of 18-14-32 in 32 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The 6’2″, 188 lb LW was the other prize in the Carl Hagelin deal, and has a rare combination of size, speed, and hands. He’s also a pure shooter, something the organization urgently needs.
Gropp wasn’t supposed to be available when the Rangers selected him at 41st overall, but it’s why they moved up in that Hagelin deal to grab him. His ELC doesn’t start until next season, when he will be 20 years old. He will be eligible for the NHL, AHL, or returned to the WHL that year.
Per NBC Sports, Rangers defenseman Raphael Diaz has signed a five-year deal with EV Zug in Switzerland. Diaz’s deal will start next season, so he will finish out his one-year deal with the Rangers/Wolf Pack. Diaz was slated to be the call up when Kevin Klein went down, but Diaz himself was also hurt. He has spent the entire season in Hartford.