Archive for Signings
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.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with Kayleigh Peterson on a one-day contract, making her a player for the day. The terms of the deal are straight forward, as Kayleigh will be a Ranger as long as she smiles and has a good time. I’m sure I speak for all the BSB writers when I say we look forward to seeing her out there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.