The Rangers have officially replaced both Anton Stralman and Raphael Diaz, signing UFA defensemen Dan Boyle and Mike Kostka. Boyle got two years and $4.5 million per year, with a no-movement clause (relatively pointless). Boyle’s #fancystats aren’t terrible, but he’s been exploited a few times for losing his foot speed. The cap hit isn’t terrible, but the second year might hurt them. At the very least, he will help the powerplay.
Kostka will take Diaz’s place as the #7 defenseman, taking a one-year deal at $650,000.
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 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.
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.