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).
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Henrik Lundqvist has signed a 7 year extension worth $8.5M per year. This should put any doubts about who the number 1 goalie is to rest, as Hank now becomes the highest paid goalie in the NHL. The raise is a modest $1.75 million from his current contract, so the cap hit, while large, is manageable.
Lundqvist, who turns 32 in March, has a contract that will pay him $1.5 million more than the previously highest paid goalies Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask. This is also the largest contract ever given to a goalie, and will likely remain the largest contract ever given to a goalie. Hank had the rare scenario of All-World talent, a team that desperately needs him, and a team with the means necessary to keep him. Plus, no goalie will be topping $8.5 million any time soon.
This season, Lundqvist has posted a 2.51 GAA and a .917 SV%, a far cry from his career numbers of 2.26 GAA and .920 SV%. But those numbers are misleading thanks to two games in California. Hank’s November stats: 2.27 GAA and .924 SV%. Much more in line with his career numbers.
According to Elliotte Friedman, Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal. The value is estimated in the $6.5 million range, but is yet unconfirmed. Looks like Sather got his bridge deal, after all. Welcome back Step, now get to work.
The Pack added another depth forward today, signing Andrew Rowe to an AHL contract. Rowe went undrafted out of Michigan State, and landed with the Flyers organization (Philadelphia Phantoms) in 2010. Rowe bounced around the AHL and ECHL for two years while with the Flyers organization, with the ECHL time spent with the Greenville Road Warriors (Rangers ECHL affiliate). Rowe has 94 AHL games (15-9-24) and 78 ECHL games (35-45-80) under his belt.
Rowe will be a depth player for the Wolfpack. Since this is an AHL deal, he does not count towards the 50-contract limit for the Rangers.
The Wolfpack continue to add defensive depth, this time inking three-year pro Brendon Nash to an AHL deal. Nash has appeared in 128 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal’s system) and San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers system), putting up a line of 11-38-49. Nash has also appeared in a pair of NHL games with the Canadiens without registering a point. The 6’3, 206 lb defenseman (left-handed shot, 26 years old) was a graduate of Cornell before joining the Canadiens farm system in 2010.
Since this is an AHL deal, Nash does not count against the 50 contract limit and cannot be called up to the Rangers. Expect Nash to compete for a top-six role in Hartford.
The Wolfpack continue to add depth. Just one day after signing Charlie Dodero, the Pack has added another defenseman in Mike Marcou. Marcou spent four seasons at UMass Amhearst before playing most of last season with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors (putting up 6-19-25 in 58 games). Greenville is the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate, so there won’t be much of a difference for the 23-year old defenseman. The 5’11”, 180-lb Marcou is also a local boy, from Kings Park out on Long Island.
Just a note: The reason why this signing, along with Dodero’s and Jeff Malcom’s don’t show up in Capgeek is because these are AHL deals. They do not count against the 50-contract reserve list. These guys will not appear in the NHL while they are under AHL only deals.