Per Capgeek (s/t to Kevin Power of Blueshirt Banter for the tip), the Rangers have signed OHL defenseman Troy Donnay to a three year entry level deal. Donnay, an undrafted free agent, participated in Rangers prospect camp this year following his third year in the OHL. The 19-year-old Donnay played for the Erie Otters, registering a goal and seven assists over the full season while serving as the alternate captain. His -39 is scary, but Erie was just awful this year.
The 6’7, 185 lb defenseman is not known for his offensive skills, but has decent skating ability for someone of his size. He doesn’t have a big mean streak yet, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a physical player. With most teenagers, he needs to bulk up before he can become an effective player. He will likely return to the OHL for at least one more season.
Per Darren Dreger, he Rangers and Mats Zuccarello avoided their arbitration hearing, and have agreed on a one-year, $1.15 million contract. Zuccarello and the Rangers were set to go to arbitration tomorrow. The $1.15 million for Zuccarello represents a raise, but not as large of a raise as expected. Many, myself included, assumed he would get in the $1.5 million range. The extra money saved goes a long way to getting Derek Stepan under contract.
Wolfpack GM Jim Schoenfeld added to the goalie depth of the organization by signing Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm to an AHL deal. Malcolm was a key piece for Yale as they made their Cinderella run to the NCAA Championship. In 30 games this past season, Malcom went 20-6-2 with a 2.24 GAA and a .919 SV%. The 6’2, 185-lb goalie will compete with Cam Talbot, Jason Missiaen, and Scott Stajcer for the goalie spots in the AHL and ECHL.
Slats is busy today, locking up another RFA this afternoon. Per Larry Brooks, the recently acquired Justin Falk has signed with the Rangers on a one-year deal worth $975,000. Falk, who will likely serve as the seventh defenseman, was acquired for Benn Ferriero in June.
With the Falk signing, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello are the only two remaining RFAs that need to be signed.
The Rangers have ticked off another item on their to-do list this summer, locking up RFA winger Carl Hagelin to a two-year deal with a $2.25 million cap hit per season. This is a significant raise on his $875,000 cap hit from last season, but still represents the standard bridge contract that Slats has been giving his RFAs following ELC expiry. The lone exceptions to the bridge contract rule have been Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal.
In 112 games with the Rangers over two seasons, putting together a line of 24-38-62 while being the club’s best puck possession driver. With Hagelin signed, the Rangers have $4.3 million in cap space to lock up Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello. However, the Rangers can spend up to $70 million with the summer cap, and the number includes the recently waived Arron Asham ($1 million) and Darroll Powe ($1.06 million).
The Rangers made their most important signing of the summer today in re-signing Ryan McDonagh for 6 years at an annual cap hit of $4.7M (per Larry Brooks). With this deal in the books, Rangers fans can breathe a little easier today knowing that our franchise defensemen is now locked up for another six years.
Many figured McDonagh would get a deal similar to that of Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, who resigned at 4 years/$3.3M per and 5 years/$3.9M per respectively. However, terms and cap hits are hard to compare across years when team salary caps fluctuate year-to-year, not to mention agents generally use recent signings as benchmarks to set the market.
Last month, Dave used Nashville’s Roman Josi’s new contract (7/$28M) as a starting point to triangulate McDonagh’s next deal. All told, he wasn’t far off. Ryan is currently 24 years old. The UFA age is still set at 27 years old, so this deal bought up three UFA years, which obviously moves the cap hit a bit further north. Overall, this is a very good deal for both sides.
With McD locked up longterm, the Rangers will now shift their emphasis to Derek Stepan. Here’s where Dave thought that contract could net out.
This is a bit late, but the Rangers have inked forward Benoit Pouliot to a one year, $1.3 million deal. Pouliot has been one of the top P/60 guys in the league over the past few years, and was at 2.44 P/60 last season. He will serve as a depth forward to provide tertiary scoring. In the grand scheme of things, having a guy that can put up over 2.0 P/60 for less that $2 million is a solid signing.
The Rangers also signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one year, $600,000 deal. Johnson is likely depth defense and will play in Hartford this season.
Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have signed center Dominic Moore to a one-year contract worth $1 million. You may remember Moore played with the Blueshirts in 2005-2006. Moore sat out last season as a result of his late wife’s battle with rare liver cancer. Moore was someone we talked about signing before last season kicked off. Welcome back Dominic.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with 2011 5th round draft pick Sam Noreau. The big defenseman (6’5, 223 lbs) just finished his fourth season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL, where he put together a line of 7-25-32 in 66 regular season games, and 2-1-3 in 15 postseason games. Through his four years in the Q, Noreau had a line of 18-45-63 in 225 games.
Noreau is one big dude and improved greatly as his years progressed. This season, he served as BAC’s top shutdown defenseman and alternate captain. Like many big defenseman, Noreau needs to work on his skating, but this signing shows how much the kid progressed since his draft year.
The Rangers still have not signed fellow 2011 draftees Shane McColgan (5th) and Peter Ceresnak (6th), and it is unlikely they will do so before the deadline tomorrow, which means they will re-enter the draft.
Just one day after signing an ATO with the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers have agreed to terms with undrafted UFA forward Michael Kantor. The 6’1, 200 lb RW just completed his over-age season with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, where he put together a line of 20-13-33 and 93 PIMs in 56 games. Throughout his OHL career with Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Saginaw, Kantor put together a line of 43-51-94 with 420 PIMs and a -1 rating in 197 games.