Jun
24

Spector: A Cam Talbot trade may require a defenseman

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Mark Spector of Sportsnet is speculating that the Edmonton Oilers are not going to give the Rangers the #16 pick unless a defenseman is included in the trade. This seems to make sense, since the Oilers need a defenseman as well and the Rangers need to shed an additional contract from the blue line. My guess is that the delay is that Slats is either trying to work a bigger deal, or he is trying to squeeze that first rounder out of them.

Spector also notes that Slats prefers not to deal Talbot to Buffalo, since they are “in state.” But the Sabres are in a different division, so I don’t know if that adds up.

In the end, if it’s Talbot alone, I think he nets either a pair of 2nds or a 2nd and a prospect.

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It’s only a matter of time until the Rangers deal Cam Talbot, and the return looks like it’s going to be a slam dunk. Yesterday TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the Blueshirts have already turned down two second-round picks for Talbot, indicating the team believes it can fetch even more for the 27-year-old netminder.

The Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks are rumored to be the three teams most interested in Talbot, with the Oilers believed to be the frontrunner to acquire his services. There’s some debate over whether Edmonton has offered its first-round pick, No. 16 overall, but it’s a fair assumption that the Oilers have at least dangled No. 33 and probably a prospect. There’s also been considerable speculation that Edmonton would consider parting with disappointing 2012 top pick Nail Yakupov given the team’s glut of young forwards. Read More→

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More Cam Talbot stuff from Darren Dreger, who noted that the Oilers offered two second round picks in exchange for the goalie. Update: Sorry, I misunderstood. Dreger said the Oilers were not the team that offered two seconds. But a team did offer it. Glen Sather/Jeff Gorton turned down that offer, and are trying to land a first round pick, the #16 overall, but the Oilers haven’t bitten yet.

Mark Spector thinks that the Oilers are more likely to deal the #33 pick and “something else.” My guess is that this will eventually be settled for the #33 and a forward prospect.

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Jun
23

Salary cap ceiling set to $71.4 million

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The NHLPA announced that the upper limit of the salary cap will be set at $71.4 million for the 2015-2016 season. This is just a $2.4 million increase from last season’s $69 million ceiling. The reason for the small increase is due to the decreasing value of the Canadian Dollar.

The Rangers are in a bit of a crunch with the cap, but should be able to get their RFAs signed if they can move salary. There are other teams (Chicago, LA, Boston) with much more pressing issues.

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Jun
23

The need to address right defense

June 23, 2015, by · Comments (44)
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The New York Rangers defense has been called elite by some, and a disaster by others. The reality of the unit is that it is somewhere in the middle, much like how Suit graded them yesterday. The Rangers seem to be set on the left side. They have a legit top pairing defenseman in Ryan McDonagh, at least two solid top-four in Keith Yandle and Marc Staal, and then, well, it gets fuzzy on the right side.

Starting with Dan Girardi, who appears to be the most divisive topic among Ranger fans later, the Rangers have a player who thrived under John Tortorella’s zone collapse defensive zone style. But under Alain Vigneault, Girardi’s lack of foot speed, poor gap control, and poor positioning have many questioning if he can keep up in a strong side overload/man coverage system. I’ve already suggested that the Rangers consider dropping him from his top pairing role, to mixed reviews.

Dan Boyle was brought in to help the powerplay –at the expense of Anton Stralman, who I needed to mention at least once in this post due to the situation, but will forego mentioning him again– and was relatively unsuccessful. He made the opposition mindful of his presence, and he certainly gave them options, but the results simply were not there.

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Jun
22

Dreger: Rick Nash trade highly unlikely

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Per Darren Dreger, a trade of Rick Nash is highly unlikely. There had been some rumblings that the Rangers were going to move Nash, but it was mostly speculation. Nash has the highest cap hit on a New York Rangers team that needs to clear cap space. However, there are much smarter ways to go about clearing cap space than dealing the team’s top goal scorer. The full video is below.

Dreger also discusses the Cam Talbot sweepstakes in the video. Talbot is discussed around the three-minute mark, Nash at the four-minute mark.

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If you missed the previous posts on round 2 and round 3 targets, be sure to read up on those. As we start getting deeper into the draft, it becomes slightly more difficult to predict when a certain player will be drafted, so some of these kids listed may go as early as the third round, or even later in the draft.

Brad Morrison- To begin my round 4 draft targets will be left handed center Brad Morrison. Players like Morrison can separate the good teams from the bad teams. Finding nice depth players in the middle and late rounds consistently is what has made Tampa, Detroit, and even the Rangers competitors. Morrison won’t be a first line center that will lead the league in points, but he will surely be an important member of a competitive team should he continue to develop.

Morrison really reminds me of Brad Marchand (3rd rounder) and Brendan Gallagher (5th rounder). Morrison is 6’0, 154 lbs and is still growing. He plays a very sneaky, intelligent game but without much flare. This will likely make him an underrated prospect until he shocks people at camp when he is older. He is a nice skater and uses that to his advantage to get open in the OZ, but is most effective on the rush because he can cause that much desired separation from the defenseman. He has quick hands in tight which helps him get some points. His skating is nice and smooth but he can still work on his shot but I feel he will be a player that will have most of his offense come from around the crease.

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Jun
22

Cam Talbot trade watch: Should be traded this week

June 22, 2015, by · Comments (20)

Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are expected to move Cam Talbot this week leading up to the draft. Edmonton has been the overwhelming front runner, but the perceived interest from San Jose, Buffalo, and Dallas has driven his price tag up. I initially had a Talbot trade to Edmonton returning a prospect and Montreal’s 2nd (#57 overall), but Talbot may actually fetch a first round pick.

No matter which way you slice it, the Rangers are going to trade Cam Talbot, which is the right move for the organization and Talbot.

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Jun
22

Rangers final grades: Defense

June 22, 2015, by · Comments (54)
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Back by popular demand, we’ve decided to kick-start our annual player, coaching, and management report cards. As a reminder, these grades aren’t just based on stats, but also the execution of each personnel or player’s respective role within the organization. Obviously there’s some subjectivity here, but that’s what makes these interesting and conversational.

As always, feel free to post your own grades in the comments section below.

Dan Girardi

There’s no way to spin it. Girardi did not have a good season. While his effort was undeniably at a maximum, unfortunately his output was still a career low. This year was his worst statistical (scoring chance differential) season on record. What made matters worse was this came after a subpar performance in the 2014 playoffs.

It’s fair to point out that he may have the team’s toughest task with shutting down opposing stars and getting buried with defensive zone starts (after a whistle). However, he’s paid to break up those dangerous plays in the slot and this year he didn’t do that with any regularity. In general, I thought he just looked a step slower.

At 31 years of age, Girardi may no longer be quick enough to handle the man-on-man/overload defensive zone scheme that AV employs, especially in a top pairing role. More on that later this summer.

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Jun
20

How Zuccarello has changed the Rangers pecking order

June 20, 2015, by · Comments (14)

It’s still amazing to think that just a couple of short seasons ago, Mats Zuccarello was toiling away in the KHL because, well, the Rangers didn’t really want him. At best, they were certainly not convinced by him. Fast forward a few years and Zuccarello is absolutely irreplaceable on a club that harbours annual Stanley Cup hopes.

We all saw how the Rangers struggled to generate consistent offense in the playoffs. Zuccarello’s enforced absence early in the playoffs was almost an instant death knell to the team’s hopes of winning the Cup. It shouldn’t have been the case however.

The Rangers had Rick Nash, they had Marty St Louis in position to step up, they had their trio of young centers all entering the playoffs in good form and they had Chris ‘Mr Playoff’ Kreider. But it didn’t work out as intended. St Louis literally played himself out of a new contract and maybe even out of the league. Nash hasn’t ridden himself of his playoffs demons. So what does it all mean?

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