Archive for Aaron Voros
This news broke yesterday, but here’s the press release:
WHALE SIGN FORWARD AARON VOROS TO PTO
Eighth-year Pro Brings 162 Games of NHL Experience
HARTFORD, November 16, 2011: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Whale has signed forward Aaron Voros to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.
Voros, a 6-4, 210-pound eighth-year pro, skated in 12 NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks last season, going scoreless with 43 penalty minutes. The 30-year-old Vancouver, B.C. native also played two AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch (no points, five penalty minutes) and appeared in 26 AHL contests with the Toronto Marlies (3-4-7, 61 PIM).
Prior to last season, Voros spent two years with the Whale’s parent club, the New York Rangers, logging a total of 95 games, with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points, plus 211 PIM.
Originally an eighth-round selection (229th overall) by the New Jersey Devils in the 2001 NHL Draft, Voros has seen action in a total of 162 NHL games in his career, with the Devils, Rangers, Ducks and Minnesota Wild. His NHL career numbers are 18 goals, 19 assists, 37 points and 395 PIM. In 251 career AHL games with the Crunch, Marlies, Albany River Rats, Lowell Devils and Houston Aeros, the former University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook has amassed totals of 47 goals and 51 assists for 98 points, along with 695 penalty minutes.
With Bob McKenzie of TSN, among others, reporting today that Aaron Voros has been put on waivers, I thought it would be fitting to look back at the trade the Rangers made on July 9, 2010. New York traded Aaron “The People’s Champ” Voros and prospect Ryan Hillier to Anaheim in exchange for Steve Eminger. This was one of those under the radar type trades that few think much of when they happen, but sometimes mean a lot to a hockey club.
The thought process for Sather had to be that Voros had no role on the team and bringing in Eminger could potentially provide the Rangers with a stop-gap defender until some of their defensive prospects were ready.
A look at their numbers:
Eminger 49 GP 1G 3A -8 22PIM
Voros 12 GP 0G 0A -4 43PIM
If Eminger gave the Rangers anything it was going to be an easy win for the New York. Obviously you can see that Voros has given the Ducks less than nothing, and has missed the last 21 games with an orbital bone fracture he sustained in a fight. Nice to see Voros and Rick DiPietro have something in common. Before someone asks, no the Rangers should not claim him, even if Boogaard is out for the year. Players like Kris Newbury are more effective than Voros ever will be, so stay away.
On Eminger’s side of the ledger, despite scaring many of us, including myself, with his atrocious preseason that saw more injuries than quality play, Eminger has made himself a key cog for the young defense, turning it into a resounding victory for Sather.
I have been pleasantly surprised at how well Eminger has played over the totality of the season. During a crucial part of the year, when Rozsival was first injured, it was Eminger who stepped in and filled that void very well. I know for many Rangers fans it is easy to overlook that because it was just Rozsival, but at that point Rozi had been playing very good hockey for the club and having someone fill a top four role is not an easy task.
It would easy to focus on the fact that he has been scratched the last four games, but that for me is a product of other defenders rising and the Rangers trying to figure out what to do with Michael Del Zotto, then to Eminger himself. There is no question there has been some slippage in the quality of Eminger’s play compared to early in the year, but his benching, for me, has been unjustified by performance overall. I expect that Eminger will be back in the lineup for New York on Friday, and Del Zotto will likely be back in Hartford with the Whale
I find it reassuring to look back at this deal as the trade deadline approaches and see that Sather has done a very good job with trades the past few years. Free agency for the most part is still awful, but feel confident as the deadline approaches that Sather will keep an eye on the big picture.
The Rangers have made a trade today, sending Aaron “The People’s Champ” Voros and prospect Ryan Hillier to Anaheim in exchange for Steve Eminger. Voros, in the last year of his contract, had become expendable a long time ago, but the signing of Derek Boogaard made his exit from Broadway all but certain. In return, the Rangers get Eminger, a 27 year old defenseman, who is in the final year of a contract that will be a $1.125 million cap hit this season. The Rangers, believe it or not, take on more cap space in this deal than with Voros. Eminger is a solid blue liner who may not put up much offense, but will play decent defense. He had a 3.0 GVT last season with the Ducks.
This move could be another step in the plan of dumping Wade Redden in Hartford. With Eminger, the Rangers have six defensemen under contract, including Redden, but not including Marc Staal or Ryan McDonagh. This is a very interesting deal, because assuming that the Rangers sign Staal, that makes seven defensemen, and McDonagh. This just adds more fuel to the fire that the Rangers are seriously considering waiving Wade Redden.
Several Twitter posts have said the Rangers waived Donald Brashear, Aaron Voros, and Patrick Rissmiller. There are rumors of them being bought out, but the only one that makes sense to buyout from a salary cap perspective would be Voros. Rissmiller hasn’t been with the team since he signed his contract, and a buyout would just add an unnecessary cap hit. A Brashear buyout won’t save any money, as he is on an over-35 contract. A Voros buyout would result in a $400,000 cap hit this season ($600,000 savings), and a $300,000 cap hit next season, when Voros would be off the books.
I do not believe these players were waived for potential buyouts, but waived to create cap room. Waiving Brashear saves the Rangers $100,000, and Voros saves the Rangers $1 million. Waiving Rissmiller is a technicality, as his salary has never counted against the Rangers cap hit. That’s $1.1 million saved by waiving them. It’s a simple matter of clearing cap space, much like what the Rangers did at the trade deadline.
Today marks Day One of the 15 day buyout period for NHL contracts. Teams have until June 30 to decide if they will buy players out. Spector at FOX Sports looks at each teams’ buyout candidates, and mentions Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival as potential candidates for the Rangers. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that Redden will be bought out, and this has been discussed ad nauseam here and around the Rangers community.
While buying out Rozsival has only been discussed once here , it’s far less restrictive than buying out Redden. With a cap hit of $2 million or less for three of the four buyout years (a cap hit of $3 million for the other year), this is a far more likely scenario from a monetary standpoint. However, the coaching staff and management are happy with Rozsival, and it was shown by giving him the ‘A’ when Ryan Callahan was out of the lineup at the end of the season. While buying out Redden is unlikely from a monetary standpoint, buying out Rozsival is equally unlikely from a coaching/management standpoint.
When looking at the buyout period realistically, the only candidate that could or would be bought out would be Aaron Voros. Of course, buying out Voros doesn’t provide much cap relief, just $600,000 in extra space this season ($400,000 cap hit), and a $300,000 cap hit for next season, when Voros’ contract will have expired. This doesn’t really offer much of anything for the Rangers, so expect them to be quiet from a buyout perspective. There just simply aren’t any players that can be bought out that make sense fiscally and for the betterment of the team.
With the acquisitions of Brandon Prust and Jody Shelley, and the likelihood that at least one will be resigned, it appears that Aaron Voros may have run his course on Broadway. The majority will remember “The People’s Champ” for his $1 million salary for a fringe player, but some will remember that he always gave 100% when he played. Giving it your all every game is something that we as fans expect, but rarely see from a good portion of the Rangers.
Management’s options for Voros are a lot more abundant than their options with some of the high priced veterans. Voros has one year at $900k left on his contract ($1 million cap hit). Teams operating with an ownership cap might find the slight discount to be appealing. It is possible that a team would trade a lower pick (something to the equivalent of what the Rangers gave for Shelley) for Voros’ services. He is a short term commitment, which is something a lot of teams are looking for.
The Rangers also seem to have no problem waiving the winger, as he has been waived at the trade deadline each of the past two years to make room for any potential deals that might come their way. Waiving Voros and putting him in the minors seems to be an option that ownership is willing to accept as well.
Then there’s the curious case of buying him out. Voros has one year at $900k remaining. Voros’ buyout cap hit would be $400k for the 2010-2011 season and $300k for the 2011-2012 (for an explanation of how this is calculated, view the Understanding the Cap page).
The buyout amount is actually a little steep considering they can just keep him for next season and then have the cap hit eliminated for good. The most beneficial move for the Rangers to make would be to trade Voros and try to recoup that late pick they gave up for Jody Shelley. With the Rangers in a bad salary cap situation, Voros may be one of the first cap casualties of the 2010 offseason.
As per Steve Zipay, Ryan Callahan is out tonight with his leg injury, being replaced in the lineup by the recently called up P.A. Parenteau. The other player called up, Anders Eriksson, will be in the lineup tonight, replacing Matt Gilroy. Gilroy only played 10:05 in the shootout win against New Jersey on Thursday night.
Aaron Voros has tweeted that he may find himself back in the lineup on Saturday against Toronto. This is bad news for Ryan Callahan, who re-injured his leg in last night’s thriller against New Jersey. To quote Voros, stay tuned.
As per Steve Zipay, scratched again will be Donald Brashear, with Aaron Voros joining him in the Prucha Box. Coach John Tortorella is playing with the lines tonight against Washington, putting the newly acquired Olli Jokinen between Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky, who is shifting to wing. Erik Christensen will center Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborirk.
It’s good to see that Torts is, at least attempting to, spread the scoring out. A front loaded line of Prospal-Jokinen-Gaborik will always draw the top defensive pairing. By spreading it out, you make other coaches rethink that strategy. Yes, Gaborik will still draw top defensive pairings, but maybe the combination of Dubi-Jokinen-Cally can spark the Rangers offense.