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Training Camp/Preseason Lessons

With training camp and preseason coming to a close, we are left with what looks to be the final version of the Rangers roster. In my initial 2009-2010 Rangers outlook, I had initially pegged one of Bobby Sanguinetti, Corey Potter, or Michael Sauer to be the seventh defenseman. My how things have changed.

Sauer was one of the first cuts in the preseason, his stay-at-home style doesn’t fit into the John Tortorella system. Expect him to get traded. Bobby Sanguinetti came into camp out of shape and really struggled to work back from that. He was the most recent cut, and there are rumors that the Rangers don’t have faith in him, and are shopping him around. Corey Potter seems to be the most logical choice at this moment to get a call up int he event of an injury, but he was part of the second round of cuts, before Sanguinetti was cut.

On the other side of the coin, you have Alexei Semenov. Semenov, invited to camp on a tryout, without a contract, came to camp in great shape, and has simply played his way on to the Ranger roster. Credit needs to go to the big defenseman, as he outplayed the aforementioned defensemen, and wrestled the starting job away from Sanguinetti (it was his to lose). You also have Michael Del Zotto, who at just 19, impressed everyone from the coach to the fans. He has given us a glimpse of what a powerplay quarterback can do. He has played so well that he forced the Rangers into giving him another look during the regular season. He now has nine more games to show he belongs, or else be returned to the OHL for the season.

Moving on to the forwards, fans expected Evgeny Grachev to play well in camp, considering his performance last year in the OHL. While he has played extremely well in the preseason, he will benefit from a year in Hartford, so expect him to be the final forward cut before the season starts. If he lights up that league, he will be one of the first call ups during the season.

A pleasant surprise was the newly acquired Enver Lisin, who came over from Hamilton Phoenix for Lauri Korpikosi. Lisin also has played his way into consideration for the roster, and leaves coach John Tortorella with an interesting issue. Lisin belongs on the top three lines, there’s no doubt about that. But, the top three lines seem to be set at the moment. The dilemma: do you put Lisin on the fourth line, getting five minutes a game, or send him to Hartford for regular shifts, at the risk that he bolts for Russia? More on this in another post.

With one last preseason game this weekend in Washington, look for the Rangers to give Grachev, Del Zotto, and Lisin more playing time to let them prove they belong on the NHL level.

Lisin’s Contract: 1/$790K

In a bit of a surprise, the contract for the recently acquired/signed Enver Lisin is lower than his salary from last season. His contract for this season is an incredibly affordable $790,000, a $60,000 pay cut from last season. This is really interesting, because qualifying offers for RFAs making between $650K and $1 million mandates a 5% raise. The Lisin contract is roughly $200K less than I expected him to sign for.

This leaves the Rangers a little extra cash to throw at Dubinsky, who should be signed before the Zherdev hearing.

Salary information courtesy of CapGeek.

Rangers Sign Lisin

Don’t forget about the Zherdev interview article below.

In a move that had to be made, the Rangers came to terms today with recently acquired RW Enver Lisin. It was rumored that Lisin was considering the KHL, but the Rangers needed to sign him or else feel the wrath of Ranger fans who would call them out on dealing Lauri Korpikoski for someone who bolted to the KHL.

No word on terms yet, Lisin was qualified at a 5% raise on his $850k salary last season ($892,500).

More on Enver Lisin

Lisin, the RW received for Lauri Korpikoski, is 23 years old and just finished his 3rd season in the league. The 2004 2nd round (50th overall pick’s best season was last season, where he played 48 games and finished with 13 goals, 8 assists, and a -13. While a -13 is never pretty, take it with a grain of salt because it was Phoenix after all. While his numbers are not overwhelming, his scouting report, as touched on by Mike below, is very promising.


Lisin is a talented two-way forward with a huge offensive upside and a significant defensive upside. The young forward was more than likely the fastest forward eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He is fully capable of developing into a top line forward in the NHL. He’s an amazing skater, who’s a good finisher, has a great wrist shot, is very precise and has a deceivingly quick release.

Russian Prospects:

Skating: An amazing skater…the fastest Russian skater and possibly the fastest skater in the world born in ’86…excellent technique. Shot: A very good finisher and has a great wrist shot…very precise and deceivingly quick release…has very good control over his backhand. Technical Ability: An average puck handler, does not excel in great puck control, who depends more on his speed…uses the stick well in defensive situations. Pass: Doesn’t pass the puck often, as he is more of a finisher than a set up player…when he does pass, his passing ability is above average. Hockey Sense: Sees the ice very well at both ends of the ice…developing into a great two way player…a natural finisher, able to be at the right place at the right moment. Defensive Play: Surprisingly responsible defensively…uses his speed effectively to get back into the defensive zone…uses his stick work effectively in the defensive zone. Physical Play: Grew an inch in the spring and summer of ’03…not a physical player, depending on his speed, but is durable and can handle pressure well in traffic…defensively delivers the pressure at the boards, showing a good level of toughness and physical play. Intangibles: Has a very good attitude and a solid work ethic…listens well to authority… effective on his own, but needs a talented center to take full advantage of his scoring ability and speed.

The review from Russian Prospects is much more detailed, and I really like the way it sounds. Lisin is probably the fastest skater on the Rangers right now, and appears to be a pure sniper. He doesn’t have the hands that would make him steal the show, and it appears he will need a playmaking center in order to make the best of his ability, but if he convert, then we will all be happy, considering the lack of converting opportunities into goals by the Rangers last season.

The trade of Korpikoski for Lisin really illustrates how this team is being built around the Tortorella model. He wants people who can skate, shoot and score, and get back on defense. If he develops the way these scouting reports say he will, then this trade will be a steal for the Rangers. I think he has the potential to put in 25-30 goals this year if he sees solid playing time on one of the top three lines. Assuming he doesn’t sign with the KHL.

On a side note, what’s with Don Maloney picking up all the Ranger prospects? Montoya, Korpikoski, Prucha, Dawes. What’s the deal?

Image Credit: AP Photo/Paul Connors

Callahan signs, Korpikoski traded to Pheonix

Steve Zipay of Newsday tweets that Ryan Callahan has signed a contract, avoiding the arbitration hearing set for later this month. Still don’t know the terms, but Zipay says that “it is believed to be a substantial raise and a multi-year deal.” Good for Callie, he’s earned it. We’ll post the numbers once we find ‘em.

Update (8:36pm): Zipay now tweets that Lauri Korpikoski has been traded to Pheonix. Details to come.

Update (8:39pm): SNY’s Ranger Blog says the Korpedo was traded for Enver Lisin, a restricted free agent. Lisin scored 13 goals in 48 games last year, and Hockey’s Future says he has “significant offensive upside” and is a fantastic skater. I like the move, sounds like a damn fine addition for the third line with the potential for more in the future.

Update (9:12pm): Back to Callie, he gets two years, $4.6 M. If my math is right that’s a $2.3M cap hit. Not bad at all.