Happy Friday BSB’ers! It is my pleasure to reveal the identities of our three finalists for the off-season plan contest. Drum roll please…
In Third-place, the Bronze Medal goes to: Robin Grau
In Second-place, the Silver Medal goes to: Michael Seidell (commenting handle Seahorse)
And our winner and Gold Medalist is, with over 50% of the total community vote: Tommy Tabasco (Tommy T, around these parts) Throw him a follow on Twitter- @ttabasco13
Be on the look out for a guest-post from Tommy T in the near future, and thanks again to everyone who participated in the contest. It was a lot of fun. If you guys and gals have any other ideas like this and our Best Ranger Post-Lockout Contest, drop us a line and let us know.
Be sure to vote for Finalist #1, Finalist #2, or Finalist #3 in our Off Season Plan Contest in the poll on the right.
NY RANGERS OFFSEASON
RFA’s - The most important thing to me this offseason is to get Stepan and McDonagh signed, so I would start the offseason with resigning my RFA’s.
Derek Stepan - I really like this kid, he is young, has skillful hands, and has a good hockey sense on top of the fact that he is already a very reliable player. He was second in points (on the Rangers) only to Rick Nash with a break out season and was part of the reason we made it to the playoffs. I would give him a 3 year 3.5M deal but if he was willing to sign a longer term I would give him a 4-5 year deal for 4M. I think he will continue to be a smart, successful player for us for many years to come and getting him locked up early would be nice.
Ryan McDonagh - He’s probably our best Defense-man as of right now, like Stepan, McDonagh is an integral part of our team. He lays down heavy hits, he knows how to move the puck, his pinches are well timed and I think he has some offensive upsides that seem to come through when you need them the most. Not to mention that he is amazing at covering top offensive players and getting back into position if a mistake is made. I would give him a similar deal as Staal got. 3-4 years for 3.97M but like Step if he was willing to take a longer deal (5-6) I would give him max 4.25M. I know this is a lot but I think McDonagh is just a really smart good hockey player that deserves this kind of deal.
Having said that I would like to get both McD and Step as cheaply as possible so that I don’t get to close to the cap celling. If they took my max offer we would have 5.9M left to work with. That’s already cutting it close given the amount of contracts we need to sign. So lets hope they sign for less.
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I. Compliance Buyout (To Buy out or Not to Buy out)
Easily the first decision made has to be whether to buy out Richards or not. Currently there is $14 mil in cap space with, in my case, 5 necessary players that need to be signed; Stepan, Hagelin, Zuccarello, McDonagh and Clowe as well as options for additional depth. Richards is not fast, nor overly physical, but he can distribute the puck which sounds a lot like Henrik Sedin. If Torterella wasn’t fired this would be an easy decision and Richards would have a house on the market, but AV is the coach for him to bring Richards back to form. Richards still has nine 60 point seasons since entering the league in 2000-2001 and when he didn’t it was due to injury or a lockout and last year was still third on the team in points. However, depending on the cap next year and his 2013-2014 I would have no hesitation in pulling the plug because his cap hit gets scarier as he approaches 40.
Side Note: I acknowledge the injury concerns with him, if he’s hurt the Rangers can never buy him out, but his game isn’t based on his athleticism or his checking it’s his intelligence and hands. The world didn’t end when Drury couldn’t keep up with a snail, instead he mentored Callahan into the player we see today.
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As the successor to Glen Sather, I would like to take the opportunity to thank him and the organization for giving me the chance to lead this great team. The most important aspect of this job is to keep the long standing history of the New York Rangers intact. My goal is to bring The Stanley Cup back to NY; we will not wait 54 years again! This team is built to win, with some of the best core talent in the league as well as the “The King” himself Mr. Henrik Lundqvist. Now lets’ get down to business…
The toughest task I will be facing as the new GM of this team is the retention or compliance buyout of Mr. Brad Richards. As a new comer to the organization, I have to look deeper into the future and what it may hold for us. That is why I have decided to use my final compliance buyout of Brad Richards. This decision has not come easy for anyone within the organization. We have felt that this option would be the best way to keep intact our core young players as well as some veteran guys heading to Unrestricted Free Agency in the coming years. This organization would like to take the time to thank Mr. Richards for his tenure and leadership that he has brought to this team. His personality and demeanor has been nothing but first class and professional during his stay in NY. The New York Rangers would like to wish Mr. Richards all the best of luck in the future.
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Happy Friday, BSBer’s. Today is the day we unveil the Top-3 entries of our off-season plan contest. We will be running all three posts today at 8, 9, and 10am and opening up the site poll once the last entry is posted. We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to this contest. There were many high-quality plans and ideas submitted, and we regret we cannot include everyone’s. Just a few things to remember…
- Feel free to use the comments section of each post for discussion/debate/feedback. I’m sure the authors would love to hear your thoughts on their plans, and it should be interesting to compare them to how the Rangers actually went about their business. This should go without saying, but there will be a zero-tolerance policy for malicious comments or name calling. Have a good time with it.
- We are going to withhold the identity of each author until the final votes are tallied. Once the winner is announced, the identity of all three finalists will be revealed. Congrats again to our finalists.
- Let’s try to be responsible with the voting. Only one vote per person.
Thanks again to everyone who contributed, make sure to vote in the sidebar and give some quality feedback to our finalists. This was a difficult and time consuming task, but hopefully it was rewarding for all of you and we look forward to crowning a champion!
Make the big guy proud…
I’ve seen this concept done by other sports blogs, but never applied to the NHL. Also, when you work on this, it looks suspiciously like you are being incredibly productive sitting at your desk. Just sayin’.
While the offseason has some interesting highlights (the draft, free agency, etc.), generally we are all waiting around for hockey to start again. To help pass the time (and since everyone loves a good “arm-chair” GM session) BSB is having an off-season plan contest. The idea is to take the Rangers as they currently stand, within their existing limitations/circumstances, and articulate a plan to get them from point A (here) to point B (Stanley Cup contention). Read more »