If Nash falls through, what are the backup options?

All the talk with the Rangers and the deadline is about Rick Nash. It makes sense, and there have been heavy rumors stating that the Rangers and Columbus GM Scott Howson are in serious negotiations regarding the star winger. Nash would make the Rangers better in the short term and long term, although that contract might be a bit of…

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Cap Increasing; Increases Rangers Likelihood of Spending Spree?

Any Rangers fans that thought the Rangers would be relatively inactive during the free agent frenzy starting July 1st, well you were probably going to be wrong and if you weren’t wrong before the news broke about an increasing cap limit then you certainly are now. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, speaking at a Lawyers’ conference in D.C. recently discussed the increase…

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Where Sather Went Wrong: Both Drury and Gomez

This is now the second part of a multi-post discussion about the decisions of General Manager Glen Sather. Sather has come under some real heat lately, as the Rangers are in what appears to be a free fall, and have no cap room to make any adjustments. The highest paid players on the Rangers have been, to be delicate, disappointing….

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The Gomez Deal: Cap Analysis

Well, we all know that the Scott Gomez to Montreal deal was a salary dump. But how much of a dump? Gomez has a $7.357 million cap hit through 2013-2014. Chris Higgins, an RFA, made $1.9 million last season, and it’s safe to assume he has been qualified for that amount. Considering how much time he missed last season, and…

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Gomez for Higgins (UPDATE: Heatley (NOT) on his way)

That will shed some salary. Wow. Way to go Slats. More later, I’ll analyze the finances. Guess this means no Heatley. Dubi stays for now. Update 5:25pm: Details are in: To Mtl: Gomez, Tom Pyatt, Mike Busto To NYR: Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko, Doug Janik Salary dump, and a steal of one. Wow. Great job Slats. Update 5:30pm: McDonagh…

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LeBrun: Gomez Available

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has mentioned that the Rangers have made Scott Gomez available across the league. This shouldn’t be a surprise to many, as it was already mentioned here once, and it’s widely known that the Rangers would love to dump one of their high priced contracts. With Drury unmovable, Gomez is the more likely, even if incredibly unlikely,…

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Garrioch: Rangers Looking to Deal Gomez or Drury

In a stunning turn of events, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has broken the news that the Rangers are looking to trade either Scott Gomez or Chris Drury, because they cannot afford them both: The belief is the Rangers will have to decide between keeping Fs Chris Drury ($8.05 million next season) and Scott Gomez ($8 million) because they…

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Rangers NTCs

As draft day nears, there are always “ideas” of trades, especially of the large contracts. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at who the Rangers have given no-trade clauses (NTC) and no-movement clauses (NMC). Information courtesy of NHLSCAP.com: Chris Drury: Full NMC Scott Gomez: NTC – has 3 teams he will not accept a trade to. Wade Redden:…

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Finals Thoughts and a Recap on a Season on the Brink

I allowed myself to decompress for 24-48 hours after the Rangers season officially ended to talk about what happened.  Much like a legendary player being asked to retire when he’s ousted from the playoffs, you have to sift through your emotions before you give an honest assessment of things.  100% agree with Dave that the better team won this series,…

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On to NY….

Well that sucked. The Rangers were just awful tonight. They came out flat, took soft penalties (a ton of them), allowed shorthanded goals. I mean, what else is there to say? They were dominated. They did everything they did in Game 3. Varlamov wasn’t really challenged until the 3rd period, and now has two (TWO!) shutouts in the playoffs in…

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