Sauer lone RFA that does not receive qualifying offer

As expected, the Rangers have not sent a qualifying offer to injured defenseman Michael Sauer. The other four key RFAs (Ryan McDonah, Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin) all received QO’s, in addition to the newly acquired Justin Falk. To re-hash the QO amounts:

  • Ryan McDonagh: $826,875
  • Derek Stepan: $826,875
  • Carl Hagelin: $660,000
  • Mats Zuccarello: $735,000
  • Justin Falk: $866,250

By offering the others QO’s, the Rangers retain their rights, and qualify for draft pick compensation should they lose anyone to an offer sheet. Of these players, only Derek Stepan is not eligible for arbitration, and only Falk is likely to sign without a significant raise. By not qualifying Sauer, he becomes a UFA.

In the AHL, only Brandon Mashinter was provided with a qualifying offer. Jyri Niemi and Nick Palmieri were not qualified, making them UFAs.

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  1. A no brainer giving these guys a QO. If anyone tries to pull the rug out from under us, we get some compensation in return, so again a smart move!!

  2. Mashinter is the only Ranger forward in the ENTIRE organization other than 5-11 Asham & 5-10 Haley are capable of dropping the gloves. Sad to say the Rangers are talented but seriously lacking in both the intimidation & size part of hockey.

    On defense, both McIlrath & Noreau are 6-4 at least, stay at home defensemen, and drop the gloves when a player or the crease has been violated. But when they will be allowed t play in the bigtime?

    Hard to believe you can’t play both McIlrath and Mashinter 3 shifts a game EACH to police the ice.

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