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Free agency open thread

Free agency is upon us, and teams that were not allowed to talk specific contract details will find a way to work out extremely complicated contracts within minutes of free agency opening. The Rangers have four key guys headed to free agency, with three likely on their way out. We summarized those here. We will be live-blogging the free agency signings, with moves made by the Rangers in bold. Discuss anything you want, keep it civil.

  • Justin Peters to Washington on a two-year deal.
  • Petr Mrazek gets a one-year extension in Detroit.
  • The Canadiens have traded Josh Gorges to Buffalo for a 2016 2nd round pick.
  • Paul Stastny is the first huge name off the board: St Louis for four years, $7 million a year.
  • Mike Cammalleri goes to New Jersey: Five years, $25 milion.
  • Tom Gilbert heads to Montreal, two years and $2.8 million per.
  • The Rangers sign defenseman Mike Kosta, one year, $650k
  • Florida signs Jussi Jokinen: four years, $16 million.
  • The Rangers sign Dan Boyle, two years, $4.5 million cap hit and a NMC.
  • Mason Raymond to Calgary: three years, $9.5 million
  • Sharks trade Brad Stuart to Colorado for a 2016 2nd and 2017 7th.
  • Dave Bolland to Florida, five years, $5.5 million per.
  • Mike Weaver to Montreal: 1 year, $1.75 million.
  • Brooks Orpik to Washington, five years, $27.5 million (!!!!!)
  • Ryan Miller to Vancouver for three years
  • Anders Lindback and Ales Hemsky (4/$12m) to Dallas
  • Phoenix signs Blake Comeau and Thomas Greiss to one year deals
  • Shawn Thornton to Florida as well, one year – $1.2m.
  • Mathieu Perreault: Winnipeg, three years, $9 million
  • Brian Gionta to Buffalo for three years.
  • Columbus sends Matt Frattin to Toronto for Jerry D’Amigo.
  • Keith Aulie to Edmonton, one year, $800k.
  • Jonas Hiller goes to Calgary, two years, $4.5 million per.
  • Thomas Vanek heads to Minnesota for three years, $6.5 million per.
  • Stephane Robidas to Toronto for three years. $3 million per.
  • Rangers re-sign Dominic Moore for two years, $1.5 million per.
  • Rangers sign Tanner Glass – three years, $1.45 million per.
  • Bruno Gervais to Philly, Nick Holden re-ups in Colorado.
  • Martin Havlat to NJ: 1/$1.5m
  • Matt Moulson to Buffalo: 5/$25m
  • Anton Stralman heads to Tampa Bay, 5 years, $20 million.
  • Colorado signs Jarome Iginla.
  • Rangers sign forward Chris Mueller and defenseman Steve Kampfer to two-way deals
  • Rangers sign defenseman Matt Hunwick to a one-year, $600k deal
  • Andrej Meszaros lands in Buffalo for one year, Ray Emery in Philly for another year
  • Derek Engelland landed in Calgary to the tune of three years and $8.7 million (!!!!). The Tanner Glass deal doesn’t look so bad anymore.
  • Brad Richards lands in Chicago, one-year, $2m
  • Matt Niskanen goes to Washington for 7 years and $40.25 million. Wow.
  • Brian Boyle goes to Tampa, 3 years, $2.3 million per.
  • Stu Bickel has signed with Minnesota

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  • How does Ehrhoff sign for only one year? There had to be a bigger market for him than that.

    • With these prices, it’s bargain bin shopping for the Rangers.

      With the hopes that a Mark Fayne or Mikhail Gravoski would come (relatively) cheap now dashed, it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

      Crazy deal for Pouliot, Edmonton must have money burning a hole in its pocket. Too bad he won’t sniff a Stanley Cup for the next 5 years.

      • Is there anything wrong with developing players from within?

        We’ll sign some guys. It’s the Rangers. Winners of the East and in a win now mode with a chance to win the Cup. People will come here, its only been 45 minutes.

  • Sad to see two of our best lines being broken up.

    We do have to stop acting like Stralman was a superb and irreplaceable player, though.

    I like Pouliot a lot, but man is he gonna look stupid in an Edmonton jersey. Doubt he’ll be as productive there.

    Are there any reports about who we are going after or is it just a bunch of hoopla about who we wanted not wanting to be here?

    • I think Pouliot could be ok in Edmonton. He will have some quality linemates over there, certainly equal to Zucc and Brass. The big issue I see with Pouliot is his ability to stay motivated.

      Edmonton is kind of a mess, Eakins may be in way over his head, the fans are beyond salty and Pouliot is now a “leader” on that team.

  • 4/$28 for Stastny isn’t bad at all. I wouldn’t call it a bargain, but damn close for the top center.

  • Too long and too much $ for D. Boyle.

    Any guesses as to how long it takes Pouliot to regret going to Edmonton? He’ll be the fall guy when they finish last again.

    • Not thrilled with it either. They pretty much blew their load with that deal. Cheap center and maybe Dominic Moore and thats about it.

      • But the thing is the alternatives aren’t anything to write home about. Mclrath clearly isn’t ready and the only other righty out there worth anything was Stralman and he’s going to get a 6 year $30 million dollar contract. This signing isn’t ideal (1 year would have been a lot better) but I think Sathers hands were tied on this one. Rumor was that Boyle wanted three years at 5 million. I can live with this one.

  • Great signing with Dan Boyle, he is a awesome PP quarterback still! Now Slats just needs to add some toughness to give their skill players and rookies room to play.

  • Well Boyle is going to get about the same AAV if not a half million less than Stralman will get and for about 4 less years. In a nutshell I think this is a good signing by the Rangers.

    Isn’t it every year that they sign a player specifically to help the power play? Hopefully this one works out better than the last few.

  • I still can’t believe that some team gave Pouliot 5 years. or $4 million per. Just seems so very excessive.

    Also, If Fayne got 4 years, at $3.625 million per, then that Boyle contract, for only 2 years, is OK with me.

    • Which deal is worse? Bolland or Orpik? Pick your poison as far as I’m concerned.
      Deals like that will ensure teams like Florida will not be competitive for a while.
      Sometimes the cap floor hurts rebuilding teams by necessitating deals that will haunt them down the road.

      • If I had to pick? Probably orpik. At least hes an olympic athlete and didnt have a catastrophic injury last year. Plus hes top 4. Bolland isnt a great top 6. So its better value

  • Silly season indeed!! That deal for Benoit Pouliot was absolute lunacy, about as bad as the Clarkson deal and this year’s Boland deal. Boyle at 2 years is good, he’s tough too, unlike Stralman who is vanilla. Pouliot can be replaced by either Miller or Fast much cheaper. Centre is still the one hole to fill.

  • BTW, Jim Nill will soon earn the reputation of being the best GM in the NHL. I advocated him for NYR several years ago. Wish Slats would ride off into the sunset.

  • Mathieu Perreault just signed a deal that the Rangers should have been all over. 3 for $9M. Give me that deal at a greater position of need over 38 year old Dan Boyle’s. Look at Perreault’s stats and fancy stats. Perfect fit as a third line center.

    • IMO, his deal is that of someone who wanted to be here. I am sure he could have gotten the 3rd year from someone.

      • Not necessarily. Glass, IMO, will be in and out of the lineup, based on who we are playing, etc. I think some of the kids get a shot on the 4th line with Moore.

        • Why sign that deal then? Why 3 years and almost $1.5M per? Let Kyle Beach suck in that role for less than $1M.

      • Tanner Glass was a good fourth line player for Pitt.
        Also kills penalties. Is big tough and can fight.
        He is what we need on our team of smallish forwards.
        Pouillot and Kreider were our only big forwards and one of them is now gone.

  • If Matt Moulson got a 5/$25 from the Sabres, think that was all they were going to give Capt. Ryan? Maybe that’s why he signed with Tampa.

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