Danny Kristo signs qualifying offer

This news broke over the weekend, but 24-year-old forward Danny Kristo signed his qualifying offer, meaning the Rangers will retain his services for at least one more season. Kristo was acquired last summer in exchange for Christian Thomas, and put up 25-18-43 in 65 games with the Wolf Pack last season. Kristo appears to be an offense-only guy, but his offensive zone skills should translate nicely to the NHL level. The problem is that he is a bit of a disaster without the puck, and the organization will need to see a massive improvement before he is a serious consideration for the NHL club.

Kristo’s NHL salary will be $826,875.

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  • Kristo is an insurance policy. He has a pretty strong upside, and may be able to help the big club if we have some injuries or need some sort of a jumpstart. Meanwhile, he learns to be a 2-way player, who can be a real force on the PP, but may need to be paired with a defensive-minded center. Wish I could make $800K.

    • Actually he is anything but an insurance policy. The Rangers have at least 16 forwards who will play ahead of him and if they get down that far, they will get more. Ryan and Chris Bourque are insurance policies.

      What Kristo is is a high ceiling prospect, a guy with less than a 50/50 chance of being anything, but with some chance of being quite good. That perhaps may have been a good description of this Norwegian fellow they signed a few years back.

      Incidentally, he doesn’t get $800K. What that number means is that he gets essentially $10K for every game he is in NY (if any), but a much lower number when he is in Hartford.

  • What do AHLers make? Isn’t it pretty low for an athlete, like if they had a decent regular job? Like 50-60K?

    • capgeek has some numbers. 70K will get you in the top 50 defensemen or top 50 goaltenders, but some players do quite well. New Ranger signees Chris Bourque and Desjardins get 350K and 300K respectively.

      Typically journeymen like Kris Newbury make good money while kids like Kristo do not.

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