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Rangers “pretty sure” they will have John Moore signed

The lone item remaining on the Rangers to-do list this summer is getting RFA defenseman John Moore under contract for the season. Jeff Gorton, via USA Today, said he is “pretty sure” the Rangers will get him under contract before the season starts:

“We like John a lot, just trying to get him signed,” Gorton said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll get him signed, and get him ready to go. He’s a good player for us; he’s been a good fit for us, he’s a great kid, and we like his upside.”

Moore, 23, is coming off the best season of his young professional career, putting up 4-11-15 while playing half the year on his weak side with Michael Del Zotto. There was a noticeable improvement in his play when he moved back to the left side after the Del Zotto/Kevin Klein swap, but Moore has a long way to go. The club likely wants to get him on a bridge deal, and we have him pegged around $1.2 million.

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  • I can’t believe this is because John and his agent are playing hardball. $1-$1.2M is fair. We are paying more for his upside than last year anyway.

    • We don’t really know how the negotiations go unfortunately. For all we know, the Rangers are offering $850k (roughly his QO) and the Moore camp wants $1.3m.

      • Did that number come out from Moore’s camp or is that just part of the “what if” Dave?
        He played well the second half of last season and the addition of Klein solidified the Rangers 3rd defense pair. However, Moore wasn’t all that great in the Playoffs and was especially victimised in the Finals. I think he should get a moderate raise on a 1 or 2 year deal. He has to show he is an NHL defenseman capable of playing responsibly in all games & situations.
        I thought he was best in the playoffs when he was fighting for ice time. Game 5 he played 20 mins. Partially due to double OT but still a lot.

    • It’s negotiating from a position of power. He knows these guys don’t have any leverage, so he uses that. He only works quickly when there’s a risk of an offer sheet (Staal, McDonagh).

  • It isn’t quite right to say he played half the season on the right side. Yes, he did play 42 games with MDZ, but for a long time at the beginning of the season, Moore was on the left and MDZ was placed on the right (as he was with Staal). Eventually, AV tried MDZ on the left, but it was more like a quarter of the season.

    OTOH, it hardly matters. Either way, the Rangers had a defensive pair with two natural left side defensemen and it performed poorly.

  • John Moore not being signed at this point in the off-season is really strange. My gut feeling is there are still more moves to be made by the Rangers before the season starts.
    A lot of the moves will depend upon Staal signing before the season starts.

    • I don’t think Staal is getting a contract done with the Rangers before the season starts. You end up getting more from players in their contract year. Especially on their first chance at unrestricted free agency.
      I think Sather is quietly seeking the market for Staal. I don’t see Sather paying a 3rd top pairing defenseman. I could be wrong but the team is already near the top of the NHL with avg salary per defenseman. Unless he signs at a hometown discount for $5 mil or less long term of course. He could be traded and Conner Allen can play 2nd or 3rd pair and give close to what Staal does. Staal also played his first full season in a few years. Time to move while the value is their.

  • I thought Moore stepped up his game down the stretch and into the playoffs. Yeah I know it was all Lundqvist. Anyhow, time to get er done and get him under contract. 1 yr $950,000 should do it.

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