Friedman: Rangers have interested in Carolina’s Andrej Sekera

Per a transcribed interview with Elliotte Freidman on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 this morning, the Rangers are interested in Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera. Friedman notes that cap space is a problem, and that the Rangers are looking at this season as an “all-in” season. This confirms what Friedman said in November regarding the Rangers’ interest in Sekera.

Sekera would be a boost to the Rangers third pairing in place of John Moore/Matt Hunwick. He carries a $2.75 million cap hit this season, and the Rangers should be able to get him under the cap at the prorated amount ($1.375 million, since they would only be taking him for half the season. That number goes down as the calendar year moves on). Of course, the Rangers could move one of Moore/Hunwick to make room for Sekera, which opens up more cap space.

Sekera could also replace Marc Staal on the second pairing if Staal and the Rangers can’t agree to terms before the trade deadline.

12 thoughts on “Friedman: Rangers have interested in Carolina’s Andrej Sekera

  • Jan 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    If the Rangers are “all in”, then they would be looking to add Sekera, not replace Staal with him.

    • Jan 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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      Exactly!

      Not that he needed conformation but after the way Staal played in wins against the Ducks & Kings, Sather isn’t trading him even if they don’t reach an agreement before the deadline. I’ll repeat what I said yesterday – this team is playing for the Cup and nothing else. They made the SCF’s last year and are even better this year. We were 2d or 3d in GAA last season, we’re 7th now with a bullet as we have the lowest GAA in the league over the past month. We’re not messing with the D.

      Sather isn’t going to trade him for less than full value and as good as Sekera may be, he’s not 100 cents on the dollar for Staal. He is, however, the perfect upgrade for Moore/Hunwick and if we can improve there I can’t think of anything else we need to make a run – besides good health and an improved face-off percentage.

      • Jan 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm
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        To add, I think D is the weakest link on this team. It’s the one position I’d look to upgrade/add depth to this deadline. Sekera would be a nice addition.

        • Jan 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm
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          You’re crazy! This is one of the best D groups in the league. Their top 5 D-men would be first pair players on most teams. The Rangers have, essentially, two first lines of D. And then you have Klein on the third pair, and he’s no 3rd pair D-man. That 6th spot has been in question and Moore and Hunwick have been serviceable. An upgrade is always welcome, even to a stacked group of D, but if you think D is the weakest link on this team, you’re just plain wrong.

          • Jan 12, 2015 at 11:34 pm
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            I respectfully have to disagree. While each defenseman brings something good, and they don’t make that many mistakes, collectively they have trouble clearing the zone, especially with an aggressive forecheck. The Sharks had us hemmed in our own zone for pretty much the entire first period. Shot blocking is great, the penalty kill is pretty good, the outlet pass can be good, but the Rangers are not great at getting the puck out of danger. We see it over and over. I recall watching the game against the Bruins on Thanksgiving last year, watching the Blueshirts fumble the puck in our zone, me thinking “this isn’t good”, they coughed it up and bang it was behind Lundqvist. It’s an ongoing problem. Lundqvist, for all his greatness as a puckstopper, doesn’t help things. He handles the puck like it’s a grenade, and every time he touches it I expect bad things. When Talbot has the puck I feel more relaxed.

  • Jan 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm
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    What can I say different than the smart guys already said. Nothing. Adding Sekera is a plus, but you can’t minus Stall and still be a viable contender.

  • Jan 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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    Sekera would be a great addition, and insurance policy, should Staal not sign with us after the end of the season, assuming Slats doesn’t move him!!!!!

    • Jan 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm
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      I think Sekera is a UFA at the end of the season as well.

      • Jan 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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        I know that, but we would have first right to negotiate with him, giving us a leg up!!

  • Jan 10, 2015 at 9:31 am
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    I’d love to see him with Klein as our 5-6 D-men. I think he’d do well in AV’s system. Don’t think he’s a Staal replacement, at least not this season.

  • Jan 11, 2015 at 6:21 pm
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    Sekera is an offensive defenseman who skates well and has a boat load of skills. Much like Hunwick and John Moore, he doesn’t always make the right decisions with the puck and is prone to getting caught out position. If the Blue Shirts are going to go all in, I sooner see them make a pitch for Keith Yandle.

    • Jan 13, 2015 at 12:02 am
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      Ekman-Larsson maybe. Yandle, please no. His stats are brutal. He’d drag us down.

      Cup-winning teams usually have one superstar defenseman. Coffey, Leetch, Doughty, Keith, Lidstrom … and … I wish I didn’t have to say this, Potvin. (I met him and Slava Tretiak at a Canadian diplomatic function in NYC years back — Tretiak was friendly, but Potvin was Potvin with that creepy 1,000-yard LURP stare of his.) Anyway, we don’t have a Leetch or a Doughty, although Boyle is making a good case for himself. I don’t see anyone out there who fits the bill, even if we had cap space. Mike Green is probably closest, but he’s in decline. Sheldon Souray, anyone? Johnny Oduya (who played in a tournament with some friends of mine during the lockout, just a super guy I hear) is very good if paired with the right linemate, but the last thing we need is another small player. Personally I think Hunwick is talented, and Moore has a lot of offensive upside in the right circumstances; or he could be another Del Zotto.

      The UFA player I’d like to see on the Rangers is Justin Williams. Solid gold.

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