Rangers allow rights on Daniel Bernhardt, Dominik Lakatos to expire

In case you missed it, the Rangers decided to pass on signing two of their drafted prospects. The length of time given to sign drafted prospects varies by age, but it always expires on June 1 of that year. For the Rangers, June 1 came and went without contracts for Daniel Bernhardt or Dominik Lakatos.

Bernhardt, the Blueshirts’ second 4th round pick in 2015 (119th overall), was very unlucky. He’s dealt with major hip issues for quite some time and they never got fixed. His last appearance was in Sweden and it looks like he didn’t play at all this year. The Rangers deciding not to sign him isn’t a surprise.

When the Rangers took Lakatos as a 20 year old in the 2017 draft, it was viewed as a little bit of a surprise. The 6th rounder (#157 overall) has played his entire career in the Czech Republic, topping out in his draft year with a line of 10-12-22 in 41 games. He recently signed with Vitkovic in the Czech league, so letting his rights expire also wasn’t much of a surprise.

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29 thoughts on “Rangers allow rights on Daniel Bernhardt, Dominik Lakatos to expire

  • Jun 2, 2019 at 11:09 am
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    Great job Gordie

    • Jun 2, 2019 at 11:26 am
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      4th rounders are just a lottery ticket and you can’t expect the Rangers to sign a scratch card to an ELC just to pay for his surgery and rehab.

      For Lakatos & Virta, they grabbed them to maybe provide depth in Hartford and it didn’t work out. Que sera sera.

      • Jun 2, 2019 at 11:40 am
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        True lol….I just dont like Gordie and can’t help myself

  • Jun 2, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    Patrik Virta’s rights have also expired. He had a pretty good D+1 season with TPS, tried to leverage it into a KHL contract and he didn’t handle the jump in competition all that well. Finished the season with Orebro in the SHL where he was getting 1st line minutes come playoff time.

  • Jun 2, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    Usually drafting this late is a crap shoot, and more times than not you get crap. No great loss in any case!!!!!!!

  • Jun 2, 2019 at 11:42 am
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    He did salvage Morgan Barron in the 6th tho so there is hope there

    • Jun 2, 2019 at 11:51 am
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      Not sure about him, we’ll see in a few years when he comes out of Harvard. The Ivy League isn’t the toughest to play against!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jun 2, 2019 at 11:53 am
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        100% …They are all hype til they get here…Barron goes to Cornell. You are right tho…competition isnt the best

        • Jun 2, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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          I stand corrected……..

      • Jun 2, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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        Don’t underestimate the Ivy League … and remember, that’s where Vesey and Fox hail from. Barron definitely has a chance at being a semi-productive bottom 6 player. In any event, with all the draft picks we’ve been picking up over the last couple of years (plus this one coming up), you have to figure a number of them don’t get signed … 50 man contract rule and all. You take some risks with your later round picks but there’s no point tying up contract space if they can’t blossom within a few years. Instead of focusing on the guys we’re passing on, focus on the ones we’re going to be signing.

        • Jun 2, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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          The Rangers have 37 players under contract; once qualifying offers go out they’ll be at 43(44 once Kakko signs.)

          Plenty of room going forward.

          • Jun 2, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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            Sure Reen, but if you sign these guys you’re looking at 2-3 years where they take up a contract space. I figure in the next couple of years we’re going to be signing a lot of our draft picks and may trade a player or two or three while getting back players and more draft choices, best to keep ourselves flexible.

            • Jun 2, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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              And players go off the books. 12 of them the next 2 seasons.

              It’s the circle of life.

              • Jun 3, 2019 at 1:30 am
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                … and more will come in. It’s best to have a little space and aside from Virta it doesn’t surprise me in the least who they decided not to sign.

          • Jun 2, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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            My estimate was 45, not 44. Of course neuther of us knows precisely which RFAs will get offers. I’m guessing Halverson, Claesson, Lettieri all get qualifying offers.

            However, I also expect the Rangers to sign 2-4 UFAs, which brings them close to full. That leaves them some room, but not so much that they can afford to waste it. Bottom line: the 50 man roster allows signing of some long shots, but when you have more draft choices, you have to be more selective in who you actually sign.

        • Jun 2, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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          Vesey came out of Harvard, was Hoby Baker winner, now what, is he that great? I think not at all, but some think he is worth a roster spot, so be it…………..

          • Jun 2, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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            He’s worth a roster spot, just not in the Top 6.

  • Jun 2, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    Guess the Rangers are Lakatos intolerant.

  • Jun 2, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    Patrick Laine making news…

    • Jun 2, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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      All he does is score goals.

      It’s a great skill to have, but in every other category he hasn’t progressed at all in 3 years.

      Whatever you do in life, the goal is to make others lives easier, not harder.

      He’s now getting to the point where even with all the goals, he’s making life harder for the Jets.

      • Jun 2, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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        Poor Winnipeg gonna chase everyone away someday lol

      • Jun 3, 2019 at 1:40 am
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        Which is why I cringe every time some guy says Kakko is Laine 2.0 … no, he’s more like Rantanen 1.1 (2.0 I hope). That said, Laine is just 21 and was played injured most of the year (back and/or groin) — Those two issues I never like to hear in a player so young, is it going to be chronic or is it correctable with the proper strength and conditioning?

    • Jun 2, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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      What’s the news?

      • Jun 2, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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        Rumor mill on Twiiter says he might want out

        • Jun 2, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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          I have been reading that there are serious issues within their locker room, starting with the players divided on the coach.

          So honestly, I am not surprised by this, and this is what I was referring to, to say that the Jets are a talented mess.

          Thanks for the info pal.

          • Jun 2, 2019 at 5:25 pm
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            You got it buddy…yeah I hear ya…totally with that room

          • Jun 2, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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            I saw the talent and thought they had a real good shot at the cup. I was surprised at how easily they went out. I did not know about the chemistry problems.

          • Jun 3, 2019 at 1:32 am
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            Half the locker room doesn’t want to be there.

            • Jun 3, 2019 at 6:28 am
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              I think it’s a real mess, for sure.

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