Two questions for the mailbag this week. As always, use the widget on the right to send questions to be answered.
Joe S. asks: Just wondering when do you think the Rangers will sign a coach in Hartford, and if there are any rumors on who they are targeting.
It is a little surprising that the Rangers haven’t hired a coaching staff in Hartford yet. It’s not troubling, but it’s surprising. They were looking at Kevin Dineen, but he signed with San Diego to be Anaheim’s AHL coach. There have been absolutely no rumors on who the Rangers are targeting or if there is any timeline on this. I also have no idea who I would want them to target, since I really know nothing about AHL coaches.
I posted a crowd sourcing tweet, you can follow that for what others may want.
Benny asks: What are the buyout cap hits for Staal, Smith, and Shatty if bought out this year versus next?
The short answer is you can check CapFriendly’s buyout calculator, which is what I use for this kind of stuff. I covered what it would cost to buyout these three on Friday, so here’s a link to that post.
The biggest difference between a buyout this year over next is the added dead cap space time. Marc Staal would carry a cap hit in 2020-2021 of $3.56 million ($2.2 million savings), followed by a $1.06 million dead cap hit in 2021-2022. Kevin Shattenkirk, who has a contract that is 50% bonuses during the 2020-2021 season, would carry a cap hit of $5.31 million ($1.3 million in savings), with a $666k cap hit for the 2021-2022 season. Brendan Smith would carry a $2.78 ($1.5 million savings) million cap hit, followed by a $783k dead space hit.
Buyouts, in my opinion, aren’t the way to go. However I do recognize they may not have another choice."Mailbag: Hartford coaches; Buyouts",