Buzz: Updates on the John Moore situation

John Moore9/5/14 | 2:21PM: Moore says that unless something “goes wrong,” he would be surprised if the deal wasn’t done by the start of camp. (Newsday)

Moore says that he just wants a fair deal and understood that his contract situation was going to take a while. (Newsday)

12:18PM: Moore thinks he will have a deal by the start of training camp. (Steve Zipay)

12:16PM: Moore is “very optimistic” that his deal will get done and that both sides have moved in a positive direction in the past week. (Andrew Gr0ss)

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Buzz: The Rangers are “pretty sure” they will have John Moore signed

John Moore8/27/14 | 9:40AM: Jeff Gorton says that the Rangers are trying to get John Moore signed and is “pretty sure” they will get a deal done. (USA Today, via the Score)

Gorton says that Moore has been a “good fit” for the Rangers and the organization likes his upside. (USA Today, via the Score)

Early on last season, Alain Vigneault said of Moore “a great skill set, unbelievable skater. A young man with so much upside and potential. We are hoping he will be able to put it all together. He works extremely hard to do so. He has a great rapport with the coaches and I am confident that we have a gem right there. The type of player who can play in all situations. He is a young player but has so much upside and it’s so fun to see.”

Moore had 4 goals and 11 assists this season while averaging 15:19 per game and 1:05 on the PP in 76 games.

In the playoffs, Moore played in 21 games, had two assists and averaged 14:32 per game and 1:50 on the PP.

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The Rangers are close to the salary cap but have enough room to sign Moore.

Read: John Moore, the salary cap and what happens next

John MooreWith the Rangers signing of Kevin Hayes (cap hit likely around $925,000 $900,000), the team has $432,500 in cap space. (Cap Geek)

  • The $432,500 includes Chris Mueller ($600,000), Matthew Lombardi ($800,000), Jesper Fast ($805,000), Michael Kostka ($650,000) and Matt Hunwick ($600,000).
  • The number does not include JT MIller who is at $894,167.

John Moore is the Rangers only remaining RFA and it’s expected that he will sign for around his qualifying offer of $850,000.

The Rangers are allowed to go over the salary cap by 10% until their last day of training camp. (CBA page 261)

Signing Hayes also puts the Rangers at the maximum of 50 contracts but the Rangers will have two one spots open up when Ryan Graves and Anthony Duclair are sent back to junior.

Adam Rotter: There is enough room to sign Moore by keeping everything as listed above but sending Chris Mueller and Matt Hunwick to Hartford.  That would give the Rangers $782,000 in cap space which isn’t a lot but gets everyone signed. The interesting thing is what the Rangers do to free up a contract spot for Moore if Graves and Duclair count until they are actually sent back to the QMJHL. They can move someone in a trade for a late draft pick just to open up a spot but they have a little less than a month to figure it out before camp starts.

Mailbag: What is going on with John Moore?

John MooreMichael, New Jersey asks: “What is going on with John Moore? When is he going to sign? Could he hold out?


Moore is an RFA and did not have arbitration rights.

He is expected to sign a bridge deal around his qualifying offer of $850,000.

The team (per cap geek and with Kostka and Hunwick on the roster) has about $1.3 million in cap space.

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Adam Rotter: When training camp starts, Moore will be signed because he has no leverage to hold out. Conor Allen and Matt Hunwick are both left shots and the team also has Michael Kostka and Steven Kampfer (right shots) with NHL experience. There is also Dylan McIlrath (right shot) though it seems like the team wants him to get more AHL games under his belt.

Moore is a nice third pairing player, he can skate well and move the puck nicely but unlike when Derek Stepan held out last year, the Rangers have a lot of depth that could step in for Moore. If I had to guess, and it’s only a guess, as to why Moore hasn’t signed yet it’s because he wants a one-year deal while the team wants him for two. A one-year deal for Moore would give him a chance to go to arbitration next summer as well as sign for more money with the salary cap expected to rise. Ultimately though, the two sides will make a deal before camp starts otherwise Moore will put himself in a big battle for a roster spot.

Buzz: The kind of bridge deal that John Moore may be looking at (Update)

Steve Ott,  John Moore7/22/14 | 8:15PM: Moore’s contract is expected to pay him close to his qualifying offer of $850,500. (NY Post)

7/5/14 | 9:12PM: John Moore is an RFA but without arbitration writes so he is likely to sign a two-year bridge deal that Larry Brooks thinks won’t be for much more than his qualifying offer of $850,500. (NY Post)

Brooks speculates a two-year deal worth $1.1 million for the 23-year old defenseman. (NY Post)

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Read: The elbow on Dale Weise is not who John Moore is

John MooreIn the Eastern Conference Final, John Moore was suspended two games for a hit on Dale Weise.

Moore said that taking a major penalty for elbowing someone in the head is not who he is and that if he could do it over again he probably would not have finished that hit. Moore added that it was unfortunate that Weise got hurt and injuring him was not his intent.  (Sun Times)

In the regular season, Moore had 25 PIM including 1 fight, 4 roughing penalties, 2 interference penalties, 1 holding penalty, 3 hooking penalties and 59 hits.

In the playoffs, Moore had 1 match penalty for elbowing, 1 slashing penalty, 1 cross checking penalty, 1 tripping penalty and 18 hits.

He returned to the Rangers lineup in game two of the Stanley Cup Final.

Moore is an RFA right now and expected to sign a bridge contract.

Read: A homework assignment helped John Moore’s game

John MooreWhile John Moore was recovering from the concussion he suffered late in the season, the coaches had him write down what he was seeing from the press box during a game against the Canucks.  (NHL.com)

He said that he wrote down a lot and it was a lot of “little things” and “split decisions” that could be the difference between a scoring chance or a good defensive play. (NHL.com)

Moore gave his notes to video coach Jerry Dineen who put together a list of clips so that Moore and Ulf Samuelsson could discuss what he was seeing. (NHL.com)

He said that his game started to improve after doing this “homework” assignment.

Michael Del Zotto had to do a similar thing during one of his times as a healthy scratch early in his career.


Moore played 74 games for the Rangers this season with 4 goals, 11 assists, a plus seven rating, 115 shots on goal, 59 hits, 57 blocked shots and an average of 15:19 per game.

  • When on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers controlled 51.6% of the shot attempts, 53.1% of the shots on goal and 54.2% of the goals scored
  • He started 41.9% of his 5 on 5 shifts in the offensive zone, 33.9% in the neutral zone and 24.2% in the defensive zone

Moore played in 21 playoff games, had two assists, a plus two rating, 19 shots on goal, 18 hits, 19 blocked shots and an average of 14:32 per game.

  • When on the ice at 5 on 5 in the playoffs, the Rangers controlled 50.4% of the shot attempts, 49.8% of the shots on goal and 55.6% of the goals scored
  • He started 48.2% of his 5 on 5 shifts in the offensive zone, 37.7% in the neutral zone and 14.1% in the defensive zone