Contrary to a report earlier this week, Ryan McDonagh and his agent told Patrick Kearns of The Fourth Period that contract talks between the defenseman’s reps and the Rangers have yet to really get underway.
ESPN New York’s Katie Strang reported Tuesday the two sides had started preliminary discussions.
McDonagh is scheduled to be a restricted free agent. The 24-year-old defenseman had four goals and 19 points in 47 regular-season games. McDonagh also had one goal and four points in 12 postseason games.
According to Katie Strang, at ESPN NY, the Rangers and representatives for Ryan McDonagh have started preliminary discussions about a new contract for the Rangers defenseman.
McDonagh is an RFA this summer and Strang notes that talks are only in the early stages and nothing substantive as come about yet.
The Nashville Predators announced that they have signed 23-year old RFA defenseman Roman Josi to a seven-year deal worth $28 million.
Josi has played in 100 career games and has 10 goals and 22 assists.
Last season he played 23:31 per game, 2:53 on the PP and 53 seconds on the PK. He had five goals and 13 assists with a minus seven rating, 96 shots, 31 hits and 73 blocked shots.
Besides Ryan McDonagh, the following defensemen are RFAs: Alex Pietrangelo, Zach Bogosian, Kevin Shattenkirk, Slava Voynov, Travis Hamonic and Karl Alzner.
Adam Rotter: This is a different kind of contract than the one Ryan McDonagh will sign. The Predators are overpaying Josi now with the idea that in a few years, if things develop the way they see, $4 million will be a bargain for him. I think the Rangers would love to get McDonagh under contract on the exact same terms, but his agent will never go for that since McDonagh can be an unrestricted free agent in three-years.
The goal for the Rangers is to lock up as many of McDonagh’s free agent years as they can and the goal for McDonagh’s agent is to make sure that the Rangers pay a higher price to keep McDonagh under their control. It still seems like the most likely solution is the same contract that Marc Staal signed, five-years worth nearly $20 million. The Rangers get two of McDonagh’s free agent years and McDonagh gets a higher amount of money than he would if the Rangers were only offering a short-term deal.
At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes about players second contracts or “bridge” contracts and the impact they can have on roster construction.
He notes that teams that play hard ball, like the Rangers have been known to do, usually sign their RFAs to shorter term deals to give more flexibility under the cap and as a way to keep players motivated to work hard so that they can land their third contract is a big one.
This summer, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh are all going to be RFA’s.
There has been some speculation that Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan could end up in a range of upwards of $4 million per season.
Adam Rotter: I think that we will see the Rangers try and get Stepan and McDonagh to sign four or five year deals along the lines of Marc Staal, five-years and $19.8 million, and Hagelin and Zuccarello along the lines of nearly every other RFA the Rangers have have had the past few years, two-year deal worth a total of between $3 million and $5 million.
Carl Hagelin and Ryan McDonagh can both file for arbitration and I think, though I am not 100%, that the Rangers can file arbitration against McDonagh
within 48 hours of the Stanley Cup ending. Doing that would prevent a team from signing McDonagh to an offer sheet and allow the Rangers a little piece of mind as they negotiate a new deal.
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In the latest issue of The Hockey News, Stanley Cup preview, they look at each teams UFAs and RFAs and predict which salary range their next contract will fall in.
For Ryan Clowe, they project his new contract will bring a cap hit of $3-$4 million per season.
They project Roman Hamrlik is projected to have a cap hit of $1-$2 million.
Steve Eminger, Matt Gilroy and Brandon Segal are all projected to get a cap hit between $500K and $1 million.
For the Rangers RFAs, they have:
- Ryan McDonagh: Between $4 million and $5 million.
- Derek Stepan: Between $4 million and $5 million.
- Carl Hagelin: Between $2 million and $3 million
- Mats Zuccarello: Between $1 million and $2 million
According to Arthur Staple at Newsday, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin both have arbitration rights this summer.
Derek Stepan does not have arbitration rights.