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.

Richard K. Wendt
Richard K. Wendt

I think he does too. With all the talent in the pipeline it should be a important year on the Rangers D.

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

"Moore is a nice third pairing player'

Don't forget that when the deal first happened, a lot of people were calling Moore the steal in the trade.  I think he's got a bit more upside than you give him credit for.