Read: The Rangers cap situation now that Chris Kreider is under contract

Rangers10:32AM: With the Rangers coming to terms on a tw0-year deal with Chris Kreider for a cap hit of $2.45 million, the team has $6.332 million in cap space. (Cap Geek)

The $6.332 million includes Chris Mueller ($600,000), Matt Hunwick ($600,000) Michael Kostka ($650,000) and Jesper Fast ($805,000) but not JT Miller ($894,167).

  • Larry Brooks says that the Rangers have around $7.025 million in cap space. (NY Post)

The Rangers have 21 players on their roster, per Cap Geek and still need to sign Derick Brassard and John Moore.

The Rangers can go 10% over the salary cap during the summer but Jeff Gorton didn’t think they would do that.

Read: Mats Zuccarello on signing a one-year deal

Zucc Marty7:07AM: After searching for a 3-4 year deal, Mats Zuccarello signed a ONE-YEAR deal worth $3.5 million yesterday.

Zuccarello said shortly after that it was “brilliant” to sign for one-year and worked out for both sides right now. Zuccarello also said that he was happy to avoid arbitration for the second straight summer.

He added that with the Rangers cap situation where it is, it was best to sign for one year. He adds that it makes him a free agent next summer but he is happy to be with the Rangers and feels that it’s “my club.” (VG)

Norway’s TV2 hockey expert Bjorn Erevik expects that the two sides will work out a long-term deal and avoid Zuccarello becoming a free agent. (TV2)

Ole Eskild Dahlstrøm said that Zuccarello was pushed into a corner by the Rangers cap situation but that it shouldn’t matter because of how confident Zuccarello is as a player and his desire to stay in NY. (VG)

Stats: 2014-15 point projections for forwards

Rangers-Chrome-Stadium-Series-The Hockey News has released their Fantasy “Pool Guide” for the 2014-15 with projections for the Rangers forwards:

  • Marty St. Louis: 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists)
  • Derek Stepan: 59 points (17 goals, 42 assists)
  • Rick Nash: 53 points (31 goals, 22 assists)
  • Chris Kreider: 52 points (27 goals, 25 assists)
  • Mats Zuccarello: 50 points (15 goals, 35 assists)
  • Derick Brassard: 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists)
  • Carl Hagelin: 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists)
  • Lee Stempniak: 34 points (12 goals and 22 assists) (Listed as a UFA)
  • JT Miller: 27 points
  • Dominic Moore: 24 points
  • Tanner Glass: 15 points

Matthew Lombardi was not listed.

Click HERE to see the point totals from last year’s Pool Guide.

 

Buzz: The numbers Derick Brassard could end up at

Derick Brassard12:10PM: The Rangers are trying to negotiate a long-term deal with Derick Brassard to avoid his arbitration hearing on Monday.

If the two sides are able to come to terms on a long-term deal, the cap hit will be between $5 million and $5,5 million. (NY Post)

If the two sides do go to arbitration or avoid it by signing a one-year deal, similar to Mats Zuccarello, the cap charge would likely be around $4.5 million for this season but he would be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. (NY Post)

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NEWS: Rangers and Chris Kreider come to terms on a TWO-YEAR deal

Kreider9:25AM: The Rangers and Chris Kreider have settled on a TWO-YEAR deal worth $2.35 million in year one and $2.60 million in year two. (Tim Wharnsby)

Kreider’s cap hit will be $2.475 million.

This past season Kreider had

  • 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 regular season games. He averaged 15:43 per game and had 12 of his 37 points on the PP.
  • 5 goals and 8 assists in 15 playoff games. He averaged 16:48 per game and had 5 of his 13 points on the PP.
  • His regular season Corsi was 55.2%, which was 3.6% higher than the team average. (ES)
  • His playoff Corsi was 48.7%, which was 3.4% higher than the team average. (ES)
  • In the regular season he started 35.2% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 38% in the neutral zone and 26.8% in the defensive zone. (ES)
  • In the playoffs, he started 24.4% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 45.2% in the neutral zone and 30.3% in the defensive zone.  (ES)

He will still be an RFA when this contract expires in his qualifying offer will be $2.6 million.

Brian Leetch is a big fan of Kreider.

For more on Kreider’s season, CLICK HERE.

 

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Buzz: Chris Kreider arbitration hearing is going on (Update: they came to terms)

Chris KreiderUPDATE: 9:25AM: The Rangers have come to terms on a two-year deal with Kreider.

9:19AM: Chris Kreider and the Rangers are said to be in the middle of their arbitration hearing in Toronto. The Rangers hearing with Chris Kreider is said to be proceeding as scheduled.  (Andrew Gross)

The hearing, per the CBA, was scheduled to start at 9AM.

It seemed yesterday that arbitration was the direction that Kreider and the Rangers were heading in.

 The Rangers have offered Kreider a two-year deal with a cap hit of $2.05 million while Kreider is looking for $2.8 million per year.

The Rangers are likely to use certain things, such as Kreider starting the year in the minors and not playing in tight game situations, as part of their case to get the number to be lower.

This is the Rangers first arbitration hearing since Nikolai Zherdev in 2009.

The arbitrator will have his decision within 48 hours.

Recap: Dominic Moore on TSN Radio Yesterday

Dominic MooreDominic Moore was a guest on TSN Radio at 3:15PM yesterday:

  • Getting ready, “been working on the forehand and getting the spin going. It’s just a big party.”
  • What is the vibe, “the chriping is half the battle. You gotta have some good trash talk. It’s a great time and a great event.”
  • On ping pong, “anybody can play and that is the theme of the event. It’s interactive and social. We are having a good time and people are enjoying it.”
  • How many people are in Toronto in the summer, “so many Ontario guys who grew up ehre and they are easier to come out. Guys fly in and either way I am grateful for htem to take time out of their summer. We are fortunate to have a huge lineup again this year.”

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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 Rangers cap situation now that Mats Zuccarello has signed

RANGERS0With the Rangers coming to terms on a one-year deal with Mats Zuccarello for $3.5 million, the team has $8,807,500 in cap space. (Cap Geek)

The $8.8 million includes Chris Mueller ($600,000), Matt Hunwick ($600,000) Michael Kostka ($650,000), Jesper Fast ($805,000) but not JT Miller ($894,167).

The Rangers have 20 players on their roster, per Cap Geek and still need to sign Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and John Moore.

Kreider’s arbitration hearing is tomorrow and Brassard is next Tuesday.

The Rangers can go 10% over the salary cap during the summer but Jeff Gorton didn’t think they would do that.