Read: Brad Richards on his relationship with Glen Sather and the attention hockey gets in NY

Brad RichardsBrad Richards says that he and Glen Sather had a good relationship when Richards was in New York and that Sather was “great” to him. (Blackhawks)

He said that he suspected that the Rangers would buy him out and called it a business decision. (Blackhawks)

Richards said that he has been very impressed with the attention the Blackhawks have in Chicago. Comparing it to New York, Richards said that when the Rangers are winning they get a lot of attention but “when it’s over, it’s over.” (Blackhawks)

Sather and Richards both spoke after the buyout was finalized.

Read/Watch: One of the moments where Marty St. Louis really felt he had become a Ranger

Marty St. Louis was asked if the Rangers deep playoff run and all the personal issues he had to deal with accelerated the process of him feeling like a Ranger.

St. Louis said that the playoffs really helped him get close to his teammates and the fans and “scoring the winner in OT at MSG against Montreal, which is a team that I idolized growing up and my dad was in the stands. That was an unbelievable memory for me….to do that at MSG. (Rangers)

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Poll: Are you happy with the Derick Brassard contract?

The Ranger signed Derick Brassard to a FIVE-YEAR deal worth $25 million yesterday. 

Read: Matt Hunwick is a good skater and a good team guy

The Rangers signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a ONE-YEAR, one-way contract on July 1 that will pay him $600,000 whether he is in the NHL or AHL.

Hunwick, 29, is a left shooting defenseman who is 5-11, 190 and has played in 292 NHL games.

He spent last season in the Colorado organization where he played in one game for the Avalanche and 52 for Lake Erie of the AHL where he had 10 goals and 21 assists.

Hunwick started his career with the Bruins but was traded to Colorado early on in the 2010-11 season so the Bruins could open up cap space. (WEEI)

When Hunwick was traded (NESN):

  • Zdeno Chara said that it was tough to lose a player like him who was such a great teammate and guy
  • He was Boston’s “best skater” and added mobility to their defense
  • Adam McQuaid said that Hunwick was a player who brought a lot of different things to the Bruins and is an “excellent skater” and PP guy.

His average career Corsi number is 48.3% (HR) and has averaged 18:07 per game.

Joe Sacco, Hunwick’s former coach in Colorado, said that he brings an “outstanding” attitude to the rink, is a “consummate pro and is always preparing for when he will get his opportunity. (Denver Post)

On Hunwick, Hockey Forecaster’s 2013-14 guide said, “Although he’s not very big, and his puck moving skills at other levels have yet to manifest in the NHL, Hunwick led all Colorado rearguards in total ice time. He kills penalties well thanks to his poise, as well as his smart positioning. Credited with 40 hits and 59 blocked shots in 2013, his value is in his intangibles.”

Oh Yeah: The Rangers star in a jeans commercial

SNY’s new show, Oh Yeah…, looks back at  several Rangers players, including Ron Duguay, Phil Esposito and Dave Maloney advertising Sasson jeans.

Oh Yeah… takes viewers on a trip down memory lane by re-visiting the most entertaining, offbeat, and perhaps forgotten local sports topics over the past 40 years with each episode devoted to a specific year. New episodes air Sundays at 10 pm on SNY.

Stats: Point projections for the defensemen this season

RANGERS0The Hockey News has released their Fantasy “Pool Guide” for the 2014-15 with projections for the Rangers defense:

  • Dan Boyle: 46 points (12 goals, 34 assists)
  • Ryan McDonagh: 40 points (10 goals, 30 assists)
  • Dan Girardi: 22 points
  • Marc Staal: 19 points
  • Michael Kostka: 16 points
  • John Moore: 13 points
  • Kevin Klein 11 points

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


Read: The Rangers cap situation now that Derick Brassard is under contract

Rangers8:05PM: If John Moore comes in around $1 million and the Rangers final two forward spots go to Jesper Fast ($805,000) and JT Miller (894,167), the Rangers will have around $1.3 million in cap space. (Brooks)

According to Cap Geek, adding in Miller, Fast and Moore, but putting Chris Mueller, Matt Hunwick and Matthew Lombardi in the AHL gives the Rangers $1.43 million in cap space. (Cap Geek)

7:55PM: Pat Leonard has the Rangers between $1 million and $2 million under the cap. (Daily News)

4:07PM: With the Rangers signing of Derick Brassard to a FIVE-YEAR contract worth $25 million, the Rangers have $1.332 million in cap space. (Cap Geek) 

The $1.332 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).

4:27PM Larry Brooks says that the Rangers have around $4 million in space. (Brooks)

The Rangers have 22 players on their roster, per Cap Geek, and still need to sign John Moore to a contract.

News: Rangers sign Derick Brassard to a FIVE-YEAR DEAL (Updates)


4:39PM The contract breaks down as:

14-15: $7 million, 15-16: $6 million, 16-17: $5 million, 17-18 and 18-19; $3.5 million. (Renaud Lavoie)

Brassard has a limited no-trade clause.

4:24PM The Rangers have confirmed the signing.

Brasaard’s agent tweeted “Interesting last couple of hours, I can confirm that Derick Brassard has agreed to terms on a 5 year contract.” (Walsh)

3:35PM: The Rangers have signed Derick Brassard to a FIVE-YEAR deal worth $25 million. (Elliotte Friedman)

  • 4:10PM: The deal is not signed yet but the arbitration hearing tomorrow has been canceled.  (Elliotte Friedman)

Brassard’s cap hit will be $5 million per year.

  • Brassard had 18 goals and 27 assists in the regular season last year and 6 goals and 6 assists in the playoffs.
  • As a Ranger he has 23 goals and 33 assists in 94 games and is averaging 15:54 per game.
  • His career Corsi with the Rangers is 52.9%. In the playoffs it is 49.9%. (H-Ref) 

Early projections have Brassard at 15 goals and 28 assists next season for the Rangers.

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