7/24/14 | 3:27PM: Pyatt has signed with Geneva in the Swiss league which lost Matthew Lombardi to the Rangers. (PHT)
7/17/14 | 4:24PM: Taylor Pyatt has “all but resigned himself” to playing in Europe as he hopes to continue his hockey career. (TB News, via Puck Daddy)
Pyatt said that there have been few offers so far and that Europe seems like a “pretty good option.” (TB News, via Puck Daddy)
He signed a two-year deal with the Rangers, worth $1.55 million per year, in the summer of 2012 and played in all 48 games of the lockout year and 22 this year before being placed on waivers.
Pyatt had 6 goals and 6 assists with 16 PIM in his time with the Rangers. He played in 12 playoff games and had two goals and two assists.
The Penguins claimed Pyatt off of waivers in early January.
After going to the Penguins, he had 4 goals in 34 games but did not appear in the playoffs.
Craig Custance lists the Rangers as a team that is trending “down” because of the depth that they lost and the recent history of teams who lost the Stanley Cup Final. (ESPN Insider)
- 2013 loser: Boston lost in the second round in 2014
- 2012 loser: New Jersey didn’t make the playoffs in 2013
- 2011 loser: Vancouver lost in the first round in 2012
- 2010 loser: Philly lost in the second round in 2011
No team has been to the Stanley Cup Final two years in a row since both the Red Wings and Penguins did in 2008 and 2009.
Custance says that Glen Sather gets points for bringing in Lee Stempniak and Matthew Lombardi at good value. (ESPN Insider)
He says that as long as the Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh they will be able to contend for a playoff spot but there are “legitimate concerns” that the center position and their loss of depth could hurt them. (ESPN Insider)
Brady Skjei will return to Minnesota this year for his junior season.
Skjei said that the players from Minnesota who had decisions to make about turning pro were talking to each other and the ones that are staying all want to make another run at the National Championship this year. (Gophers)
Skjei did say that the decision to stay would have been tougher had Minnesota not lost in the NCAA Championship to Union College. (Gophers)
Gordie Clark has said that Skjei is close to being ready to turn pro.
For more on Skjei, CLICK HERE
Dominic Moore said that he didn’t expect his contract talks with the Rangers to be hard but they ended up being harder than he thought. He said that he was glad to have everything settled though and to know for sure that he is returning to the Rangers. (Daily News)
Moore signed a TWO-YEAR deal with the Rangers worth $1.5 million on July 1.
He said that he wanted to return to the Rangers partly because of the opportunities he has to play up and down the lineup like he did in the playoffs. Moore said that he gained the trust of the coaches and he started to trust himself more on the ice as the season and playoffs went on. He added that he will play whatever role is asked and that ultimately winning is what matters the most. (Daily News)
Moore said that coming back this season after a year off was “way tougher” than he thought it would be. (National Post)
Ryan Haggerty spoke yesterday at a charity hockey game in Stamford, CT and said that during his time around the Rangers in the playoffs he learned from players like Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis about how to conduct yourself, be a pro and show up to work everyday. (Stamford Advocate)
Haggerty says that he has gotten to know the coaching staff a bit and how they work but understands that he won’t be given a spot on the team and that he needs to make his presence felt. (Stamford Advocate)
He says that he is preparing to take the right steps to be the best he can be and ultimately play with the Rangers. (Stamford Advocate)
For more on Haggerty, CLICK HERE.
Haggerty’s cap hit at the NHL level is $925,000.
Marty St. Louis took part in a charity game last night in Stamford, Connecticut for The Big Assist which helps people who have spinal cord disease.
St. Louis was joined by Ryan Haggerty and Troy Donnay of the Rangers organization. Other NHLers on St. Louis team included Cam Atkinson, James van Riemsdyk and Kevin Shattenkirk.
NHLers on the other team included Torey Krug, Matt Moulson and Nathan Gerbe.
St. Louis team lost 12-6. (Big Assist)
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Zuccarello’s caption was “Proud to be a nyr for at least one more year!! LGR!”
Zuccarello signed a ONE-YEAR deal worth $3.5 million that he said was the best thing for both sides.
10:32AM: 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.
7:07AM: 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)
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.