- Callahan is reportedly searching for SEVEN-YEARS and $6.85 million**, the same as Patrice Bergeron. St. Louis, Detroi and LA all need help at forward. (Ottawa Sun)
- Dan Girardi could be a “headache” to sign since he wants up to $6 million* per season on a long-term deal. (Ottawa Sun)
Derick Brassard, an RFA, will get a raise either from the Rangers or from an arbitration hearing. (Ottawa Sun)
The need to pay some of these players will make the buyout of Brad Richards “inevitable.” (Ottawa Sun)
Dominic Moore and Dan Carcillo are also UFAs on July 1 and John Moore, Mats Zuccarello, Justin Falk and Chris Kreider are RFAs.
With the salary cap rising to a reported $71 million, the Rangers have over $29 million in cap space. (Cap Geek)
**Previous reports indicate that the Rangers and Girardi are working on a deal that would be somewhere between $5 million and $6 million.
Adam Rotter: Until the Rangers get Dan Girardi and/or Ryan Callahan signed, it’s hard to project out what they will do with most of the rest of the roster. If I had to guess right now I would say that the Rangers won’t use their compliance buyout on Richards, but the Rangers don’t make a decision on that until June. Brassard will end up with close to $4 million per year. I think that Brian Boyle is likely gone if he doesn’t take a pay cut, he got the $1.7 million after scoring 20 goals, and that Dom Moore will get an extension of probably one-year and a slight raise over his salary of $1 million.