Buzz: All eyes are on the Rangers and their free agents

RangersAll eyes around the league are watching the Rangers to see what they do since forwards Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle and Benoit Pouliot are UFAs along with Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman. (Ottawa Sun)

  • 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)

*This number is much higher than the often reported seven-years at $6 million per season.

**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.




13 comments
Jarred Kirzner
Jarred Kirzner

Ok Mr.Rotter in what world do you see the Rangers keeping Richards for 6, count em.... 6 more years. Not even a remote chance that happens. Callahan or Girardi are gone for sure cause there not keeping both. Most likely it's Cally who's gone. Although like M Stewart said I would prefer to trade them both rather than give them more than a 4 year deal tops.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

What I'm about to write will not make many Ranger fans happy, but I believe the Rangers need to trade both Callahan and Girardi. If the reports are accurate and Callahan gets 6.8m per and Girardi gets 6m per. That's $13.4m per year on just two players. The Rangers will have a reported $29M in cap space to work with, however; that shouldn't mean that they spend unwisely. Let's not forget the other UFA/RFA the Rangers need to decide to re-sign and also the following off season when Staal, Stepan, Hagelin, Dorsett and Talbot hit the market.

Sather can trade Callahan and Girardi before the deadline and get back in return (according to reports) at least 4 NHL and/or top prospect. Trading both of these players doesn't mean the Rangers are giving up on the season. Sather can still keep this team a contender if he makes the right moves. Obviously, getting back a NHL ready D-man (righthanded) in either trade would be needed. There have been many reports on who the Rangers can get for either player, I won't address specific players, but I will say that now is the time to trade them while their value is up. I fear if the Rangers re-sign them we will have another Wade Redden and Chris Drury contracts on our hands.

andyedelson
andyedelson

Stralman seems to be the most under-the-radar UFA. He's turned himself into a steady and dependable top-4 D on a pair with Staal. He could get $2.5 - $3 mil a year. However if Girardi gets paid and with Klein signed long-term, not sure where Sather finds the money. The problem then becomes finding a replacement on the right side. Is McIlrath ready? He's close, but I'm not confident he will be ready to play 82 games next year. Falk, Johnson and Allen are all lefties. John Moore is due a raise coming off his entry-level deal and didn't look comfortable playing on the right. Whether it's Girardi or Stralman who is the odd-man out, the Rangers will have a hole to fill on the right side of the D next year.


As for Brian Boyle, I'm a fan, but I can't see how he fits into the Ranger's cap picture. Even without the goals, he will still be looking for a raise next year. Seeing the way Mike Babcock and others around the league have gushed about him, it seems highly likely, like Brandon Prust a couple summers ago, he could get overpaid on the open market. Even though he's as loyal as they come and doesn't seem to be a guy who's all about chasing the dollars, it would be hard to see him turn down an offer from another team of a significant raise and more playing time. Plenty of teams would use him as a 3rd line checking center.


bigb22
bigb22

Richards must be bought out, the recap or retirement penalties are too high. Since we need to make a buyout decision on him before free agency starts, I would trade a 6th or 7th to Colorado after the season for exclusive negotiating rights to Stastny so we could know before the buyout if we have a replacement number 1 center.

Doug Cerasi
Doug Cerasi

The JT Miller's of the world need to step up.  That would allow to let a Pouliot walk.  At some point I can see a guy like Danny Kristo finding a productive spot on this team

Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill

Won't buy out Richards? You're nuts. The HAVE to buy him out

Doug Cerasi
Doug Cerasi

I think you have to buy out Richards (what would he get in open market?)...I also think Stralman may be odd man out, esp having Klein now.

I like Boyle and hope he can stay for current value

Jimmy Passadino
Jimmy Passadino

The salary cap is ridiculously low in the NHL so these small market franchises which shouldn't even be in the league can compete. How are teams supposed to build teams that stay together and grow with such a low number.

I think from that list the only lock to not going anywhere and will be signed up is Kreider.

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

@Michael Stewart Nice to see you're willing to write this season off.  Personally, I think we've got as good of a chance as anybody to come out of the East this year.

bigb22
bigb22

Zuke most certainly deserves a nice 3 year deal. I would bring back both Moores and Brass if they don't get much of a raise.