NHL Rumors IX: Rangers, Senators and Blues

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Priorities for Rangers this offseason.

    1. Use a compliance buyout on Brad Richards: It’s more about the math and not about his performance. They can’t risk the cap recapture penalty.

    2. Sign Anton Stralman: His playoff performance increased the money he’ll get as a free agent.

    3. Sign Derick Brassard and other restricted free agents: Mats Zuccarello is a pending RFA that needs to be re-signed. It would be smart if the Rangers also re-signed pending UFA Benoit Pouliot. A comparable for Brassard could be Bryan Little’s five-year, $23.5 million deal.

    Three potential free agent targets for the Rangers

    1. Paul Stastny – If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, they’ll need bring in a center to replace him.

    2. Dan Boyle – If Stralman leaves, they’ll need to add a top-four defenseman.

    3. Mikhail Grabovski – Grabovski could thrive in Alain Vigneault’s system.

  • Ian Mendes: Senators GM Bryan Murray sounded pretty optimistic that he’d be able to re-sign pending UFA Milan Michalek. There is an offer on the table and are awaiting a response.
  • Jeremy Rutherford:  Blues GM Doug Armstrong on pending UFAs: “The one player we’re hoping to have a little more dialogue w/ is Ott. We had initial conversations but that’s gone quiet. The other players we told we’ll wait till we get into free agency. We never shut off (talks) but I think we’ll get into free agency.”

One Comment

  1. Jacob

    June 19, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    This is all well and good to say, but after the finals run, many of these free agents may feel it within their rights (and justly so) to demand a little more money than they otherwise would’ve. If negotiations go well, the Rangers should be able to keep this team together for next year, but even if the team finds it in their budget for one or two seasons going forward, I don’t see them pursuing big money free agents like Stasny.