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Salary Cap Talk For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly, as first reported by Sportsnet on Tuesday, has counseled club executives that the cap, which will increase by $1 million to $83.5 million next year, is expected to rise to an approximate $87.5 million to $88 million for 2024-25 and up to $92 million for 2025-26.

Though those represent projections and not guarantees, that would represent a two-year increase of 10.18 percent. That would signify the biggest such jump since an 11.04 percent increase over the two-season span from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

That is welcome news for Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury, who will be charged with keeping goaltander Igor Shesterkin on Broadway before he can hit the open market in, somewhat serendipitously, 2025-26.

Keep in mind that by that time, the strict no-move clauses will have expired on Chris Kreider’s and Jacob Trouba’s deals, both following 2023-24. The same holds true for Vincent Trocheck’s after 2024-25. Those will not be insignificant considerations when it comes time.

But the news does not equate to nirvana. It is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Not with Alexis Lafreniere and K’Andre Miller coming up on second contracts after this season as restricted free agents. It will remain a challenge for Drury to negotiate those deals while facing a mere $1 million cap increase to $83.5 million for 2023-24.

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More Offense Needed From The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Because though the Rangers rolled to 110 points, good for seventh-overall in the NHL, they were too dependent on Vezina winner Igor Shesterkin, who recorded a .935 save percentage, after flirting much of the season with Jacques Plante’s record .944. The Blueshirts were 28-3-1 when Shesterkin posted at least a .925 save percentage., but just 7-10-3 when he did not.

That was largely a function of a stalled five-on-five attack. The Rangers scored a sum of two goals or fewer 28 times, more than a quarter of the season. They ranked 20th in five-on-five goals per 60 minutes at 2.35 per while 31st (that’s next to last) in shot attempts and 30th in shots on net. They will have to improve in these areas to take some of the burden off their all-star netminder and incoming backup Jaro Halak.

They’ll need more even-strength production from Zibanejad, who registered only 12 goals, as compared to his 19 in 57 games in 2019-20. And they will require a meaningful contribution from Kravtsov, getting the opportunity for a top-six slot a year after the winger had said that he foresaw no path to that before skedaddling back to Russia.

Gallant joked (I think) when asked if the Rangers could rely on Shesterkin putting up similar numbers this season. Now that I think of it, I never had asked then-head coaches Tom Renney, John Tortorella or Alain Vigneault whether any could count on Henrik Lundqvist to duplicate his previous work any given season. Of course, the Blueshirts were too reliant on the King.

“Yes, because I expect Kreider to get 52 goals …,” he answered the question with a smile. “I do expect the team to be better in all areas.”

You know what? That is an expectation the Rangers should be able to meet.

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Jacob Trouba Named Captain Of The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, August 9, 2022 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that defenseman Jacob Trouba has been named the 28th captain in franchise history.

“Since he joined the Rangers, Jacob has consistently displayed all of the qualities we want in a leader on and off the ice,” Drury said. As we look to take the next step as an organization, he is a role model for all of our players to follow and the perfect choice to be our captain.”

“Right away when I got here, it was clear that Jacob had a certain presence in the locker room and among his teammates that exemplify what you need out of a captain,” said Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant. “With where our team is at and where we want to be, he is the right person to lead us there.”

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A Two-Year Deal With Kaapo Kakko And the New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 28, 2022 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Kaapo Kakko on a two-year contract extension.

Kakko, 21, played in 43 games for the Blueshirts in 2021-22, recording seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points and a plus-nine rating. In addition, Kakko registered five points (2G-3A) in 19 playoff games.

The Turku, Finland native has skated in 157 career NHL games, all with New York, collecting 26 goals and 32 assists for 58 points. Kakko’s 58 points are tied for the fourth most all-time among Rangers who were 20 or younger as of January 31 in that season.

In 2020-21, Kakko registered 17 points (9G-8A) and a plus-three rating in 48 games with the Rangers. He tied for sixth among NHL players 20 years old or younger in goals. In his rookie season (2019-20), the 6-3, 205 pound forward recorded 23 points (10G-13A) in 66 games. He tallied eight goals and 19 points while he was 18 years old; the 19 points were the most by an 18-year-old in Rangers history and the eight goals were tied for the most by an 18-year-old in franchise history (tied with Manny Malhotra).


 

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Matthew Tkachuk To The Rangers Will Not Happen

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They have neither the cap space nor the means to create it. Wishing it so doesn’t make it achievable.

But maybe, you say, maybe there is a chance that Jacob Trouba would waive his no-move clause. Maybe that’s how the Blueshirts could clear $8 million.

Maybe, you suggest, maybe Artemi Panarin would be willing to waive his no-move clause in the wake of his disappointing playoffs. Maybe that’s how the club could clear $11.64 million.

Yes, and maybe I will sprout a foot this summer and join Jalen Brunson on the Knicks in October.

Here is the incontrovertible fact. The Blueshirts have seven players carrying cap hits of at least $5 million per. Five of them have no-move clauses through at least 2023-24. They would be Trouba (2023-24), Chris Kreider (2023-24), Vincent Trocheck (2024-25), Panarin (2025-26) and Mika Zibanejad (2029-30).

The other two are Igor Shesterkin and Adam Fox.

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Vincent Trocheck To The Rangers

from TSN,

The New York Rangers have signed forward Vincent Trocheck to a seven-year contract that carries a $5.625 cap hit.

The 28-year-old scored 21 goals and had 51 points in 81 games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Why Not Patrick Kane To The New York Rangers?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

General manager Chris Drury and his staff left Montreal essentially in the same position as they arrived on Monday other than taking care of the Alexandar Georgiev situation. The Rangers are still in desperate need of a second-line center through either a trade or a free-agent signing.

But maybe that’s not exactly how to frame it.

Perhaps it is more accurate to suggest that Drury’s priority is to create a top-six that can score in the later rounds of the playoffs as his team seeks to take the next — and largest — step of them all in going from contender to champion.

Getting a formidable 2C would seem the most purposeful way to fulfill that objective, but what if instead that would entail getting a powerhouse right wing to play across from Artemi Panarin?

The question I am posing is this: If Drury believes this team is close enough to winning a Cup in 2023 to pay big for a one-year rental, would it make more sense to go as far in as possible for Patrick Kane instead of J.T. Miller?

I started talking about Kane last year and probably won’t stop until the right winger, who has won three Cups with Chicago and is probably Panarin’s all-time favorite linemate, either goes somewhere else or pledges his undying loyalty to the Blackhawks, who are fast on their way to becoming the NHL’s version of the Oakland Athletics.

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New York Rangers Trade Alexandar Georgiev To Colorado

added 12:57pm, NYR release is below.

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Cap Squeeze Hits The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Ryan Strome and Andrew Copp both intend to hit the free agent open market on July 13, multiple sources have told The Post, thus creating an urgent need for the Rangers to acquire a second-line center.

It is believed that general manager Chris Drury is focusing on the trade market rather than free agency to fill the vacancy that will be created by the departure of Strome, who has operated as the club’s second-line pivot — and Artemi Panarin’s partner — for the last three seasons.

Copp, who played right wing on the second unit and who filled in at center for a handful of games when Strome was sidelined with an injury to the pelvic region, was a candidate to fill that spot in the middle, but he and the Blueshirts could not reach a contract agreement.

The Rangers, who are operating with approximately $10.13 million of space with several holes that need to be filled, could not accommodate the asking prices of either Strome or Copp, who are understandably seeking to maximize their earning power at their first crack at free agency.

We’re told that neither party has closed the door to a Copp return if circumstances warrant. A second source suggested that the Rangers and Strome could take a second look at one another on Day Two of free agency if the center is unsigned and the club has not yet filled the vacancy.

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The New York Rangers Need To Get Bigger And Tougher

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

To a man, following exit interviews with president and GM Chris Drury, the Rangers talked of “unfinished business” on Monday in their final interactions with the press. They expressed the strong opinion that the team doesn’t necessarily need to add ingredients but instead can take that next step by applying the lessons learned this time around. That’s exactly what you’d expect from this group whose self-belief was a significant component in the club’s success.

But even though it seemed as if the Rangers were close when they held a 2-0 lead midway through Game 3 in Tampa Bay after having won the opening two contests of the series at the Garden, the longer the series evolved, the farther away the Cup became.

Because let’s face it, the Blueshirts were ultimately physically dominated by a Tampa Bay team that did not relent for so much as a single shift. Borrowing a precept of Freddie Shero’s almost a half a century old, the Lightning arrived on time and with malice. They hit with purpose. The Rangers could not win battles. The Rangers could not get to the inside. For the only time in the playoffs, the Rangers looked small.

And so as it was Drury’s responsibility last summer to add grit, sandpaper, mental and physical toughness and leadership pedigree to supplement the considerable talent that had been amassed under Jeff Gorton’s tenure as GM, it will now be on him to add size, bulk and a meaner edge up front.

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