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Off-Season For The New York Rangers Starts Slowly

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The work necessary to maintain the Rangers’ five-year run as an upper-echelon team will continue following this NHL Entry Draft weekend, over which general manager Jeff Gorton was unable to get much accomplished.

“I think we have things to do to get us where we want to go,” Gorton said Saturday. “We’re in a spot where we’re trying to get better, trying to make deals to get better. We’ve been in a lot of [trade] conversations. We’re listening to everything and we’ll see where it goes. We tried to do some things, and I’d say we came close to doing something to get into the first round, but it didn’t work out and we weren’t going to be forced into doing something just to do it.”

Better safe than sorry for the Blueshirts, no doubt about that. There is time to renovate before the free-agent market opens July 1, there is time to renovate before camp opens in mid-September, and there is time to renovate before next season’s trade deadline. A year ago at this time, the Penguins weren’t anyone’s idea of a contender, much less a Stanley Cup champion.

But if there were no acceptable deals to be had this weekend, the process of remodeling a roster filled with expensive (some would say, onerous) contracts isn’t necessarily going to get any easier for Gorton, who has been steadfast in not offering assets such as Rick Nash and Derek Stepan at a discount.

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The New York Rangers Acquire Nick Holden From The Colorado Avalanche

NEW YORK, June 25, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their own fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Holden, 29, skated in 82 games with Colorado this past season, registering six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists, average ice time (21:52), hits (217), and blocked shots (118). Holden ranked second on Colorado – and led Avalanche defensemen – in hits, ranked third in average shorthanded ice time (2:20) and blocked shots (118), and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season. In addition, he was one of five players on Colorado – and one of two Avalanche defensemen – who skated in all of the team’s 82 games in 2015-16.

The 6-4, 210-pounder has skated in 221 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 – 2015-16) with Columbus and Colorado, registering 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points, along with a plus-one rating and 74 penalty minutes. Holden established career-highs in goals (10), assists (15), points (25), and plus/minus rating (plus-12) in 2013-14. In his three seasons with the Avalanche (2013-14 – 2015-16), he led Colorado defensemen in hits (491), and he ranked third among Colorado defensemen in goals (21), assists (40), and points (61).

The St. Albert, Alberta, native was originally signed by Columbus as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2008.

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Nothing Yet From The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers made like the person on line at the deli counter of a supermarket whose ticket is numbered 81 while Ticket No. 1 was being served. Which is to say, the Blueshirts waited … and waited … and waited through a night largely devoid of drama that began with Toronto’s first-overall selection of Auston Matthews.

The Blueshirts did not move Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider or Kevin Klein (Klein surfaced Friday as possible trade bait). The Blueshirts are not offering their assets at a discount. And while Kevin Shattenkirk remains in St. Louis after a deal with Edmonton collapsed, the Rangers are not pursuing the right defenseman with only one year remaining on his contract prior to potential free agency.

But it is not as if the carriage turned into a pumpkin at midnight. This was not the trade deadline. Gorton, whose team has selections 81, 98, 141, 171, 174 and 201 as the draft concludes with rounds two through seven on Saturday, will continue to work on deals in advance of July 1 free agency.

The Rangers have $56 million in cap space committed to a shadow roster of 15 players (two goaltenders, five defensemen and eight forwards), thus leaving $17 million to complete the 21- or 22-man roster. That $17 million would include the approximately $9 million to $10 million it likely would take to re-sign impending restricted free agents Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath (if not traded).

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Will The New York Rangers Pull Off A Trade?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Rick Nash is still a Ranger, so is Chris Kreider and so is Derek Stepan. So, for that matter are Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Sources have told The Post that the Rangers are not offering their assets at a discount; that while Gorton is committed to a summer remodeling, he is not going to take 60 or 80 cents back on the dollar for his top assets simply to create cap space or acquire badly needed draft selections. At the moment, the Blueshirts are not scheduled to pick until 81st overall after having dealt away their first- and second-round selections.

Regarding Nash, who despite an off-the-charts bad 2015-16 has been the Rangers’ best forward by a considerable margin over his four seasons in New York: The Post has been told the Blues are not interested in dealing for No. 61, even if the 32-year-old winger is one of the St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock’s all-time favorite players....

Sources also have told The Post that Nash — who has submitted a list of 12 teams to whom he can be sent as per his modified no-trade contract clause — would not approve a trade to a Canadian team. Options for a deal are thus limited.

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How To ‘Reset’ The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Jeff Gorton is not seeking a rebuild for the Rangers, but rather what multiple individuals within the industry have categorized as a “reset” following the 2015-16 Last Ride that ended bloody with that five-game, first-round, face wash by Pittsburgh.

But the counterintuitive reality confronting Gorton is that in order to give the Rangers a face lift on the fly that will afford the team a chance to contend for a Stanley Cup in Henrik Lundqvist’s age 34/35 season, the general manager is going to have to be willing to trade two or three of his best players — we’re talking Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider and Kevin Klein — in order to get it done.

The Rangers are not waving the white flag. They are not engaged in a traditional rebuild, which would be a relatively easy process to kick-start by dumping everyone onto the market in order to restock the organizational cupboard that was raided throughout a four-year, all-in philosophy during which Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, a couple of months of Ryan Callahan, Anthony Duclair, Aleksi Saarela, four first-round draft picks and two seconds were traded for Rick Nash, 15 months of Marty St. Louis, 15 months of Keith Yandle, a couple of months of Eric Staal and a third-rounder used to select Pavel Buchnevich.

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Florida Panthers Acquire Keith Yandle’s Rights

 

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added 6:16pm, Rangers release is below...

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Will The New York Rangers Land Jimmy Vesey?

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Jimmy Vesey is not the first and will not be the last player to do this, but his spurning of the Predators, the team that drafted him in 2012 before he started his four-year career at Harvard University, could work out in the Rangers’ favor.

The 23-year-old offensive forward is set to become a free agent Aug. 15, and the Rangers are believed to be near the front of the line of teams that will come calling. With their assumed overhaul set to take place this summer, the Blueshirts surely can find a spot for a natural goal scorer and a natural leader, especially one who is young and relatively affordable.

“Long term, I do think Jimmy has the work ethic and the physical package to be successful at the next level,” Crimson coach Ted Donato told The Post over the phone Sunday. “He’s very versatile in how he’s able to generate offense. So I think that he will be a guy that will score goals at that level. How quickly he’ll be able to do that? There’s always an adjustment period. But I do think he’s very capable of being a guy that can be an offensive-impact player.”

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Some Talk On The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Post has learned the Blueshirts do not intend to buy out the remainder of Dan Girardi’s contract, which has four years remaining at an annual $5.5 million cap charge.

In addition, sources report management has not requested the alternate captain to waive his no-move clause (which will be replaced by a modified no-trade following 2016-17). Further, no such request is expected....

Communication remains open between the Blueshirts and Keith Yandle, still far more likely to depart than to remain. But even as The Post has learned No. 93 is not committed to getting to July 1 at the exclusion of negotiating with general manager Jeff Gorton, the price tag — expected to be a minimum $45 million over seven years — is likely to be too expensive for the Rangers.

Of course Rick Nash is available — as is everyone in the organization other than Henrik Lundqvist, Brady Skjei and Pavel Buchnevich. The Rangers, we’re told, are prepared to listen to offers for everyone.

That includes Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, each player’s availability, of course, will be dependent upon the exchange rate in return. But nothing is off the table. And the Wild are believed to have serious interest in native Minnesotan Stepan.

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Regretting The Carl Hagelin Trade In New York

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

From the Fool Them Once file: If the Rangers trade Chris Kreider to a Western Conference team, then general manager Jeff Gorton must attach a clause to the deal through which the Blueshirts would receive additional value — say, in the form of a first-round draft choice — should Kid K be sent back east within three years.

Call it Rule 62.

It is impossible to recall a trade of a support player backfiring as badly on a team as the Carl Hagelin deal has blown up in the Blueshirts’ faces. Not only did the Rangers lose a unique, and thus far irreplaceable, piece of the puzzle who personified a large part of their identity as a speed team under coach Alain Vigneault, Hagelin has wound up in Pittsburgh, thriving as an instrumental part of a powerful division rival.

This turn of events has to make the Rangers sick. All of it: the negligible return from Anaheim in the trade, which materialized out of thin air at last year’s entry draft and was completed within about five minutes; the switcheroo to Pittsburgh in mid-January after Hagelin had failed to adapt to Anaheim (or the Ducks failed to adapt to him); the revitalization of the Penguins, with the Swede playing the same role as a catalyst as he had in New York from the moment of his promotion from the AHL the day after Thanksgiving 2011.

 

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The New York Rangers Start Planning For Next Season

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers have yet to begin talks with pending restricted free agents Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath — all of whom have salary arbitration rights — or with pending unrestricted free agents Keith Yandle and Viktor Stalberg. The club is not expected to pursue a deal with deadline rental acquisition Eric Staal or with fellow pending free agents Dominic Moore and Dan Boyle.

Depending upon the 2016-17 cap number that will be established in late June, the Blueshirts currently have between $16 million and $18 million of space available for their summer business. Approximately $56.1 million is committed to goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta; defensemen Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein and Brady Skjei; wingers Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello, Jesper Fast and Tanner Glass; and centers Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard and Oscar Lindberg.

Potential 2017 expansion draft regulations that should be set by next month (if the league indeed expands for 2017-18) will factor prominently in the club’s decision-making, especially as they may affect a potential Girardi buyout — the first buyout window is from June 15-30 — or a potential Nash trade.

Girardi, Marc Staal and Lundqvist all have no-move clauses in their contracts. Nash and Brassard have limited no-trade clauses in place. McDonagh has a limited no-trade that takes effect on July 1.

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