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via the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have acquired forward Ryan Haggerty from the New York Rangers in exchange for goaltender Antti Raanta.
Haggerty, 22, totaled 33 points (15G, 18A) in his first professional season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League last season. His seven power-play goals were third most on the team. Haggerty then recorded six points (2G, 4A) in 14 postseason games.
The Stamford, Conn., native previously registered 84 points (47G, 37A) over three seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Haggerty also participated in the United States National Team Development Program from 2009-11.
Raanta, 26, posted a 7-4-1 record, including one shutout, a .936 save percentage and 1.89 goals-against average in 14 games for the Blackhawks last season. The Rauma, Finland, native also notched an 8-1-1 record, including two shutouts, a .918 save percentage and 2.39 GAA in 11 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League last season.
Raanta owns a 20-8-5 record in 29 career NHL regular-season games, all with the Blackhawks. He signed his first NHL contract as a free agent with Chicago on June 3, 2013.
Sorry for the typo in original headline.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So, Glen Sather was unable to parlay the interest in Cam Talbot into a first-round selection in the NHL draft that commenced with round one on Friday night.
But that does not mean the Blueshirts’ general manager, whose backup netminder had drawn serious interest from six teams — the Flames, Oilers, Sabres, Stars, Sharks and Panthers — as the day began, necessarily overplayed his hand.
Nor does it mean Talbot will remain a Ranger by the end of Saturday, when rounds two through seven will be conducted.
Indeed, The Post has learned the Flames, who sent the 15th, 45th and 52nd overall selections to the Bruins for Dougie Hamilton in the afternoon, intend to go back at it and submit a bid for the Blueshirts’ incumbent understudy to Henrik Lundqvist.
Additionally, The Post has learned the Panthers have offered 25-year-old center Jimmy Hayes, older brother of the Rangers’ Kevin Hayes, to the Blueshirts as part of a package for Talbot, who would then become Roberto Luongo’s backup, at least for the short-term.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers are continuing in their quest to acquire a first-rounder in exchange for Cam Talbot, with bidding on the club’s backup goaltender expected to last into Friday, The Post has learned.
Sources report general manager Glen Sather has granted interested parties permission to speak with Talbot’s agent, George Bazos, to gauge the netminder’s interest in their respective cities. Talbot is one way year away from free agency, operating under a $1.45 million contract that cannot be extended until January under CBA regulations.
The Sabres, Oilers, Sharks, Stars and Flames are in the mix for Talbot, for whom the Blueshirts have received offers of, according to one informant, “multiple second-rounders and a high second-rounder plus a pretty good prospect.”
If this offseason isn’t merely going to represent a cut-and-paste job, the question for management is whether Nash, the Rangers’ leading goal-scorer in all three of his years on Broadway and eighth in the NHL since 2012-13, has greater value to the team on the ice or as a space-opening trade chip.
-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on the plans for the New York Rangers.
fro Sreve Zipay of Newsday,
Fifteen players are under contract -- seven forwards, six defensemen and goalies Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot -- putting the club about $11.5 million under the salary cap, which is projected to be about $71 million.
With 10 of those players having various no-move or no-trade clauses, that's a serious squeeze, which means to sign their key restricted free agents -- center Derek Stepan and wingers Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast -- the Rangers must make tough choices.
They cannot afford to keep unrestricted free agent Martin St. Louis, who is 40 years old and carries a $5.6-million cap charge. He wore down late in the season and the playoffs. They almost certainly will trade Talbot, a valuable backup who is being sought by teams in need of a No. 1 netminder. He is due to earn $1.45 million in 2015-16.
And that still might not provide enough flexibility to resign RFAs and add depth, which is why there has been speculation about trading players such as defenseman Kevin Klein, who earns $2.9 million a season.
from Stan Fischler of the Daily Freeman,
I can tell you in 20 different ways.
1. Winning the President’s Trophy is good and well, but it guarantees zip in the playoffs.
2. Almost everyone — me included — underestimated the Lightning.
3. The Rangers easily beat a very weak Pittsburgh Penguins team in the first round, giving New York a false sense of security.
4. Only a lucky break enabled Alain Vigneault’s skaters to beat Washington in the second round. That should have been the tip-off that the Rangers were going to be challenged.
5. Losing the team energy pounder Mats Zuccarello in the first round turned into a mortal setback.
6. Future Hall of Famer Marty St. Louis didn’t quite cut it as the necessary replacement for Zuccarello.
7. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist can stop pucks but he cannot score goals.
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