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Did The Rangers Overpay Staal?

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Now comes the news that restricted free agent Marc Staal has agreed to terms on a five-year, $19.875 million deal, one that will take him one year into unrestricted free agency before he can negotiate again.

Too much for your basic stay-at-home defenceman? A smart deal to lock up a 23-year-old core asset? A deal that should scare the heck out of the Maple Leafs, with Luke Schenn likely to be comparing himself to Staal when his contract expires in July?

With the NHL, it’s always difficult trying to compare apples and apples, let alone apples and oranges. Anaheim signs Bobby Ryan to a deal that’s roughly 25 per cent more than Staal’s, but Ryan is a 30-goal scorer with potential to score 50. There are so few of those kinds of scorers that its hard not to imagine that the price differential between the players should be greater.

Moreover, Staal had no real leverage with the Rangers. No offer sheet or a realistic expectation of one. No rival league. No arbitration rights.

But they paid up anyway, ostensibly to lock Staal up and obviously believing there’s greater upside to his game, particularly his offensive game, than has been demonstrated so far.

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Marc Staal/Rangers Reach Agreement

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Marc Staal has agreed to terms with NYR. Five years, $3.975M per year. Done deal.

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Working Towards A Contract

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers and Marc Staal continue to work on contract negotiations that should yield an agreement by Friday’s opening of training camp, though Paul Krepelka, the restricted free agent’s representative, said yesterday by e-mail, “No deal is done yet.”

It is believed that the Blueshirts and their 23-year-old, first-pair defenseman are working on a deal in excess of the four years for which the club owns his rights under the current CBA. Staal is coming off a three-year Entry Level contract he signed following his first-round selection at 12th overall in the 2005 Entry Draft.

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Fedotenko Going To Rangers Camp

via TSN,

Ruslan Fedotenko has confirmed that he has accepted an offer from the New York Rangers to attend their training camp on a tryout basis.

The 31-year old Fedotenko suffered through statistically the worst season in nearly a decade last year, scoring 11 goals and adding 19 assists while posting a team worst -17 rating with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.  He was also held scoreless in six playoff games.

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The Bolts Beat, 09/03/10: With Special Guests Steve Downie and Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat (and the show’s debut here at Kukla’s Korner), JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran visit with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Downie to discuss last season’s individual success, off-season training with Gary Roberts, rivalries and much more. Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski drops in as well and touches on Ilya Kovalchuk, the recent Mt. Blogmore series, the newly rekindled bloggers/main stream media access debate and gives his opinion on how the Lightning might fare in 2010-11. Finally, Tampabaylightning.com contributor Mark Pukalo steps into the studio to add his two cents while helping to answer questions from The Bolts Beat mailbag.

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Marc Staal Wants To Stay In New York

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

As negotiations between the Rangers and restricted free agent Marc Staal drag on into late August, rumors of pending offer sheets for the talented young defenseman have started to surface.

But offer sheets aren’t the focus right now, said Staal’s agent Paul Krepelka of the Orr Hockey Group.

“The report of an offer sheet is absolutely unfounded and our priority and focus is on finalizing a deal with the Rangers,” Krepelka wrote in an e-mail to Sporting News.

t’s been a quiet summer so far for restricted free agents without arbitration rights but slowly deals are getting done. Thrashers forward Bryan Little signed earlier this week to a two-year deal worth $7.15 million and Patric Hornqvist signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract with the Predators following Little’s deal.

Plenty of restricted free agents remain, however, including Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, Colorado’s Peter Mueller and Atlanta’s Niclas Bergfors.

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All Tortorella

from Stan Fischler of MSG,

Right off the bat, I asked Torts to give me some reasons for optimism.

“I feel good about what we did so far this Summer,” he shot back. “We didn’t deal any of our kids and the foundation for the team is in place. We have to build a club without relying totally on free agency.

“We want to keep our youthful core and keep adding to it.”

He also is pleased that Glen Sather signed Martin Biron, an experienced goaltender who will provide the Rangers what they’ve lacked since just after the last Lockout; someone who can enable Henrik Lundqvist to obtain more rest than he’s had for years.

“Marty is a good back-up goalie,” said Tortorella. “I’d like to see him play between seventeen and twenty games next season. He’s solid and I expect him to win games.

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Boogaard In the Rangers Corner

from Dan David of NewYorkRangers.com,

The last two Rangers teams that went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final could both point to one of the NHL’s most feared enforcers on their roster.

In 1979, there was Nick Fotiu—a former amateur boxing champion whose tenacity and ability to intimidate division rivals such as the Islanders and Flyers remain the stuff of Garden legend more than 30 years later. Fotiu saw his physical role as a responsibility to protect teammates, but when he did throw his weight around, he turned heads throughout the league.

In 1994, there was Joe Kocur, already one of hockey’s toughest tough guys long before he arrived in New York at age 26 and a valued member of the championship team. Kocur sparked so much fear in opponents that his total penalty minutes dropped as a Ranger because by then most other NHL enforcers weren’t so eager to take him on.

Like Fotiu and Kocur before him, new Rangers forward Derek Boogaard is a player in the prime of his career, and his reputation is both well-deserved and well-established.

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Talking Wade Redden

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Opening with a question to which I am certain the Rangers have no answer: What if Wade Redden is one of the team’s two or three best defensemen in training camp?

There’s no doubt the plan calls for Redden to be waived at some point during camp so his $6.5 million albatross of a cap hit can be removed from the ledger when the season commences, no doubt whatsoever.

The construction of the roster, including the recent signing of Alexander Frolov and trade for Todd White, indicates GM Glen Sather expects to have Redden’s space available, and so does pretty much everything the organization is communicating this summer to anyone in the industry who will listen.

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The Story Of Mr. Kwong

from Tom Hawthorn of the Globe and Mail,

Mr. Kwong was the 14th of 15 children born to an immigrant grocer with the venerable name Eng. The family became known as Kwong from their grocery store Kwong Hing Lung (Abundant Prosperity). He lost his father at age 5. Like so many boys, he spent cold winter evenings during the Depression listening to Foster Hewitt broadcast hockey games on the radio.

He played the game himself on borrowed skates with makeshift equipment on the frozen ponds of the Okanagan. From so humble a beginning, his great skill as a skater and sharpshooter earned him a spot with the Smoke Eaters in Trail, where he was barred from taking a well-paying job at the smelter like his teammates because of his ethnic heritage. Instead, he worked as a bellboy, a servile job. He played more senior hockey in Nanaimo and Vancouver before enlisting in the army during the Second World War. In 1946, at age 23, the fleet forward joined the New York Rovers, an amateur team that played at Madison Square Garden.

The Manhattan sportswriters called him King Kwong, a teasing nickname for a man who stood just 5-foot-6, weighed just 150 pounds.

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I pointed to a story back in early April of 2009 on Mr. Kwong if you want to read the intro since the link no longer is available.  Also, a link to his Legends of Hockey page is available too.

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