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Carolina’s Push Toward Youth is Both Promising and Perilous

The future is now in Carolina, where the old guard is out, an influx of youth is taking over and everyone is looking to put the injury-plagued woes that ruined things a season ago far, far behind them.

With the retirement of former captain Rod Brind’Amour symbolizing the changing of the guard in Raleigh, which started with Eric Staal succeeding Brind’Amour as team captain in January last season, the process of remolding the club is well underway. The 25-year-old Staal will have some veteran support in his first full year wearing the ‘C’ but Carolina’s heavy reliance on several key youngsters is a make-or-break formula for success this season. If the kids collectively respond to the challenge, the ‘Canes have enough going for them to cause trouble in the Southeast and surprise a lot of people. Some growing pains are sure to be felt, however, in such a transitional year for the franchise and immediate success probably takes a back seat to more long-term achievements.

Avoiding the injury bug has to be high on the list of priorities for a club that holds the unfortunate distinction of hitting the 300 man-games lost to injury milestone a year ago.

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Afternoon Line

“Obviously, I’ve got to come in and play well and show I belong.  I know there are a lot of defensemen in camp, a lot of young guys coming in. Obviously, they’ve got some choices to make. I’ve got to feel good about what I do.”

-Wade Redden of the New York Rangers.  More from Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants at The Record.

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Are The Rangers Good Enough?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

At the moment, the Rangers seem to be a collection of interchangeable second- and third-tier parts, nearly all of whom are coming off bad seasons. Nearly every addition, from free agent Alexander Frolov to trade acquisitions Steve Eminger and Todd White to tryout invitees Ruslan Fedotenko and Garnet Exelby, is at a career nadir.

This means that each one has something to prove, but with important Rangers incumbents—such as Chris Drury, Sean Avery and Michal Rozsival—seeking to re-establish themselves as impact players, it’s far better to have fewer question marks and more declarative punctuation to the organization.

But that’s not reality. It’s one thing to have interchangeable parts if the names attached are Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin or Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov, quite another if you’re citing Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen and Todd White.


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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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