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The New York Rangers restructured their front office Monday, promoting Jim Schoenfeld and Cameron Hope to key positions.
Schoenfeld was named assistant general manager, player personnel, while Hope was named assistant general manager, hockey administration.
The moves helped fill the void left by former assistant GM Don Maloney, who left to become GM in Phoenix. Schoenfeld was coach and GM of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford the past four seasons and he will keep the AHL GM duties in addition to his promotion.
from The Maven at MSG Network,
It would be an understatement to tell you that the (still) Rangers defenseman looks fabulous. He told me that he’s dropped something like 20 pounds, looks 10 years younger than the last time he skated for the Blueshirts and is determined to make a comeback.
“They (Rangers) didn’t buy me out,” he chortled. “And I saw Glen (Sather) recently and even he was surprised at how good I looked.”
If Kasper performs in training camp as well as he looks now, I believe that he has a good chance of making the New York varsity, no matter who the competition might be.
I only hope he has a fair chance.
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Not only does the transaction clear cap space this year, but going forward as well. Cullen was slated to make $2.8 million a year through the 2009-2010 season, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The space cleared will help the Rangers sign Sean Avery and Marcel Hossa, both of whom are headed to arbitration.
The extra elbow room may also allow Sather to possibly sign a veteran center like Michael Peca to slide into the third line center position.
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired center Matt Cullen from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
“Matt was an important member of our championship team in 2006 and we obviously know he is an excellent fit for our style of play,” said Rutherford. “He is extremely popular in our dressing room and his speed and skill will be important assets going forward.”
from The Maven,
On paper, it looks A-Number One, Yankee-Doodle-Ipsy-Pipsy.
All those “light-up-the-marquee” Rangers names.
JAGR, SHANAHAN, LUNDQVIST, GOMEZ, DRURY, just to name a few….
But, wait a moment. An overdose of stars guarantees nothing other than the fact that more pressure will be placed on Renney than on any of his multi-millionaire skaters.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The story sweeping the hockey underground is that Matt Cullen has told the Rangers he would welcome a trade after spending one year on Broadway.
“I haven’t said anything of the sort to anyone,” Cullen told The Post by phone yesterday from Nashville, Tenn., where he is appearing at an NHL charity event. “I haven’t asked to be traded, I haven’t said that I’d like to be traded, and I don’t want to be traded.
“I guess like everyone else, when we signed [Scott Gomez and Chris Drury], I wondered about the (salary) cap situation and whether there’d be room to keep everyone, but from what I’m told, there is space.
“I’ve been hearing my name lately in rumors, but none of it is coming from me. I’m excited about the team. I want to be a part of it.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...it’s a complete mystery as to why Glen Sather would have agreed to spend that much money in order to avoid a salary arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for July 24.
The GM may have been willing to go well beyond the likely arbitration award of $2.3-$2.7 million as part of an unspoken agreement with Lundqvist on a future long-term contract to be negotiated in January that would go into effect in 2008-09. But the Rangers’ 2007-08 cap situation would have been far better served by the franchise goaltender taking less this year and more the following five seasons.
from the NY Daily News,
The Daily News also has learned that Sather is shopping center Matt Cullen, with a trade back to the Carolina Hurricanes very much on the front burner. Should the Rangers shed Cullen’s contract (three years left at $2.8million per), they’d trim nearly $3million from this season’s cap hit.
That could simply provide flexibility for potential in-season moves. But it just as easily could be the first step in a plan to clear enough cap space to sign free-agent defenseman Sheldon Souray, whom the Devils and Islanders have pursued. Unloading defenseman Paul Mara’s $3million salary undoubtedly would be another requirement.
more on the Rangers…
from the New York Daily News,
...an announcement could come as early as this morning that Lundqvist has agreed to a one-year contract worth approximately $2.5 million. The deal is essentially a bridge to next season and beyond that will enable Lundqvist and the club to avoid their scheduled July 24 salary arbitration case while keeping the Rangers from having to unload players to get under this season’s $50.3 million salary cap.
The 25-year-old goaltender will get his big-money, long-term deal soon enough. After Jan. 1, 2008, the Rangers can sign Lundqvist to a lucrative and lengthy extension for 2008-09 and beyond without affecting their ‘07-08 salary-cap situation. And they almost certainly will do so.
more on Lundqvist & Shanahan…
update 11:00am, from the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
added 12:03pm, $4.25M for 1yr per TSN...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post on the negotiations with Lindqvist, Avery and Hossa,
Assuming a top-end settlement for each of the three players, the Rangers would be at almost $50 million for 23 projected roster spots. That could change in camp, of course, but at this point - even with an expanded summer cap that’s largely eaten by Darius Kasparaitis’ contract - the Rangers will have little room with which to maneuver without shedding a significant contract.
more on this topic and Souray siging for one year?
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