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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?
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Worry no more Ranger fans. “Shanny” is in the fold.
Despite Shanahan’s proclamation at season’s end, rumors persisted this off-season that No. 14 might be headed elsewhere. Shanahan however, has proven to be a real team player on-and-off the ice -both during the season and now in the off-season. He understood how important it was for GM Glen Sather to deal with more pressing issues before it came time for Shanahan to re-up.
more... and many Wings fans will agree with David’s views. We have witnessed the “Shanny delay” numerous times throughout his career with the Wings. Once he made the statement that he did, there should have been no doubt about his return.
Fan590 in Toronto reporting Shanny stays with the Rangers. Leafs Lunch reporting the same.
Now, about all those emails I received stating he was signing with the Habs… enough!
added 1:40pm, Leafs Lunch now stating on the verge of signing…
added 1:49pm, Leafs Lunch now referring to Brooks story from this morning, so let’s say they have no inside information…
update 4:03pm, from the NY Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Brendan Shanahan.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers and Brendan Shanahan are on the verge of completing a one-year deal, with the club seeking league approval on the structure of the bonuses that will be included in the 38-year-old winger’s contract, The Post has learned.
It is believed that Shanahan, who told The Post on June 20 he would work with the Blueshirts in order to grant the team as much cap maneuverability as possible, will sign for a base of approximately $2.5M with an additional $1.5-2.5M in readily attainable bonuses.
more on Shanahan and Guerin wearing the “C”...
from Rangers Report,
The Rangers indeed elected to take Henrik Lundqvist to salary arbitration. No word on a hearing date yet, but there is still the hope the two parties will reach a settlement beforehand.
According to the NHLPA site, Petr Prucha has signed for next season. Salary reported is $1.6M.
added 11:53am, 2yr deal worth $3.2M.
from the NY Daily News,
But on the day the Rangers presented their two newest stars to the media, it remained clear that summer jobs at least as important as the dual Sunday signings of Gomez and Drury remained on Sather’s list. Fortunately for the Rangers’ GM, franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and heart-and-soul winger Brendan Shanahan were heartened by the big-money acquisitions that make their re-signings a bit more tricky.
“Certainly, I’ve had enough people talking to me over the last 24 hours trying to pry me away or ask me if I’m done there,” Shanahan said. “But my feeling is: ‘No, this is just what I wanted.’
thanks to Rangers Report for the pointer…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
But those who believe that the stunning double play the Rangers pulled on Sunday - Sather to Gomez to Drury, as pretty as any turned by Tinker, Evers and Chance - signal a return to the Bad Old Days in which the Blueshirts threw bad money after bad in order to entice players to pull on the Blueshirt, well, they couldn’t be more wrong.
For despite the outlay of cash, the Rangers did not bribe these players to come to New York, the way they once bribed mercenaries such as Theo Fleury, Val Kamensky and Stephane Quintal to pull on the Blue$hirt. Drury and Gomez will wear the sweater - er, RBK Uniform System - because as badly as the Rangers wanted them, the feeling was mutual.
from the New York Rangers,
Both wearing No. 23 jerseys, Drury and Gomez were ushered out to a press conference by Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather and Head Coach Tom Renney. Recognizing that both players had a preference for No. 23, which Drury wore in Buffalo and Gomez in New Jersey, Sather flipped a puck to determine who would wear the number for the Blueshirts next season.
The winner of the puck flip was Drury, who grew up a Rangers fan in Trumbull, Conn., and has described the opportunity to play in New York as a dream come true.
more and it is my understanding the Rangers will be archiving the video of the press conference too…
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