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Kevin Shattenkirk Appears To Be Signing With The New York Rangers



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Afternoon Line- Henrik Lundqvist

“You expect changes every year because that’s just part of the business we’re in, but this summer has been a little different because of the magnitude of the moves, Losing guys that you have played with for so long will obviously affect you on a personal level.

“These are players you get to know really well over the years. You care for them and their families. We’re all going to miss them.”

Henrik Lundqvist via email to the New York Post.  Larry Brooks has more.

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Brendan Smith Signing With The Rangers Is Official

NEW YORK, June 29, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Brendan Smith on a new contract.

Smith, 28, split this past season between the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, registering three goals and six assists for nine points, along with a plus-one rating and 63 penalty minutes in 51 games. He established a career-high in average ice time in 2016-17 (19:14). Smith played 18 games with the Rangers after he was acquired from Detroit on February 28, 2017, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with a plus-two rating and 29 penalty minutes. He averaged 20:09 of ice time per game with the Blueshirts during the past season, logging at least 20:00 of ice time in 11 of 18 regular season games with the Rangers, and he ranked second on the team in average even strength ice time in 2016-17 (18:20).

The 6-2, 211-pounder also skated in 12 games with the Rangers during the 2017 Playoffs, registering four assists, along with a plus-eight rating and 20 penalty minutes. Smith established playoff career-highs in assists, plus/minus rating, and average ice time (19:41) in the playoffs this year. In addition, he tied for 10th in the NHL – and tied for fifth among NHL defensemen – in plus/minus rating in the playoffs. Smith led the Rangers in plus/minus rating, ranked second in penalty minutes, tied for third in assists, and ranked fifth in average ice time and blocked shots (14) in the playoffs. He also ranked second among Rangers defensemen in assists and tied for third among Rangers defensemen in points (four) in the playoffs.

Smith has skated in 309 career NHL games over parts of six seasons (2011-12 – 2016-17) with the Rangers and Detroit, registering 16 goals and 55 assists for 71 points, along with a plus-two rating and 310 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in goals (five), assists (14), and points (19) with Detroit during the 2013-14 season. Smith has recorded at least 60 blocked shots in three of the last four seasons, and he established a career-high in hits with 94 during the 2015-16 season with the Red Wings. He has helped his team make the playoffs in each of his five full seasons in the NHL, and he has registered 10 points (two goals, eight assists), along with a plus-nine rating and 44 penalty minutes in 39 career NHL playoff contests.

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Brendan Smith Staying With The New York Rangers

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

NYR and Brendan Smith are close to finalizing what is expected to be a four-year deal.

It will be an AAV of $4.35M.

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Don’t Do It New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The last thing the Rangers should do and the last thing the Rangers intend to do is to leap head-first into the free-agent pool and dole out the kinds of long-term, big-money contracts to players on the wrong side of 26 years of age that have handcuffed this franchise the past two seasons.

The temptation and the cap space in the wake of Derek Stepan’s departure to the desert are both there, all right, for general manager Jeff Gorton to outbid the world and grant defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and center Alexander Radulov lengthy deals for $40 million plus.

But that would be all wrong for this franchise, which is kind of mystery meat at the moment. This is the time for Gorton to take a deep breath and etch a plan for the future through which the Blueshirts retain maximum maneuverability and are not caught with guys who can be expected to naturally regress three or four years into their respective contracts.

The Rangers just escaped cap hell in a painful process in which they essentially were forced to shed Stepan and Dan Girardi, franchise bedrocks who became contract anvils. They are not going to take the immediate plunge back into it by signing Shattenkirk, whom they have had repeated opportunities to acquire over the past 15 months, or Radulov.


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Sounds Like A New York Rangers/Arizona Coyotes Trade Is In The Works

Fun day so far.


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Be Careful With Those Contracts For Defensive Defensemen

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

New Yorkers who have their mail delivered to Midtown addresses are not among the 99 percent required to clip coupons. The Rangers are no exception. The Blueshirts are not pressed for cash considering their ticket sales at Madison Square Garden and television revenue via MSG Network.

In that way, the $13 million they owed Dan Girardi over the next three seasons was not the issue. It was Girardi’s declining performance and $5.5 million average annual value that prompted the Rangers to buy out the defensive defenseman’s contract....

The Bruins had to buy out Dennis Seidenberg, a defenseman with a similar skill set and a $4 million AAV. The Maple Leafs sprinted to rid themselves of Dion Phaneuf’s seven-year, $49 million contract. The Flyers tucked Andrew MacDonald in the minors for part of 2015-16 because his $5 million AAV did not correspond with his inconsistent defensive abilities.

The Rangers would like to sign Kevin Shattenkirk, a New Rochelle, N.Y., native. But they may not be able to afford the point-producing defenseman because of Girardi’s buyout number and the raise due to restricted free agent Mika Zibanejad.

The Rangers are not alone in regrettable defense-first signings. Chicago’s usual cap crunch is not aided by the $6.875 million due to Brent Seabrook annually through 2024. Ex-Bruin Johnny Boychuk is entering the second season of a seven-year, $42 million payday. Defenseman Brooks Orpik has two seasons left on a five-year, $27.5 million deal with the Capitals. All three could be facing future buyouts, not because they can’t play, but because their contracts are not in line with their contributions. 

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The New York Rangers Will Buy Out Dan Girardi

NEW YORK, June 14, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team will buy out the contract of defenseman Dan Girardi.

“Dan’s contributions to the New York Rangers organization have been immeasurable,” Rangers President Glen Sather said. “He has been a role model through his relentless determination, giving everything he had to this organization both on and off the ice. He, Pam, Landon, and Shaye will always be a part of the Rangers family.”

“I would like to thank Dan for everything he has given of himself to the Rangers over 11 seasons,” Gorton said. “He has been one of the key contributors to our success over the past decade. We have the utmost respect for Dan and wish him all the best going forward.”

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If The New York Rangers Want To Sign Brendan Smith

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Brendan Smith’s sights are not necessarily set on hitting the open market on July 1, but the impending free-agent defenseman’s agent made it clear Monday that while the 28-year-old could eschew free agency to remain with the Rangers, it would have to be for a fair market value deal.

“Brendan has told me that he enjoyed the entire experience of playing in New York and being with the Rangers and that he certainly would consider signing a new deal and going back instead of becoming a free agent,” Anton Thun told The Post. “But at the same time, I want to make it clear that he hasn’t told me, ‘Get a deal done with the Rangers.’

“He’s looking for a good fit with a good organization, and the Rangers certainly qualify. But to pass up free agency, Brendan’s going to need a contract that reflects market value.”...

It is difficult to project the Rangers’ cap space for next season until a resolution is reached regarding potential buyouts of Dan Girardi and/or Marc Staal and possible trades of core forwards. Suffice to say, however, it will likely take a deal of four or five years between $4 million and $4.5 million per to keep Smith from sniffing around the open market. The Blueshirts certainly should be able to afford that.


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Would Any Team Trade For Henrik Lundqvist?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

All right, Lundqvist’s age, which will be 36 next spring. Tim Thomas won the Vezina during his age-36 season and the Stanley Cup two months after turning 37. Dominik Hasek won the Stanley Cup at age 37. Patrick Roy was four months shy of 36 when he won his last Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur was 40 when he outplayed the Vezina-winning Lundqvist and carried the Devils over the Rangers in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

Now, would the Rangers consider trading Lundqvist, who, as you know, has a no-move clause? I believe that if approached, management would inquire whether the goaltender would accept a trade to the interested party.

Putting aside lifestyle and family issues for the sake of this conversation as far as Lundqvist granting his permission, it would have to be from a team fancying itself only an upper-echelon goaltender away from the Cup and could afford the $8.5 million cap hit on Lundqvist’s contract, which runs through 2020-21.

I just don’t see any of those clubs out there. I don’t see Florida — which missed the playoffs — attempting to bring in Lundqvist when they have Roberto Luongo. I don’t see St. Louis making that leap, though could you imagine Brodeur as Lundqvist’s goalie coach? I don’t see a single analogous scenario to the one in 2001, when the powerhouse Red Wings, superseded by the Avalanche and Roy, obtained Hasek from the Sabres after the Czech asked to be traded to a contender.


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