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Garrioch provides a wider-focus estimation of the Rangers’ roster issues

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's in fine form as we approach the NHL's pre-Olympic roster freeze, and I think this take on the Rangers' roster situation is important to spotlight given the fact that Ryan Callahan's status is stealing the show...

All eyes are on the Rangers. Forwards Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot along with defencemen Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman all become UFA’s on July 1. The troubles don’t stop there, winger Derrick Brassard is in the last year of a contract he signed while with Columbus. He’s a restricted free agent and will come up a winner at arbitration if he can’t get a deal done. All this makes the buyout of Brad Richards pretty much inevitable and it also means other players will be packing their bags. The talk is Callahan wants a seven-year deal worth $6.85 million per-season (that’s exactly what Patrice Bergeron got with Boston) and it’s doubtful the Rangers will pony up. The Blues, Wings and Kings all need help up front. Girardi could be a headache as well because he wants $6 million per-season on a long-term deal.

If the Rangers buy out Richards, his status will obviously change the UFA market's landscape considerably...

And this isn't trade-related, but it's intriguing:

Two charters will leave from New York and one from Atlanta next Sunday to take NHL players and staff to Sochi.

I can't imagine that oodles of NHL'ers are making likely New York-to-Amsterdam-to-Moscow-to-Sochi flights on their own, and given the number of players involved, we're probably talking about wide-bodied jets. I wonder if you can charter a 777?

Garrioch continues at length, discussing the impact of John Tortorella's shenanigans on the Canucks, the fates of Ryan Miller, Ales Hemsky and a possible mini-sale by the Oilers, Thomas Vanek's status, P.A. Parenteau's future, a possible Dan Boyle back-to-Tampa scenario and Steven Stamkos's Olympic participation.

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  Tags: anton+stralman, benoit+pouliot, brad+richards, brian+boyle, dan+girardi, new+york+rangers, ryan+callahan

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wolverine's avatar

From Bruce Garrioch ” My own thinking is the Kings and Canucks (two teams that have to get going) should at least investigate the asking price ...(for Ryan Miller) ”  What????  LA just traded away, for a 3rd round pick, the guy with the best save percentage (.937) and the 3rd best goals against average (1.93) in the entire NHL in Ben Scrivens.  In fact, if their back up, Martin Jones, had played in 4 more games, he’d have the best save percentage (.940) and 2nd best GAA (1.71) in the NHL.  Did I mention that Jonathan Quick was the MVP of the Stanley Cup winning LA Kings in 2012 and is going to the Olympics and will probably end up being the number one goalie for team USA.  The Kings need scoring, not goaltending, so yeah, LA should look into getting Ryan Miller.  Hope this was just a typo, Bruce.

Posted by wolverine on 02/02/14 at 02:18 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

Does anyone in their right mind believe that callahan and girardi are deserving of their supposed salary demands?  This can’t be real.  No gm in their right mind would give callahan a dime over 5 milllion on a 5 plus year deal.  The guy is injury prone big time, and although he plays with heart, look for him to be injured half the season, especially as the years go by he will become even more brittle due to his playstyle.  Signing callahan is a BIG gamble.  Girardi is worth 4-5 max with 5 being on the generous side.  Can’t wait to see which idiot GM signs these posers for a ridiculous price.  Neither are worth it.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 02/02/14 at 06:43 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Yakupov and picks to Sabres for Miller sounds good.
Girardi will get paid by someone. He’ll make a great playoff push addition to any team.
Parenteau has been a healthy scratch a few games by coach Roy. Doghouse City and perhaps and way our of mile high city.
Kings should send Martin Jones and a defenseman/ young forward or pick to Isle for Vanek. Kings in terrible scoring drought and are in deep on defenseman.
Olympics/trade talk nice distraction from lame shootouts and parity league standings grind.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 02/02/14 at 06:59 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

probably doesnt make much sense for the oilers to trade for miller.  He will be a ufa after this season and they likely gunning for a lottery pick since making the playoffs is near impossible.  Furthermore, even if they trade for him, if he doesnt resign then they will lose all those high end prospects for nothing.  Much safer to try and sign him in the off season.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 02/02/14 at 02:40 PM ET

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