The Rangers annual prospect camp opens up today, around a week ahead of the full training camp expected to begin around Wednesday next week. This year sees 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and 3 goalies attending the week-long camp, which includes two games against the Flyers prospects on Friday and Saturday. Fourteen Ranger draft picks will […]
The Rangers announced late yesterday, that they have reached a two year agreement with RFA forward Alexis Lafreniere. Lafreniere had been the sole remaining RFA for the team, and his signing concludes the Summer of signings for all intents and purposes. The deal came in at 2 years, with a value of $2.325 million annually, which aligns to expectations.
The Rangers announced today that they have come to terms with 24 year old defenseman Brandon Scanlin on a one year $775K deal. The agreement comes three days ahead of Friday’s scheduled arbitration hearing that was set after Scanlin became the only eligible Ranger to file for arbitration.
Chris Drury signed his second RFA of the off-season today, locking up 23 year old defenseman Ty Emberson for another year for the minimum $775K contract. The right handed defenseman is one of only two right handed defensemen signed by the Rangers in Hartford, along with Mac Holloway, who was added as a UFA on July 1st.
New York locked up defenseman K’Andre Miller for two more years Tuesday, with a bridge deal worth and AAV of $3.872M. With little Cap room left, it was generally expected that this woudl be a two year bridge deal, leading into a bigger payday for the young blueliner in a couple of years. At this cost, it leaves the Rangers with about $3M or so to sign their last remaining roster play Alexis Lafreniere, and leave a little space to cover for injuries and/or trades along the way.
The headline Rangers related story – albeit a recently former one – comes from Vladimir Tarasenko, who fired his agent Paul Theofanous and hired J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson. The move comes a couple of days after Tarasenko was linked to the Carolina Hurricanes, and reportedly received multiple offers from teams in the $5.5M to $6.5M range.
Last season, defensive depth became a concern after Jarred Tinordi was claimed on waivers and Nils Lundkvist forced a trade, catching Chris Drury short as he entered the year. This time round he’s created a little more cushion, by adding four free agent blueliners, including today’s 11th UFA signing in Mac Hollowell.
In their 10th move of a busy first day of free agency, the Rangers added 31 year old defenseman Erik Gustafsson to the roster. Gustafsson split last season between the Capitals and Toronto, earning a first round pick in return for Washington at the deadline.
Chris Drury continued his busy day, inking another four players to near minimum values, in order to continue to build up the depth of the organization. The free agent frenzy has now reached eight players, with the addition of two more forwards and two defenseman, and given the size of the contracts, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could still add more once the initial flurry finishes.
Chris Drury heads into today’s NHL Free Agency period with needs on the right wing, depth defense and backup netminder, but little to no Cap space to do much. As a result he’s expected to mostly be looking at veterans or bubble players who are willing to play near the league minimum. With the exodus of five roster players, plus depth defenseman Libor Hajek who wasn’t extended a qualifying offer, the team has some gaps to fill.