UPDATE, 10:13 a.m.: The spending spree has already begun! The Rangers have re-signed Matt Zaba. Let’s just say if this is the big splash of the summer, your team is in trouble.
So what are the odds that the Rangers re-sign anyone before noon tomorrow?
Well, think about it for a second: You are an impending free agent. You have had all spring to entertain offers from your own team, and in roughly 27 hours, you will now be able to entertain offers from the rest of the NHL as well.
I am not an economics professor — in fact, I can barely balance a checkbook — but it only makes sense for you to see what’s out there, especially given the “exorbitant sums already being handed out”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=242037&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl to players who are not exactly Hall of Famers.
That being said, there is the possibility that the Rangers submit to the fear of the unknown and present one of their free agents with a contract offer enticing enough to sign now. So for instance, not wanting to risk Michal Rozsival being offered $5 million a season, the Rangers come in with a comparable sum today, all while appealing to the sense of security and loyalty Rozsival has developed in New York.
The odds of this happening are pretty slim, especially since this could have easily happened a week ago, too. But who knows: with the deadline approaching, some teams might now be feeling the heat more than ever.
Either way, stay tuned to the blog over the next few days. We will be monitoring everything closely, so don’t forget to check back often..