Go Time: Free agency, part III (updated)

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Had to start a new thread again.

For all the craziness today, see the previous two posts.

Here we go again:

Vancouver, according to TSN, signed Dan Hamhuis, 6 years, $4.5M per. Not a done deal yet.

LeBron James signed with LA Clippers. Just want to see if you’re still paying attention.

Agent Jay Grossman tweets that Alexander Volchenkov is close to signing with Devils for six years!

The day’s biggest head-scratcher appears to be done: Calgary signs Olli Jokinen for two years, $3M per. What?!

Atlanta signs G Chris Mason for two years, $3.7M.

Chicago’s salary cap firesale continues: Trade of Andrew Ladd to Atlanta, for a second-round draft pick and prospect Ivan Vischnevsky, is done, says TSN.

The Hamhuis contract (above) is done now. The Volchenkov/Devils deal is done, too, six years, $25.5M.

McKenzie has Buffalo announcing a three-year deal for Jordan Leopold.

Larry Brooks reporting that Vinny Prospal could be returning with a one-year, over-35 contract.

Just got word that the Prospal deal is about done. Hearing $1M with incentives that could double it.

Agent Jay Grossman tweets that G Johan Hedberg signed with the Devils, 1 year, $1.5M, and a no-trade.

Anaheim re-signed Koivu for two years, $2.5M per

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EVENING UPDATE, 5:48 P.M.: It appears the Rangers are done for today. Glen Sather will hold a conference call at 6 p.m. We’ll do a live highlights update here, and maybe later give you the whole transcript if time allows.

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  1. If Sather isn’t fired by tomorrow im done with this team..Lets Go Knicks! Lets Go Knicks! oh wait..they didn’t sign LeBron yet…****. (goes back into hiding)

  2. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    Anyone else have a bad feeling Sutter is about to make us look real stupid?

  3. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    If Dubinsky ends up in Calgary, I’m boycotting this blog for the rest of July.

  4. How do they let Shelley walk at 1.1 mil and sign Boogaard at 1.65 mil. Gotta be the worst GM ever.

  5. “Then why haven’t they gotten a bona fide winger to play long term in Pitt the past couple of seasons?”

    That’s easier said than done. It’s hard for a team like that to bring in bona fide wingers unless by trade. And even if they do so, it will be at a cost.

    WICK

    I know he’s not meant to be a goon, but people make it seem like having this kid will automatically make teams think twice aboot running Hank, or Gabby.

    I don’t know why people think carp like this. Nobody cares aboot McIlrath, nobody cares aboot Boogaard, and nobody cares aboot Prust, and Avery.

    They’re still going to do what ever they want to Hank, Gabby or anyone else.

  6. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    actually that’s not fair to the blog… i’m boycotting the Rangers if Dubinsky ends up in Calgary.

    Carp… yea i got a bad feeling about this.

  7. I don’t know that any team has made any moves today that will significantly change their standing from last year (except Chicago’s sell-off), but that’s also a reflection of the mediocre talent pool out there. The only game-breaker is Kovy. Anything else will be through trade.

    Otherwise, it’s teams filling in holes and trading parts, while Sather once again overpays (though $1.65M is better than his usual $6.15M).

  8. NYRanger4Life on

    I really think everyone is over reacting to the whole Boogard contract. Does overpaying a 4th liner by $500k really matter??

  9. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    haha… twitter works faster than some of our brains i see. touche Carp.

  10. Brashear is going to be sent to hartford, or bought out before the season most likely, right?
    So we wont have to worry about having a cap hit from him if one of those two happens, correct?

  11. Eric (the fake) on

    Does overpaying a 4th liner by $500k really matter??

    By itself probably not but the fact is we have 10 guys who are overpaid by at least 500k. Those small savings on each guy add up.

  12. Think of it this way… everyone though Biron would get more than 1.5m.. at least I did.. so take away 600k from Boogaard and just pretend Biron is making around 1.5m lol

  13. Doodie Machetto on

    No one on the team is untradeable. It all just matters on the return.

  14. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    Iginla/Bouwmeester for Dubi/Drury/Rozi. That almost makes sense… not saying i want it to happen.
    Mostly cuz i’m a huge Dubi supporter.

  15. so we can quit hearing the bellyaching about having “3 mill” on the books for 2 enforcers, because in reality when the season comes there will only be boogard for 1.65mill

  16. Eric (the fake) on

    “Brashear is going to be sent to hartford, or bought out before the season most likely, right?
    So we wont have to worry about having a cap hit from him if one of those two happens, correct?”

    Incorrect – Brashear’s cap hit is there unless he is traded/claimed via waivers. He’s over 35.

  17. CTBlueshirt on

    Then why haven’t they gotten a bona fide winger to play long term in Pitt the past couple of seasons?”
    That’s easier said than done. It’s hard for a team like that to bring in bona fide wingers unless by trade. And even if they do so, it will be at a cost.

    ***

    Can’t be that hard, Rangers convinced Gaborik to sign here. Pens have had the resources to do so in the past they just blew it on Petr Sykora, Miro Satan and Fedetenko instead.

  18. u fail to realize we are actually paying boogey 3 mil cause in my mind he picks up brash contract

  19. Eric (the fake) on

    Can’t be that hard, Rangers convinced Gaborik to sign here. Pens have had the resources to do so in the past they just blew it on Petr Sykora, Miro Satan and Fedetenko instead.

    —-

    Those guys made $7.5 million? There is a salary cap you know right?

  20. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    Boogaard: One of the major reasons he’s going to NY was Gaborik; one of the first calls he got
    6 minutes ago via TweetDeck

  21. How the byufuglien does pittsburgh get better on defense with michalek and Martin while the rangers spend almost $4 million on nothing!?!?!?!?

  22. Maybe we can trade Brashear. Why wouldnt some team want to take a flyer on a 1 year deal enforcer like Brash?

  23. “I really think everyone is over reacting to the whole Boogard contract. Does overpaying a 4th liner by $500k really matter??”
    —it matters when we cant get a deal done with staal and that 500K could make a difference.

    What exactly is the calgary rumor? duby and roszival for iginla? how old is iginla these days? and what is his contract situation re: years and money?

  24. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    Henry,

    PIT and the Rangers are 2 very different teams. PIT is a contender, and has Crosby and Malkin. players WANT to go there and win.

  25. wicky (Say yes to Volchenkov!!!) on

    carped again

    wow, never thought I would read this
    Eklund
    It is rare that I am afraid to report a trade rumor, but what Calgary may be about to do is terrifying.

  26. The Boogaard/Brashear thing is a big deal. You cant have 3 million dollar wrapped up in goons that will play 60 games combined and not score 10 points when you do not have a first line center. Brashear counts towards the cap and buying him out does not make them better off due to the numbers and CBA rules. Its terrible

  27. @GarCasey We are trying hard to figure it out. It seemed like a done deal and Sutter asked for Ryan Callahan to replace Brandon Dubinsky. 7 minutes ago via TweetDeck in reply to GarCasey

    hopefully that is false all the way around

  28. Gab,
    the one difference between pgh and nyr is shero knows what he is doing and sather is the worst gm ever

  29. kuklaskorner RT @dchesnokov: I will update on the $ for Volchenkov’s 6 year deal in NJ shortly.
    2 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    sorry wicky

  30. dchesnokov
    Anton Volchenkov is very close (read: “Done”) to signing a 6 year deal with the New Jersey Devils. It’s safe to say Volchenkov is a Devil

    NOT GOOD!! NOT GOOD!!

  31. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    Henry,

    you will get no argument from me.

  32. CTBlueshirt on

    Those guys made $7.5 million? There is a salary cap you know right?

    ***

    Those guys made about $6mn combined the year they were signed (2008).

  33. Doodie Machetto on

    Guys, Sather totally fleeced Calgary with the Jokinen trade. It’s not crazy to think that whatever deal he works out with them will be very good for us.

    So long as it doesn’t involve signing UFAs, he has been pretty good the past 2 years.

  34. wow about volchenkov…sounds like a good D man for the devils they needed a bruiser.

    and keep callahan please!!! i can deal with losing Duby but not cally

  35. “One of the major reasons he’s going to NY was Gaborik; one of the first calls he got”

    Oh my, what’s that, was I right, Charlie?? Obvious!

    Hammer to the Devs mean we suck even more.

  36. wicky (Say yes to Volchenkov!!!) on

    orr
    I know you and some other people don’t believe me here, but playing with edge and hitting with malicious intent makes a difference on the ice. It is why pronger always finds a home and is acquired for high draft picks/talent. Mcilrath may or may not be a pronger down the road, but he plays a very similar game (at this point, fights a bit more) to him. All this being said, it will make a difference with people coming around hank. He is a mean D MAN, who is a lot closer to hank on the ice than deterring forwards and can exact physical “warnings” to opposing players a lot better than a back checking forwards can.

  37. Why is the answer no. Brashear makes like $1 million for 1 stinking year.

    Other teams are lining up for a backup goalie aged 36 with 4 years and $20 million left on his deal, just to help out another team.

    We just committed to an enforcer for 4 years at over 6 million.

    ANother team has to be willing to take Brashear for $1 million as an expiring contract – at the least. Maybe Brasher can change his name to Tim Thomas and Sather can call up other teams pretending as if the enforcer named Tim Thomas plays for the Bruins. Then they will take him off our hands.

  38. Mister Delaware on

    “The Boogaard/Brashear thing is a big deal.”

    Bad math. Either you view Brashear as capable of being the goon or he’s a sunk cost and there’s still a roster need. You can’t just start combining cap hits when it makes for a more stunning point.

  39. AGrossRecord
    Unclear whether #NYRangers are done for day or not. I’d bet not.

    Good News I guess?

  40. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    i don’t know… not good news if it involves Dubi or Callahan.

  41. Wick, I wish I can believe you, but I just can’t. I hope the kid can become a Pronger or Phaneuf type player, as far as physicality is concerned, but I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference if the team can’t wrap their heads around that team concept of physicality.

    It’s a small team, it’s a wimpy team, it’s a pathetic team.

    It’s embarrassing to be a Rangers fan.

  42. And of course, all the NY teams that I like are stuck in the toughest divisions in their sports, except for the Knicks – and they just arent any good.

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    “Bad math. Either you view Brashear as capable of being the goon or he’s a sunk cost and there’s still a roster need. You can’t just start combining cap hits when it makes for a more stunning point.”

    Exactly. The difference between Boogaard/Brashear and Shelley/Brashear is still just the difference between Boogaard and Shelley. Brashear is lost money either way.

  44. Chris Says SELL SELL on

    jokinen back to calgary? someone is challenging Sather for stupid

  45. wicky (Say yes to Volchenkov!!!) on

    grabby
    I’m with you!! Slats better be working on regher.

  46. the flyers pens and devils d is ROCK SOLID

    we are light years away its scary.

    BOTTOM THE HELL OUT

  47. this is why the Rangers are trying to make a deal with the Flames … if they are. I don’t actually believe they are.

  48. dont be surprised if sather deals for jokinen i wouldnt put it past him at 2 yrs at 3 mil.

    dubinsky to calgary for jokinen.

    i WOULD THING ABOUT JUMPING OFF MY ROOF

  49. wait, i thought kovalchuk signed that 7 year deal with the islanders ;-)

    KIDDING GUYS, its from an earlier thread today! Don’t have a hissy fit!

  50. CTBlueshirt on

    As of today, even assuming they re-sign Staal and Girardi, this team is built for one thing, and one thing only. Getting a lottery pick for next year.

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    Wow, that Volchenkov deal is going to definitely strengthen Sather’s position against Staal.

  52. Thats assuming it was Boogaard/Brashear or Shelley/Brashear. Lets see how much Brian McGratton signs for. This is not just about today. If they had signed Orr last season they save 2 million. And by signing Boogaard instead it cost them and extra half million

  53. wicky (Say yes to Volchenkov!!!) on

    or bieksa. At this point, don’t think staal is worth volchenkov money!

  54. Lin, don’t you start, or else that Mich-baby is gonna come back and do some more world class whining, then disappear and come back so he feels a part of the blog.

    Man, what a loser that guy is!

  55. I’m thinking about becoming a kings fan. I just don’t think I fan stay up to catch all the games

  56. ORR LMAO!! someone put that up earlier today on the first free agent blog…. i was just reminiscing lol

  57. stevezipay Pens, Philly, NJ Ds improve; NYR, so far, standing pat, but you figure something’s going to shake out if not today, later

    DarrenDreger No trade call yet, but getting closer on Ladd to Atlanta

  58. >>The day’s biggest head-scratcher appears to be done: Calgary signs Olli Jokinen for two
    >>years, $3M per. What?!

    Haven’t you heard? Sather signed Nigel Dawes for three years, at $3.7M per.
    [What?]

  59. Blue Seat Horror on

    Holy Carcillo, Jokinen back with Calgary.

    Does that mean Sather’s going to do a Jokinen for Dubinsky swap? I’m so afraid of these rumors that the Rangers are talking to Calgary because I’m frightened it’ll be a “we took Kotalik and Higgins off your hands last year now you owe us” trade.

  60. Ollie Smokinen on

    Jokinen may be a disappointing player but at least he can play hockey, something Boogaard can’t do. So I don’t think it’s the craziest deal of the day, Carp.

  61. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    Carp,

    July 1st=National Hockey Fan Slack at Work Day

    p.s. no book yet!

  62. Boogaard I love that guy. Can’t wait to watch him beat some faces in at MSG.

  63. the strongest thing i have to drink in my house right now is Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper… i should have planned better

  64. Blue Seat Horror on

    Shatten, Carcillo gets bolder and stupider because now he can run and hide behind Shelley.

  65. Rangers sign scoring… Nope

    Rangers sign defense… Nope

    Rangers sign Enforcers… YEP!!!!

  66. Blue Seat Horror on

    You definitely should have planned better, Linda. Do you have any cough syrup?

  67. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    CR9,

    you don’t count E.C’s 8 goals as scoring?

  68. RangerSwede on

    I’m thinking of skipping work tomorrow and stay up all night (it’s 10.43pm here)… I’m to afraid of that Jokinen and Calgary rumors anyway so I won’t get any sleep…..

  69. Vin

    I like E.C. I think he can be a valuable piece of the puzzle. But we need actual scoring.

  70. puck daddy twitter kings saying
    if we have something big that will go down we will have press conf.

    KOVY TO KINGS PROB WITHIN THE HOUR

  71. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    Outside of Kovy, there isn’t much scoring available in the UFA market. Gotta sniff a trade out i imagine.

  72. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    I think we should get the head hunting prospect from atl, cormier!!

  73. Did anyone really expect Slats to make any major signings?

    I was more under the impression that he was going to trade to make the team better. Which he obviously still can.

    Also, NYR sucks, so why would have free agent want to be a part of this team?

    Like I said before, Gabby pressured Slats into signing Booger, and he talked Booger into signing here. But, Gabby can’t talk anyone else into coming here, except Demitra. But, he might not want to come here since, as I’ve said, we suck!

  74. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    Tony,

    unless somehow he ends up back on the Rangers.

  75. Linda, that math is beyond me … but it would probably be easier for somebody smarter to add it up.

    Gabby, I know, I know. It’s in an envelope on my desk. I need to get my butt to the p.o. sorry.

  76. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    …..something cooking in china town .

  77. About to leave for the day and so nervous about the Calgary rumours. I’d tell Sather not to do somethin monumentally stupid, but that would just be dumb and redundant on my part.

    Catch up with ya later, ‘heads!

  78. Tank The Season on

    Volchenkov is a player on the decline – did you SEE him play for Team Russia in the Olympics and in general for the Sens this season? He is not worth $4.5M a season, now now, and not for the next 6 years. At that money im glad we passed on him but there was no excuse for not signing Kurtis Foster who went to Edmonton for $3.6m over 2 yrs and we get Boogaard instead.

  79. The Jokinen signing makes me feel TONS better. Here I was thinking the Rangers were far and away the worst managed team in the NHL, now we see that there’s competition out there!

  80. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    Booger scares ORR,brashear and Shelly …lets see who firetrucks with us now!!

  81. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    Carp,

    no prob. I can wait. And if we could get Kovy, or a big time scorer… i’ll wait longer!

  82. Doodie Machetto on

    My friend texted me just now “bad day to be a Rangers fan”

    I texted back “There are good days?”

  83. Are there any creative lawyers in here? I was wondering if we could file a class action lawsuit against New York Rangers for “defective product”.

  84. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    with the Jokinen signing… does Burnside still think the Boogard contract is the worst today?

  85. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    JBytes… i’d go with false advertising.

  86. Guys, we are going to have some cap space opening up in a little while if my buddy, who has been pretty reliable over the years, is right.

  87. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    linda
    true, but I don’t expect him on the big club for a couple years….we are still “positionally sound” on the big club.

  88. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    stevezipay NYR war-room isn’t closed for the evening…

  89. TSN’s guy covering the Flames spoke with Daryl Sutter and never mentioned a thing about talks with the Rangers … I think it was a bad, bad rumor.

  90. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    positionally sound…lol with redden on his tukus??

  91. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    remember all of you who are going on about chicago losing all these players, when in next years draft they have all these picks.

  92. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    PuckCentral Unless the Rangers bury Redden in AHL (or trade big contract) Kovalchuk isn’t coming to NY. Only $9M in cap room and still have RFAs to sign

  93. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    ” In addition, Boogaard has registered one assist and 44 penalty minutes in 10 career post-season contests with Minnesota.

    The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was originally Minnesota’s seventh round choice, 202nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. ”

    WOHOOOOOOOOO Saskatoon baby!!!!! That where I live!!!! Alright!!!! Home town boy play ‘n for the Rangers!!!! I love this signing!!!!

  94. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    I agree with nasty on this one (normally).

  95. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    andystrickland Told Los Angeles appears to be Kovalchuk’s only realistic option right now. Only team who can pay him close to what he wants.

  96. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    The Rangers can go over the cap $6 million until Sept. when they would have to shed any overage.

  97. onecupin 70yearsand counting.. on

    Don’t these Canadian GM’s know that they’re signing players in US dollars not canadian dollars?
    Keep throwing bucks at them.

    Sather still spends dolan’s money like a scarsdale house frau.Run up the tab glen..

  98. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    BOOGARD WILL KILL Colton ORR…and I mean KILL him. In Fact I bet Shelly lays in bed at night saying ” I know theres a boogyman , I know there a boogyman” –please leave the light on!!

  99. I’ve missed everything here today!!! BYFUGLIEN! and am just catching up. now I kinda wish I hadn’t……

    hey nasty!

    you guys are rocking and rolling today! I expect by the time I get home and check in later you’ll be up to Go Time: Free agency, part XXX!

  100. RangerSwede on

    Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Hearing the New York Rangers talking to Frolov
    1 minute ago via web

  101. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    BTW the whole Eastern Conference never had to deal with the Boogman… We solidified our goonatarage . Gonnie goo goo gus , gooney goo goo!!!

  102. Rangers signed Inspector Gadget to a 5 year deal worth 6 HDTV’s 3D ready, a new coat, a hat, and 12 bedroom house in Poconos.

    Also, reports suggest that a scientist and a creator of Gadget’s gadgets Professor Von Slickstein looking for a multiyear deal from the Rangers as well… Sather was unavailable to comment…

  103. Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Hearing the New York Rangers talking to Frolov

    UH-OH!!! Somebody take the money away from Sather!! NOW!!!

  104. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    TSNBobMcKenzie
    .RT @dtolensky: Worth noting that last yr on July 1st a lot of people had a lot of laughs at the Canadiens’ expense (Gomez, Gionta, Gill,

    very true. Look where they got. Hindsight people… always 20/20

  105. FYI:

    SportYLMedia

    Source: Jody Shelly did not want to re-sign with the Rangers. Was offered the same deal as Derek Boogard.

  106. Greg, is Booger going to help us win games? Is he really going to be able to protect Gabby when they’ll be on separate lines?

    NYR = Another top 10 draft pick

    Slats better have something amazing up his sleeve to improve this team, cause they’re in deep brash*t right now.

  107. heard devils are trying to send down rolston to create room to sign kovalchuk. Can they do that?

  108. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    ORR, hopefully in 2 months and 16 days, Redden will be on a bus to Hartford

  109. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    I would rather have lombardi than frolov. He just seems like a guy that torts would not like (frolov I mean).

  110. This is such a car crash of a team.

    Senseless. The NHL should take the Rangers from Dolan and stop embarrassing the league.

  111. Frolov at 2-3million is good. Frolov at 4+ is no good. My guess is that uncle glen will pay too much

  112. RangerSwede on

    Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Hearing Rangers not liking what they’re hearing from Frolov $$$

    What? is $$ an issue??

  113. Doodie Machetto on

    Sather talking to Frolov makes me think that while not really paying attention, someone told him “Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk is the best available UFA, although it he is likely to end up with the Kings” But all Sather got out of it was “Russian forward…best available UFA…with the Kings.”

  114. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    carpy, i got that link from someone on an nhl facebook page…they’ve been making me laugh for 2 hours

  115. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    DarrenDreger Prospal closing in on a deal with the Rangers.

  116. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    PuckCentral So Vinny Prospal made $1.1M last yr, if your his agent and you see Boogaard sign for $1.65M you gotta be one happy mofo

    LMFAO!!

  117. the Rangers really need another second/third liner. Especially one who’s wildly inconsistent like, say, Zherdev. Or Lisin. Or Kotalik. Or Higgins. Or Jokinen.

  118. So we re-sign Prospal, and Pee Wee, we sign a borderline useless backup goalie, and we sign a useless goon.

    Yup, we’re good enough to make 10th place, I’m sure of it. Maybe it’s a push, but maybe even 9th place, I’m not sure.

  119. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    about the kings…..

    TheFourthPeriod
    Follow up… let’s not get crazy yet, folks. Just told it’s not a signing, possible big trade.

  120. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    NYP_Brooksie Prospal in for over 35 one yr deal with bonuses….

  121. agree 100% carp. Only way I’ll like the frolov signing is if one of our other wingers (dubi most likely) is sent along in a redden cap clear deal and we sign kovy. Need some 1st line talent in here!

  122. Is prospal still getting $ from TB? I known he still counts agianst thier cap. He might take the same $ as last year if TB is still paying him

  123. Good move: Not signing Shelley to a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract. At his age, his cap hit would have been guaranteed. See Brashear, Donald. And, before signing with the Rangers, he had been terrible for a while in a larger sample size with the Sharks.

    Bad Move: Signing Derek Boogard to a ridiculously bloated contract. At least the cap hit isn’t certain and Boogard can disappear when the Rangers realize how useless he is. Tortorella doesn’t like using four lines anyway.

  124. Nelson: “The NHL should take the Rangers from Dolan and stop embarrassing the league.”

    Do you aware who is GM of this franchise? Dolan just gives money to Sather – he spends it.

  125. ORR

    10th place

    thrashers leafs panthers lightning all better.

    we will be 14th in east

  126. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    NYP_Brooksie Prospal $1M base with another $1.1 or so in easily achievable bonuses

  127. Tank The Season on

    Rumors of Dubinsky and Staal to Calgary for Iginla… Can this be true?

  128. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    Tank, you didn’t get that from that funny twitter site did you?

  129. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    Anon;
    Funny how many peeps said we were sooo weak , sooo small…yeahh Boogard is useless…??? Anon…the only way to NOT get pushed around in the Easteren Conference is signing the heaveyweight Champion and Draft the Junior weight champion too in McIlrath. These two moves are not “scoring goals” moves..they are hockey moves. Any idiot who watches thier team get pounded every night and says..”its alright” is just a big wimp . Our Needs is scoring ..duh who doesnt have that need? We need toughness ..plain and simple. All the Gaborik goals wont buy ya the respect Derek Boogard will get us. Enough said.

  130. Chris Says SELL SELL on

    1st overall pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft awarded to the New York Rangers

  131. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    OH BTW , I know Boogyman is reading this….

    WELCOME BOOGYMAN !!!! Your presence is well appreciated!!!

  132. Blue Seat Horror on

    Sather won’t be able to sleep tonight if he doesn’t hand out at least one $4mil plus contract.

  133. NYRanger4Life on

    My Quick Thoughts:

    1) Who cares about Boogard money. $500k isnt going to matter in the long run, Staal & Girardi will get their money irregardless.

    2) We didn’t make the playoffs last year WITH PROSPAL & CHRISTENSEN….and we brought them back. WTF?? If we’re not going to upgrade, lets at least go with a full fledged youth movement. Now, Our team will not be radically different then next year. Does the mean similar results?? Probably.

    Barring MZA being the 2nd coming of Marty St Louis, or a blockbuster trade, I dont see us finishing in the top 10 in the leastern conference nxt year…

  134. GREG

    How aboot this scenario…

    Shelley is bullying us….Boogaard fights him…

    Okay….

    Carcillo is bullying us…Prust fights him….

    Alright….

    Hartnell is bullying us…McIlrath fights him…

    Okay….

    Pronger, Asham, and everyone else starts bullying us…then what?

    Booger does nothing for us except fight other goons, he helps us in NO WAY!

    McIlrath wasn’t drafted to sit in the box every game.

    Weak team! Pathetic team!

  135. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    HAHAHAAA gotta love da blog…

  136. haha Spezza. At least sather is in charge and not you. Ask the Blackhawks how they did with a skillfull team this year. If you want fists, you can get them for the league minimum. For $1.65 million a season, the Rangers could have had an enforcer and money to spend on a useful player. Instead they get a one-dimensional refrigerator on skates. Does anyone remember Krzysztof Oliwa?

  137. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    I’m going to smile real big when Boogaard destroys Shelley, Pronger, Carcillo, and any other Broadstreet chump.

  138. Doodie Machetto on

    “Good move: Not signing Shelley to a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract. At his age, his cap hit would have been guaranteed. See Brashear, Donald.”

    Incorrect! Shelley is only 34.

  139. Carp,

    how do incentives work in regards to the cap? I understand his base is $1.1M obviously, but if he starts hitting those incentives is it just money out of Dolan’s pocket or does it somehow effect his cap hit?

  140. Barnaby on TSN just suggested that, because there haven’t been any Scott Gomez/Wade Redden/Bobby Holik contracts, Glen Sather must be playing golf.

  141. Interesting you bring up Oliwa – He is now selling used Cars in West Caldwell NJ – I’m not kidding.

  142. It must affect the cap, otherwise everyone would just give out incentive-laden contracts and the cap becomes useless.

  143. I’m back! What did I miss? Kidding. Linda, wicky, thank you for keeping me updated. And you have no idea how many lives you saved today :-)

  144. You’re full of S*** GerryD. He’s in Poland working for national hockey federation.

  145. Doodie Machetto on

    Someone mentioned how we should have signed Hamhuis: word is he turned down a lot more money to play in Vancouver. That’s just where he wanted to go.

  146. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    ask the blackhawks how bonuses work against the cap!

  147. “how do incentives work in regards to the cap? I understand his base is $1.1M obviously, but if he starts hitting those incentives is it just money out of Dolan’s pocket or does it somehow effect his cap hit?”

    It counts against this year’s cap unless we go over, then it can be pushed to next years.

  148. You might want to check your sources stfraw- He works at Globe Mercedes – I saw him yesterday

  149. I’m not 100% sure but I think any incentives and/or bonuses earned will be on next years cap hit.

  150. Tom Foolery on

    I thought the bonus money goes against next years cap. But I could be wrong

  151. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    ORR

    How aboot this scenario…

    Shelley is bullying us….Boogaard eats him alive …

    Okay….

    Carcillo is bullying us…Prust KO’s him and the Ranger fans FREAK OUT!!!! Gaborik streams down the wing and SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!

    Alright….

    Hartnell is bullying us…McIlrath breaks his face …

    Okay….

    Pronger, Asham, and everyone else starts wimpering like little girls and want to play “nice ,nice”

    Booger does alot more other then fighting goons , He is NOT Brashear. Orr , realize we have a monster here.

    McIlrath was drafted to give us size ( not wimpy size either ) he can and will fight.

    If we lose the games atleast we’ll still have our respect.

  152. Incentives count against the cap this year, but are allowed to exceed the cap by up to 7.5%. Any excess counts against the following year’s cap

  153. Angry Goldfish on

    Hedberg just signed with the Devs 1yr 1.5

    Do you spend the extra money on the backup goalie who plays 10-15 games a year or the goon who protects your talent for 75-80 games?

  154. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    you got it ILB!!! savings lives is what we do best! ;-)

  155. I don’t get it. Sather has no problem giving Huggybear 3 years and over $1million per but Prospal can’t even get 2 years? Say what you will nobody but Gaborik replicated his scoring production on the team.

  156. I think bonuses count the following year. I heard someone say the blackhawks have $4million in bonus against next years cap because of the extra money toews and Kane made in postseason.

    2 inexplicable things today.
    Boogard gets 1.6mil
    malhotra and hedberg get no trade clauses!

  157. I like Vinny. Our team is just going to have to improve via trade. And Glen hasnt been that terrible when it comes to trades.

  158. We have a monster who can’t do anything but throw his hands around like a mental patient.

    Please Greg, explain to me how this helps our team, because as of right now, he’s the only free agent forward we signed.

    I’m gonna laugh when he’s scratched for every game except the divisional games.

  159. noonan- Prospal’s deal is a good deal and can only be used for above 35 on 1 year basis

  160. Doodie,
    Good call. I thought the contract was guaranteed if he turned 35 at any point during the deal, but I was wrong. I’m still glad the Rangers didn’t sign him for 3 years, though. Unfortunately, they made a similar bad move by throwing money away with Boogard.

  161. Gift of GAB-orik( SATHER NEEDS TO BE PRUCHA'D ) on

    stevezipay
    .Prospal re-signs with Blueshirts for $1 mil, 1 year. He’s still getting $$$ from Tampa, too, remember

  162. Oli is the worst deal of the day. They should test Sutter’s urine for drugs

  163. I’m actually already looking forward to next years nhl draft. I think the rangers have a shot at getting even higher than this years 10 spot, maybe will pick at 5.

  164. Maybe the Rangers can Long Term Injury Reserve Redden a la the Flyers and Mike Rathje/Derian Hatcher.

  165. Carp,
    you right!
    i am still trying to picture what the flames fans are saying about that one. I guess as bad as we think we have it someone is always worse off than us.

  166. EVERYONE knows our D-sucks,and all the decent FA-d’s are gone,so there will be a trade. Who or where, who knows…If it take Dubi,then it takes Dubi.WE NEED DEFENCE.

  167. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m OK with the Prospal deal. I’d be happier if it wasn’t for him to be a first line player.

  168. I asked Jim Cerny if the rangers were done for the day He Repiled:

    JimCerny
    @roc1193 not sure if #NYR are done, hear they are working on other things, but will find out…

  169. speZzZza? NYR ZzZz "Free agent frenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    Anon , don’t start getting all pissy with me. You stop acting the fool and I wont have to put ya in yer place. You oviously dont realize SHELLY did NOT wanna sign here.

  170. Let’s face reality, we need a team. This team sucks, why, because the rangers have the worst owner in all sports. This fat clueless daddy’s little boy has destroyed the knicks and rangers and there is no end in sight.

  171. Maybe Rangers can trade Callahan while he’s still an Olympian and hold onto Dubinsky.

  172. I like the Biron deal, don’t mind EC. Good one on Prospal on both parts.
    Boogard’s deal is pathetically pathetic. Not because who they signed-Boogard can handle anyone in the league, including Shelley- but how they signed him. The whole chain of events-Orr, Brashear, Shelley, Boogard tells us how much thinking is involoved within our management. 500K isn’t going to make much of a difference now, but could’ve been avoided.

  173. Tom Foolery on

    What do you guys think of the Volchenkov contract? Would have loved to have him but 6 years is too much I think.

  174. It appears the Rangers are done for today. Glen Sather will hold a conference call at 6 p.m. We’ll do a live highlights update here, and maybe later give you the whole transcript if time allows.

  175. Greg,
    I don’t care where Shelley wanted to play. I’m glad he’s not eating up Rangers cap space. But I am equally annoyed that Boogard is. There are tons of players who will sit on the bench and then defend their teammates when called upon for the league minimum. There’s no point paying someone $1.65 million to do so.

  176. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Free agent Spenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    LW3H , We have youth. Thats why im not upset. What did everone think we’d do today? Turn over our Roster? Our team lost in game 82 man in a fricking shoot out!!! We have plans of youth comming in …

    -we solidified our Goaltending.

    -We got bigger and meaner

    -we got Prspal back at a cheap price!!!

    -We got Christensen for cheap cheap!! He is good , really good and hes hard on the puck too!! Hes a shoot out guy ( wow I hate the shoot out)

    Our team needs Iginla or a Spezza or another star ..I agree. Dubinsky is our carrot and it does concern me that he may go. I like our teams youth and everyone is just GRAVEY.

  177. reginald dunlop on

    6pm conference call to discuss what??? how almost everybody else in the division got stronger ?????

  178. Tom Foolery on

    The Boogard contract is ridiculous but in the grand scheme of things is not likely to have a great impact now or in the future. It’s just another annoying reminder of Sather’s incompetence.

  179. Carp-

    Did the Rangers hold a conference call last year before they signed Gabby. Do u remember?

  180. So, Slats is done for the day. He couldn’t get anything done besides a pathetic contract for a goon.

    This should be an interesting month. Lets see if he can work some sort of magic and make this team competitive, which I doubt will happen.

  181. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    here’s the latest from that funny twitter site lol

    Rangers holding serious talks with Ilya. Maple Leafs already have offer on the table for the Russian Winger. 6 minutes ago via TweetDeck

  182. lol the drew keys guy is saying rangers are trying to get kovalchuk, spezza or iginla. and lebron asked knicks to stay longer after meeting. how i wish this was mckenzie or dreger or brooksie or zipay reporting this.

  183. It’s just amazing that every player always screws over the NY team. The always classy Allan Houston said “Where’s my money.” When was the last time a player actually helped our team by taking less money.

  184. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    latest from twitter on kings and kovy

    Real_ESPNLeBrun
    Just hung up phone with Dean Lombardi. Asked him if he was closing in on Kovalchuk, “No.” Asked if he’s still in the mix, “Not sure.”

  185. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    well either the kings are lying or the “odd ball” tweets may have some “some” validity to them.

  186. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    Lev, here’s his latest

    Sens offer Spezza to the Oilers.

  187. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    if I had to place money….kings are lying, still think kovy goes there

  188. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Free agent Spenzzzy " … says Greg L. on

    HAHHAAA Calgary… what a buch of clowns. Our team is not as bad as everyone is worried about. I love the concern and passion on here today!!! Rangers have guys like sather and alot of players everyone hates…Big deal. People hate me , ORR ,Cr9 and some hate CCCP . People hate Carp and some are jelous of Josh. The point is no one like everyone. Im the same . Some People hate Drury and most people hate Redden . The hate with never stop and the love wont either. Even with sather running the show Olga still comes here , cuz when yer a Ranger fan ..theres no other place to be.

  189. I feel like Gabby was definitely signed later in the evening last year. It happened when I was on the way to Dairy Queen and that was between 7-8. lol

  190. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    Carp, this is some info on the twitter site

    “SYML is a group of beat writers who cover sports and everything else. “

  191. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    Nasty, so that means something might happen in an hour?? :-)

  192. Thanks Roc, I knew it was later. And damn, I must have really wanted me some DQ that night. 9 huh? Ha.

  193. wicky ( We are "positionally sound" on D!!!) on

    twitter:RealKyper
    Hearing tough guy Raitis Ivanis to Calgary. 2 year deal. 1.2M. / Also and Tim Jackman with a 2 year deal to Calgary 1.1M

    with jackman in, is regher on the move??

  194. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    NOre, you missed it earlier, Slats signed lebron for 5 years and 30 million,, skating optional lol

  195. Linda scared by the ghosts of july 1 on

    AGrossRecord #NYRangers GM Glen Sather said he didn’t want to give Jody Shelley 3 years, which is what Shelley wanted.

  196. Watch how Slats spin his deals in his press conference. The Rangers PR people have been zealously reading the blogs to get Slats talking points in order. Remember Slats, nothing is your fault; you see through everyone. Same old refrain every season.

  197. Atlanta, Boston, Florida, NJ has all gotten better.
    Rangers, stayed the same.
    Predict another playoff-less season

  198. I’m so done with Shelley. He wanted 3 year deal, he didn’t want to sign with the Rangers..Whatever. He is a Flyer now. Period. So much for a good locker room guy. When Boogard pops him, I bet you it’ll be worth 500K.

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