Rangers sign D Blake Parlett


From the NYR:


New York, June 2, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Blake Parlett.

Parlett, 22, skated in 24 games with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering two goals and 10 assists for 12 points, along with 17 penalty minutes.  He made his AHL debut on February 18 at Adirondack, and tallied his first AHL point with the overtime, game-winning goal, in a 2-1 victory at Springfield on March 5.  Parlett tied for third among team defensemen in assists and points, despite playing in only 24 games.  He also tied for fourth among AHL rookie defensemen with two game-winning goals.  Parlett notched a goal in his AHL playoff debut at Portland on April 14, in Game One of their Atlantic Division Semifinal matchup.  He finished the postseason ranked second among Whale defensemen in assists (two) and points (three), and tied for third on the team in assists and fifth in points.

The 6-1, 205-pounder began the 2010-11 season with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, registering seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points, along with 40 penalty minutes in 46 games.  He led all ECHL defensemen in points, and was tied for the league lead among blueliners in assists at the time of his recall to Connecticut (AHL) on February 17.  Parlett was assessed a fighting major while making his professional debut with Greenville on October 21 vs. Florida, and recorded his first career points with two assists on October 22 vs. Florida.  He was named an ECHL All-Star, posting a plus-four rating in the game on January 26.  Parlett tallied eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his final five games with Greenville from February 5 to February 15, prior to his recall to Connecticut (AHL).  He also recorded one assist in two playoff contests with the Road Warriors.

Prior to turning professional, the Bracebridge, Ontario native skated in 301 career games with Barrie, Windsor and Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 28 goals and 88 assists for 116 points, along with 361 penalty minutes.  He established OHL career-highs in goals (11), assists (35), points (46), and penalty minutes (108) with Mississauga in 2009-10.  Parlett led Mississauga defensemen in points, goals and assists, and ranked second on the team overall in assists and fourth in points that season.  In addition, Parlett registered nine points (one goal, eight assists) and 45 penalty minutes in 44 career OHL playoff contests with Barrie and Mississauga.a

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  1. No. You look like Carp. VinceA looks like an idiot.


    Actual Sentence from a guy I work with: “Do you know the truth about horse racing?”

  2. This might hurt Doodie.. but……I know you have believed in horse racing but….the horses…..are ….. on…..(I can’t even say it!)…Steroids!!!!

    No way. You don’t say. Did you also know they Shoot them when they fall or nick themselves on the gate? Did you also know the Jockey’s do drugs and have eating disorders? Did you also know that rich people LOVE horse racing?

    This guy never gets old. His entry to the lunch competition today:
    1. Big Grab bag of Munchos;
    2. King Size Snickers; and
    3. Gatorade.

  3. Hey all, been chatting with CTBlue….anyone interested in watching Game 5 (assuming there is one) at warren next Friday?

  4. Manny Fingers on

    Doodie I got a salad and they didn’t put enough dressing. I am reminded of you stomaching dry romaine lettuce and I am trying to get through it.

  5. Hello, all.

    Manny, I’m going to send you an e-mail in a bit.

    Doodie, great review.

    CTBlueshirt, you get the lunch point.

  6. After looking at the video of the Burrows biting incident, I sort of agree with not suspending him. He should be fined though. I didn’t see it at first, but Bergeron does put his fingers by his mouth. I forget what NHL player said it, but he said it best, “if you don’t want to get bitten, then don’t put your fingers in my mouth”

    Definitely should be fined though. But, this is the NHL. You can strike heads, bite fingers, spear balls, and flick blood at people.

  7. TSNBobMcKenzie Bob McKenzie

    With the ownership situation in DAL not likely to be settled until later in summer, DAL will not be making contract offer to Brad Richards.

  8. @TSNBobMcKenzie: DAL would be interested in trading exclusive neg rts before 7/1, would require Richards to waive NMC

  9. bull dog line on

    give Dallas Gilroy for Richards rights, sign him, and call it an off season.

  10. If Richards really wants to come to NY as much as everyone is making it out to seem, why do we need to get rights early then? It seems like it would be a waste of assets.

  11. CTBlueshirt on

    First lunch entry, first lunch point.

    I am retiring from the lunch contest.

  12. But if he’s really so interested in becoming a Ranger, a bidding war shouldn’t be an issue.

  13. I agree… Gilroy won’t be resigned… esp. with Erixon now on board

    Give Dallas Gilroy, sign Richards to 5 years 6.5 per and we’re good to go!

  14. bull dog line on

    maybe he is also interested in becoming a King, or a Leaf. get his rights, and take the other teams out of the equation.

  15. Latona- partially true…But bidding war or not, they have higher chances to overpay him on July 1st, than if they have two weeks or so to negotiate.

  16. No way Richards makes less than $7.8m next season…he will command at least what he made last year…

    I’d rather sign him for less years and more money….for example, 3 years/$25m

  17. CTBlueshirt on

    bull dog, I think you have to buy out Drury and Wolski before they can sign Richards.

  18. Having said that, if Joe wants first round pick for his rights, he can marry Richards.

    One thing seems clear- they have no plans to sign any D-man with high price tag. So Bieksa or Ehrhoff are out, sorry Wicky.

  19. That’s true, ilb. I just don’t want to give up Gilroy for negotiating rights.

  20. from the last post- manny and doodie, my ex wife and i were maried on new years eve!! nowthats ome crazy stuff. all 3 on teh same day.

  21. bull dog line on

    I am not a cap guy CT,
    but if that is true, then you go ahead and do it. I kind of wanted to see Wolski for a whole season, but I would not let him get in the way of signing Richards.

  22. Not really, CTB. RFAs come out off the cap, they can take longer time to sign. But eventually, yes, they have to buy out Drury..

  23. bull dog line on

    the writing is on the wall with Gilroy. he will probably not be back. why not use him to help get Richards.

  24. wow i missed alot from this morning. so if wedidnt trade fr erixon, mybe we couldve gottn richards for those 2 2nds and horak?? how many picks do we have in teh draft now? justa 1st and 3rd and then some later picks right?

    again, srry for typos, but cccp made me laugh while drinking coffee yesteday, and keyboard is ruined, amost.

  25. CTB- buting out Wolski may not be necessary, it depends what Richards is signed for. That’s another reason to get his numbers squared away before everyone’s salary starts counting against the cap.

  26. screw gilroy. we hae so many d men now. at least we know richards would mos likely sign here if we got neg. rights. giloy is getting pushed out the door imo.

  27. Frolov, Boogaard (RIP) and most likely Gilroy are all off the books next year… that is like 6.5 mill in cap space! Throw in another mill if you have to and here comes Richards!

  28. Wow! I hope we can trade for his rights!

    But, it would be for nothing, unless, Drury pulls a “Naslund”.

  29. I’m good, Mike…You?

    CCCP- I have all the numbers, I’m planning to discuss them at some point. It won’t be easy, but it’s very doable.

  30. plus the extra 1.5 in cap space that were likly gonna get towards to cap ceiling for next season. put tht together with salts determination. when he wants his guy, he usually egts him!!!

  31. bull dog,

    I don’t really have an issue with Gilroy being traded. I would just prefer it if he would ensure a player in return, whether it be a top offensive prospect or an NHL ready top-line forward in a semi-blockbuster.

  32. Latona- Gilroy is an RFA with the price tag of $2.1M if the Rangers, or any other team were to qualify him. He isn’t going to bring too much value in return.

  33. CTBlueshirt on

    Gilroy will be a throw-in in any trade for a top player. Stepan/Kreider/McDonagh will be the centerpiece(s).

  34. Mama,

    If you were observant, you would have noticed that CTB has claimed victory today. Don’t try to sabotage the lunch contest, thank you, thank you.


    I was hoping he would be included as a throw-in, as CTB said.

  35. Grabby – Parlett came in the same way Daniel Girardi did – undrafted free agent who signed with the ECHL and worked his way up to the AHL.

    While the rangers have salary coming off the cap, don’t forget they have a lot of work to do re-signing RFAs like Boyle, Callahan and Dubinsky.

  36. CTBlueshirt on

    LW: Avery/Wolski = 5.735
    C: Drury/Stepan/Christensen = 8.85
    RW: Gaborik/Prust/Zucc = 10.05
    D: Staal/Girardi/McD/MDZ/Erixon = 11.4375
    G: Lundqvist/Biron = 7.75
    Cap hit not incl bonuses = 43.8225

    *Excluding Gilroy I would expect these guys to get signed for somewhere between a combined 11-13, meaning you’ve got between a roster of 12 F+6 D+2 G for a cap hit of 54.8225 to 56.8225, excluding bringing back any UFAs.

    Prospal/Fedotenko/Eminger not including Frolov because he’s as good as gone to KHL
    *Realistically I think Feds is the only that can be asked back.

  37. The latest Crosby non-update only made it to 3rd place in the list of headlines on nhl.com. I was sceptical before now, but I guess this “Stanley Cup Final” thing really must be important.

  38. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    Oh man so it has been a crazy couple of days. I’m sick as a dog with the flu and worked all day yesterday (did not pull that stunt again today) so I sleep a while and every time I wake up, a new post with a new player move of some sort.

    nice wrap up BTW!!

    old poop
    How goes it?

    bag lady
    nice laurels!!

    I can’t remember who brought it up last thread, but someone said OPG shouldn’t be moved and I disagree wholeheartedly. He has a ton of courage for blocking so many shots and I have no problem with him except he is way over paid and is a 3rd pair guy that plays on the 1st pair on our team. He is absolutely lost out there when he isn’t paired with staal (we all saw that). He makes like $3.5 mil per season…PER SEASON!

    Which brings me to the next point, he should be sent to dallas for richards rights. It clears a roster spot on D for someone else and moves a chunk of salary for richards or someone else.

    how’s it going captain bubble burster?

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    Thanks to Latona, wicky, and the others who have complimented my post on this thread.

  40. Manny Fingers on

    Wicky – get better asap. Get some antibiotics or eat some chicken or do something weird that makes yo ubetter immediately.

  41. bull dog line on

    just wondering doodie,
    you do not want Richards ( completely understand with the Rangers history on UFA) what or who would you go after to get the skill the Rangers so desparately need.

  42. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    Thanks all

    glad you are feeling ok now

  43. CTBlueshirt on

    I wouldn’t mind if Girardi got moved, but it better be for something better than negotiating rights.

  44. Doodie Machetto on

    I’d wait another year and target the 2012 FA class. If we can’t land Sharp, who will be the premier center of that year, we could possibly go for a winger like Semin, or even sign a stud defenseman like Suter or Brent Burns. If we went the defenseman route, I would then move one of our younger defensive players. If Goligoski was enough for James Neal, we could probably package MDZ or this Erixon kid (assuming he is the real deal) with a draft pick and land a top player from a rebuilding franchise.

  45. never heard it manny. though someone i knew a long long time ago in a band also wrote/played a song by that name.

  46. Manny Fingers on

    I am still at the same firm. Still trying to get out. No upward mobility here. I need to get into that courtroom and litigate. I will keep you posted colleague.

  47. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    every ones favorite ibob is saying leafs close to acquiring right to richards

  48. CTBlueshirt on

    Sharp is only a year (ok 1.5 years) younger than Richards. I like him, he’s a better goal scorer than Richards, but I have the feeling that his numbers get a nice boost from playing with guys like Toews and Kane. He’s not always a center for them either.

  49. Manny Fingers on

    Ah! I still live in Brooklyn Heights. We resigned our lease despite the mouse. Can’t believe our landlord NEVER increases our rent. He must be a great guy.

  50. bull dog line on

    I don’t have a problem with waiting another season. it gives you a little more time to evaluate the young players on the way up. maybe there is an answer in Thomas, or, Kreider. I don’t think the Rangers plan is to wait another season. they are going to try to get a number 1 center this season. Richards makes the most sense because all he is going to cost is money. a Stasny, or anyone else who may be available is going to cost assets. valuable ones.

  51. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    the bieksa comment and thanks!!

  52. Latona, uh, duh :) I am aware…….besides, I know he only won cause he was at warren, not cause of the sando (and I have no idea why he calls it that :)

    I thought most of the sane minds here (hmmm, that’s not a lot) agreed Richards should not be a Ranger?

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ve said this before. Sharp is going to be a much younger 31 than Richards is. Richards has played in 835 NHL games (regular season and playoff combined). Sharp has played in only 551. Even if Sharp were to play in the maximum 110 games next year, he would still have played 134 less games than Richards at 31. That’s basically a season and a half.

    I don’t know if it’s more that Richards is an old 31 or Sharp a young 31, or some combination thereof, but Sharp will be a younger 31 than Richards is.

  54. Mama,

    He actually won because he called it a sando. I also call sandwiches “sammiches” or “sandos.” Plus, we can’t let wicky/Sally run away with this thing!

  55. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on


    why not?

  56. Doodie

    Sharp was playing 200+ AHL games while Richards was in the NHL though, so the gap ain’t all that big.

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    It was 185 AHL, but c’mon. We all know an AHL game is nothing like an NHL one.

    ilb, plan B is either taking a top winger (Alexander Semin might be available), or signing a defenseman and packaging one of our own for a forward.

  58. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    So I need a cap guru here, how much of a hit would these guys cost (obviously a few estimations will be necessary)…

    feds, cally, boyle, prust, gabby, AA, MZA, step

    staal, sauer, mcdonut, erixon

    hank, biron

    does roughly 36 million for these players sound correct?

  59. But all those AHL games and a chunk of his NHL career was spent in the Flyers system, so presumably 95% of his minutes were spent killing penalties, which is far more taxing on a player.

  60. CCCP/Bull Dog – How about this. We trade Gilroy for a draft pick and give the finger to Nieuwendyk and then pitch an offer to Richards on July 1. Richards has no incentive to sign with anyone before then, unless that team is offering him more than he’s making now or an offer he can’t refuse.

    Doodie – NOOOOO…to Semin. Soft, headcase Russian who will command big bucks and will then disappear. No thanks. As for Sharp, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the Hawks’ long-range plans. As for Erixon and Del Zotto, neither of them is in the category of Goligoski yet. I’d also be astonished if the Rangers traded the guy they just acquired.

  61. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    ok, $40 mil it is…

  62. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    game one last night broke the viewing record in canada for a hockey game (previous record held by 1994 game 7 final).

    I didn’t know v tank was a RFA!

  63. Feds – $1 million(est)
    Cally – $4 million(est)
    Boyle – $2 million(est)
    Prust – $1 million
    Gabby – $7.5 milion
    Anisimov – $1.5 million(est)
    Zuccarello – $1.75 million
    Stepan – $1 million
    Staal – $3.9 million
    Sauer -$1.5 million(est)
    McDonagh – $1.3 million
    Erixon – $1.7 million
    Lundqvist – $6.5 million
    Biron – $1 million

    Total = $35.65

    * “est” is an estimate for RFA and UFA players. All other cap numbers are basically accurate.

  64. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    thanks phil, so I’m in the ball park

  65. did anyone else read this in regards to
    places to send Chris Drury (trades/buyout/Rangers)


    what really grabbed me in a WTB moment was this
    “The team even with his onerous salary has around $20 million in cap space. That will admittedly be needed to fill a number of huge gaps, especially on defense.”

    our d looks much less questionable now than it did a year ago thanks to Sauer and McD
    and one hopes that MDZ will rebound and Erixon will make pop proud and Gilroy (?) and Valtank (?)

  66. jpg- this guy has no idea about our team’s cap situation, defensive depth, or anything else. He mentioned Colorado, and I stopped reading right after. Colorado ownership had issues paying their lease this year, that was the reason the rumors about them trading Stastny were swirling. And now they will add Drury? Geez….

  67. wicky – No prob. Ya’ did leave out a couple of key players though…namely Girardi and Dubinsky. Was that by design I imagine?

    jpg – That link is exactly why Bleecher Report postings always drive me nuts. The guy totally contradicts himself. First, he points out that Drury has a no movement clause. Then he suggests that he’ll go to the Oilers of all places? Really?!? Guess he didn’t read all the stories about Drury loving New York, it being a life-long dream to play here and that he’s happy to be living and playing so close to where he grew up and so on. There are two options with Drury: Buy him out(in which case I wouldn’t be surprised if he signs with either Buffalo or the Islanders) or keep him. I suspect they do the latter, since his contract is up in one year anyway.

    On the defense, I don’t know what you mean by ‘questionable’ or what the Bleecher author means by ‘huge gaps.’ There were two constants last season: Lundqvist and the defense. They basically had a 1A and 1B pairings once McD was up to stay. Third pairing was a bit rocky at times, but its, well, third pairing. What do you expect? Now if you’re talking about the point on the PP, I’m all ears. That definitely needs some help.

  68. LW3H – hahaha! So true. That site is such…how shall I say? Carcillo. Reads like its authored by a bunch of friggin’ 12-year-olds playing NHL ’11 with one hand and typing their post with the other.

  69. jpg

    the bleacher report is a site that makes amateur bloggers look more professional. Any one of us could put an article up on there…

    that said I bet Tom Renney would love to have Drury back and since the Rangers will not be buying him out, trading him to a team he is willing to go to is the best move…

  70. Drury, who resides with his family in NY (he bought a $5+M condo on UWS), was raised in CT and has a successful business there, has as much desire to go to Edmonton as mrs ilb and I moving to Darfur.

  71. And if the Rangers decide not to buy him out, they will have a little less than $5M to work with, after they resign all their RFAs. Not nearly enough to improve the team. The difference between his actual salary ($5M) and cap hit ( just above $7M), along with only one year remaining on his contract, are the exact reasons why I believe he will be bought out.

  72. no to richards please

    im with doodie wait until 2012 go after suter, burns, semin, or sharp. get 2 of them

  73. doodie

    great recap earlier today. im just going through the days activities on the thread. long day at work and with baby. starting to teeth. any recommendations?

  74. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    yes, I left them off intentionally. As well as avery and WW. I think depending on certain moves/decisions they may or may not be here. I was curious about the cap hit for the guys I am 99.9% sure would be here (IMHO), although I guess erixon could be in CT. I will admit though, I think Dubi is about a 95% lock to be here as well, but there are a few scenarios that IF they developed, I would move him in a heartbeat!

  75. iDoodie machetto on

    If Stamkos somehow is RFA on July 1, I’d offer him a 10 year deal at a cap hit that is one penny less than the 4 first rounders, with a max salary in year one. Let Tampa match the dollars.

  76. leetchhalloffame on

    Does Slats know he can actually sign other players than defensemen? Does he think that when the calendar turns to June it is d-men only? Come on Slats, wake the carcillo up!

  77. iDood – Tampa will match any offer the Rangers throw at Stammer. Not even a slight chance they let him slip away. Besides, there’s word that he’s already in deep talks with the Lightning.

  78. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    there aren’t four periods in hockey, what the hell are you watching?

  79. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    they are still playing basketball?

  80. WOW! Mavs just tied it….

    Yeah, C3, Pippen is an idiot. Everyone knows MJ is the best ever. You don’t even have to be a NBA fan to know that.

  81. imma buy the stars and move them to Houston. as a rangers fan, this will assure brad richards becomes a ranger

  82. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    I am thinking goodbye Gilroy, DelZotto, Eminger, McCabe, (at least)

    Looks like hello to Erixon, maybe Parlett, maybe McIlrath…

    now lets get to work on some goal scorers…by the way Richards is not a goal scorer and will cost too much money (he is a great player, but more of a play maker)…we need snipers…who are the UFA’s that have the most goals scored the last couple of years?

  83. Wow, you guys were watching basketball last night? This is like finding out that there is no Santa Claus. Nowitzki had a boo boo on is *NON* shooting hand and he played? What a warrior. Too bad there are no gutsy players in hockey like that.

  84. CTB- you mean they play LIKE they have separated shoulders? :-)

    Good morning, boneheads!

    Are you sure, Grabby? Where did you hear that? :-)

  85. CTBlueshirt on

    Something must have been separated…how else to explain the Sharks going out in 5?

  86. i like bball and i think more people are wtching to see the heat lose. i really want the knicks and rangers both to be good again like the 90’s. it was great in 94 watching knicks and rangers both in the finals. both teams supporting each other by going to games was awesom.
    ilb- idk i heard it somewhere, but boy i’m so sited!!!

  87. I guess we should talk about this whole Bono hitchhiking thing. It’s a pretty unbelievable story.

  88. whats that about manny? i saw a link up but didnt read it? is it really worth reading??

  89. Doodie Machetto on

    phil, re: Stamkos, Tampa isn’t a rich franchise. They might be able to match the cap number of any contract we offer him, but if we give him max salary for one or two years, they might not be able to match the dollars. I’d like to see them pay Stamkos 12 million bucks for two years.

  90. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    The Bruins are an interesting study in that this almost non-descript team has advanced farther than did the Bruins team of recent vintage which had bona fide stars like Kessel, Thornton, and Savard. The supporting cast is better now, perhaps more mature, but now they have fewer game-breakers. Timing is everything, this team is slightly mis-calibrated.

  91. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Memo to Slats: Sign someone, acquire someone who is NOT a defenseman, please. Thank you.

  92. yo manny 4 fingers!! i had a dream that we signed blake parlett. tell me im not dreaming. did we really sign him? im so happy. slats must rea this blog, he is signing a team full of d men!! just 5 more goalies and we’ll be set!

  93. Doodie Machetto on

    Anyone know what the current contract count is with Erixon and Parlett?

  94. boom boom- its called 5 in the box, 5 in the back, and 5 in teh net. its the new strategy so e never gt scored on agan. since were not gonna have any offense besides gabby for awhile, we might as well suit up 5 goalies, an 12 d men. we’ll win in shootouts. 1-0 shootout wins. zuccarllo with 82 gwgs

  95. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    http://www.tsn.ca is the best site I have found for solid, off-season organizational evaluations. Scott Cullen offers an excellent, in-depth and unbiased analysis there, breaking-down the Rangers organization. tsn.ca is an upgrade option to The Bleacher Report. Canadian columnists and reporters know their hockey.

  96. Manny 4 Fingers on

    Gilbert Brule picked up Bono; got into concert; bono talked about him. I guess it isn’t that interesting.

  97. That list doesn’t include UFAs. So if Fedotenko comes back, it’s 50.They have a coupe of UFAs in Hartford.

  98. Doodie Machetto on

    Or the just signed Max Campbell. Or the eventual signing of Brad Richards.

  99. CTBlueshirt on

    Eh, not that impressed with Cullen’s analysis. Suggesting Laich, Leino or Gagne if they don’t land Richards? That’s a pretty steep drop off with those guys compared to Richards.

    His trade market includes Gaborik, Wolski, Avery, Christensen, MDZ and Gilroy.

    Uh let’s see:

    Gaborik has a NTC and is coming off one of his worst seasons in his career
    Wolski is a better buyout candidate than trade chip
    Avery has a partial NTC, is pretty much un-tradeable due to his reputation
    Christensen has no trade value
    Giving up on MDZ (while suggesting that Kaberle could be a FA target) would be a mistake
    Gilroy is overpaid for his role and there’d be little interest in trading for his rights. Better off letting the Rangers not qualify him and let him walk as an UFA.

  100. If McIlrath and Thomas return to junior their contracts won’t count against the 50 player limit.

  101. Doodie Machetto on

    So, as of right now, if they qualify/resign all of the RFAs, we’re at 50 contracts for next year, right?

  102. At least that’s how I understood this little blurb from cap geek:

    Following are 50-man contract reserve lists. Players denoted with “SR” — the abbreviation for a contract “slide risk” — do not necessarily count toward the team’s 50-man limit, meaning a team may appear over the 50-man limit when it is not. See ou

  103. Doodie Machetto on

    So, assuming they go back to juniors, which they will, we’re at 49 contracts with Max Campbell, assuming every RFA is brought back.

  104. I’d imagine a few of the AHL RFAs don’t get re-signed. From what I’ve read over the past couple of months it looks like they want to revamp the Whale roster.

  105. Doodie Machetto on

    CTB, no question that some of them aren’t coming back. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Gilroy wasn’t back. Just too much of a logjam and he will likely want to be a regular somewhere else. In truth, I think he is going to become a decent hockey player. He was our best defenseman (other than Staal) during the playoffs.

  106. Doodie Machetto on

    The Leaf’s fan should be rooting for Vancouver because it’s not Boston. Boston is the rival, he should be against them. The enemy of my enemy is my friend kind of thing.

  107. I think some of the moves like Parlett are to lower the number of vets on the Whale. If I’m not mistaken they’ve got a few guys that are approaching the minimum number of games to be considered a vet in AHL terms. I think there’s quite a few career AHLers on the team. Lower that count will give them flexibility to place someone from the NHL roster in the AHL if need be.

  108. Manny 4 Fingers on

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend. So if someone is your friend and your enemy….

  109. I guess as Rangers fans we’re kind of used trying to figure out who to root for after the Rangers are eliminated (or don’t make the playoffs). I tend to root for the West once the Rangers are out especially if an Eastern team I particularly loathe makes the finals.

  110. Dowzek, Bickell, McCue are all 100% not coming back and some of those RFAs might also be let go. Valentenko also might jump back to Europe…

  111. also McIlrath and Thomas will be back in juniors and Redden will elect to become a FA so there is really no issue with the 50-man roster

  112. Doodie Machetto on

    oleo, I definitely agree with you on the three you listed, and on Valentenko as well. No need to ride buses in Hartford now that there are 6 young guys who are firmly ahead of him on the depth chart. Go to the KHL and make significantly more money that is also tax free.

  113. Doodie Machetto on

    oleo, Redden isn’t electing FA. He will play out his contract at least another year.

  114. The Whale will be fresh with young prospects next year like Ryan Bourque, Dylan McIlrath, and Carl Hagelin, I definitely will try to catch some games live. Career minor-leaguers like Dupont and Bickel will probably be gone…

    Did you guys hear that Lindberg is actually Erixon’s cousin? That is funny!

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