Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants reinforces the notion that the Rangers will not be buying out Wolski...
"But not only is there no buyout of Wolski coming over the next couple of days, it's almost a near certainty he will not be traded between now and the start of training."
Gross adds that the "trick may come if the Rangers want to start the season with both Tim Erixon ($1.75 million) and Michael Del Zotto ($1.09 million) on their roster. They have approximately $700,000 left in cap space including Erixon as one of the six defensemen on the roster but not including Del Zotto. However, it also includes center Erik Christensen ($925,000) who may find himself squeezed from a roster spot now that the team has signed Brad Richards. The Rangers currently have 14 forwards, including Mats Zuccarello ($1.75 million) and could opt to carry just 13."
...carrying just 13 forwards seems like the most likely scenario.
Update, 4:34 p.m.:
Arthur Staple refutes Lawton by saying the Rangers have no plans to buy out Wojtek Wolski in the 48-hour buyout window.
...so the roster is set. Let's drop the puck!!!!
Update, 4:06 p.m.:
Player agent Brian Lawton says to expect the Rangers to make a trade or exercise their buy-out rights in the next 54 hours on Wojtek Wolski.
...the more I hear about Wolski being bought out the more I hate it. Tell me he won't look great on a line with Richards & Gaborik. It also sets up the rest of the line-up as Dubinsky & Callahan can continue to be where they below on the the 2nd line and Stepan can continue to develop into a solid NHL center on the 3rd line.
...plus the Rangers lack offensive skill big time on this team. And despite being inconsistent at times Wolski has plenty of offensive talent.
Jesse Spector at the Daily News reports that regardless of whether Ryan Callahan receives a new contract through arbitration or signs one before the hearing, the Rangers will get a buyout window 48-hours later.
A source told Spector that if Glen Sather is unable to make a trade to get some money off the books, using the buyout window is a definite possibility.
...Wolski better be packing his bags.
...although I'd much rather see EC or (gulp) Avery sent to Hartford than a buyout of Wolski.
No need to make things more complicated....do what is best for the team...do not need any additional problems...let's play hockey..
I don't like any comfortable fuck who doensn't give 100% as a Ranger in every game. I'd prefer BUY BYE WOLS!
this sucks i sat through the first buyout period scared to see who would be bought out now i have to sit through another. all the unncertantiy makes me nervous
We all know if they buyout Wolski they'll just spend that money on another average forward. Might as well at least keep him around for now and see if he can produce before they try another guy who will also probably fail.
The only thing that makes sense from the NYR in my opinion to regain cap space is to trade Girardi and EC for some picks, optimally a 1st but more than likely a good 2nd, as Girardi will never be worth more than he is now after last season. Teams see a player who will do anything to get in front of a puck and that's valuable. Meanwhile, we have a few replacements for him so that's why I feel he's expendable. Solves the forward glut and opens cap space for later deals.
Meh this is all speculation right now. The most likely guy to go would be Christensen...I don't think they feel he has the potential to exceed what he's shown in the last 2 years. They should be able to get under the cap moving EC for a pick. This is a far better hockey move than simply dumping WW.
Once again I agree. I don't think the buyout of Wolski makes much sense at this point. When you look at the team in general we won't need to make any in season acquisitions without a trade. So depending on Callahan's contract you have to clear at most 1.5 million in cap space. Now if Zucc's (1.75) or Avery (1.92) don't make the roster they can start in Hartford and that would clear about that much space. Zucc's is on a two way contract so it will be easier to bring him up and send him down. I really believe EC could be traded for a low round draft pick - 5th Round - That would clear 925,000. If not he could stay in Hartford. The only other option is that Wolski doesn't make the roster out of camp and the Rangers can try and trade him or release him via re-entry waivers if someone takes a bite. Either way, the Rangers have two too many forwards on there roster now and there are a few young guys who will make a push at camp so somethings gotta give.
Avery can't go to Hartford. He was claimed off of re-entry waivers. I was a fan of demoting him myself until I read that somewhere about him.
@Bean545 Pretty similar to my thoughts ... You switched some wings around
Wolski - Richards - Gabi
Dubi - Anisimov - Cally
Avery/Zuccs - Stepan - Feds
Prust - Boyle - Rupp
I think you have to have Erixon and Del Zotto on different lines.
Sauer and MCD are stay at home so break them up
Staal - Girardi
Pashnin-Valentenk and Kundretek especially the last two can spend time in Hartford and be used for trades... I think Pashnin and McIlrath are guys you keep...I like V and K but they just can't crack the lineup...
@AnnoyingJoe He has compromising pictures of Sather?
@AlanPudding I suggest you read my post about leadership if only to read Girardi's stats from last season... then consider his awesome cap hit
@AlanPudding I think Girardi will get traded either this year or next because the Rangers have a glut of defensive D, all younger than him who will be coming up for contracts. But for picks??? The guy is a proven top 2 D, and not just from last year. If he does get traded, it will be for a helluva lot more than picks. Minimum would be top line winger or top 6 forward plus high first round pick. This guy's an all-star, they just don't put defensive D in the All-Star game, otherwise he would have been.
@AlanPudding Did you just type "trade Giarardi????" Yeah, he's valuable. yeah, he will do anything to get in front of a puck. and he's also only 27, a very comfortable 3.2something cap hit for the next couple of years, and has developed into one of the best defensive defensman in the league over the past seasons. and he is the best shotblocker in theleague...
But lets trade him.
@KingBadaBing As far as I recall, Avery can be sent down, but the Stars would then no longer be responsible for half of his salary.
@KingBadaBing I've read that it is an option. Can you find what you read. Thanks.
Wow. I didn't realize that. Well that means that either Zucc's or Wolski don't make the team if there is no buyout. Unless there's a trade of some sorts...
@KevinDeLury I feel he had his chances last season to show his skills and commitment, which he lacked even though Torts benched him. But if he starts to show blue shirt passion in every game and produce 1 point/game as a coyote in 09/10, i'd be more than happy to buy an #86 jersey.
@Bean545 Unless he lights it up in training camp and pre-season, I don't see MZA making the team out of camp, especially if Wolski and Avery are still here. Personally, I would like to see Avery and Wolski swapped in your lines. Avery gives a little protection on the top line, plus he has some defensive awareness. Wolski give scoring punch to the 3rd line, doesn't have to worry about defensive zone coverage as much with Stepan and Feds on the line, and he meshed well with Stepan last year. Pipe dream I know given Avery's dog house status, but it would be worth a shot.
@Bean545 I like them. Hoping that's what the opening night lineup looks like. Although I think Eminger will be in there over Pashnin.
@Bean545 There aren't going to be alot of teams that are going to enjoy playing against that 4th line. Sheesh!
@gravey94 I "liked" that even though it made me uncomfortable.
@gravey94 When you start talking about being a contender right now - why the hell would you trade one of your top two d-men - at such a great cap hit...We have a glut of young defensemen - Tenko , Kundra, Pashnin, McIlrath, McD, Sauer - the first three are the more likely trade candidates...
@AnnoyingJoe He's shown to be willing to block pucks but that doesn't make a dman. he's also shown to be a disaster at times on coverage and doesn't always make the best decision with the puck. I know he's developed something with Staal, but from where DG started (ECHL) to now, we've gotten more than anyone could have thought from him. His upside is nil. He could be a valuable commodity from that perspective.
@JamesU Right. I checked Dallas' cap on capgeek and they not only pay him half but also carry half his cap hit, which means Avery will stay on the NHL roster or never come back up cause if he did his cap hit would be almost 4 mill
@JamesU It's because he was claimed off of re-entry waivers as opposed to sending him down normal waivers.
@gravey94 Great point about Avery and Wolski. I think that having Stepan set Wolski up could end up being a great combination and we all know that Avery can score when he plays with top talent cause he goes hard to the net...
@Scott_from_Jersey Good point. I love that line last year too. So are they your third or fourth line? and then what does your other bottom six line look like?
I think Boyle Prust and Feds have a good thing going on as a line , I'd like to keep that group together. They bang, they possess the puck, they are tight as can be in our own end, and once in while they'll throw in a clutch goal. Love em. @KevinDeLury
@Ranger Dave I'm not proposing to trade him and it has nothing to do with the current cap hit, it's more about the future hit when he is a FA. Sure the 3 you mention are more likely, but they also have lesser returns. I'm just saying that I could see the Rangers dangling Girardi if they feel they are a top winger away from serious cup contention and feel like Sauer/McDonagh/McIlrath/Kundratek will give them essentially what Girardi gives them.
@AnnoyingJoe Got to agree with Joe here. No way we trade Girardi now. If we do ever trade him it will be closer to the end of his contract and only if the young guys prove they can hang with the BEST offensive players in the NHL. I just don't see a point in trading a guy like Girardi now or in the next two years. You need him to be a veteran on such a young D corp.
@AlanPudding disagree. haven't heard that many fans getting on DG, aside from him watching Gaborik getting slapped around... I think him and Staal have developed into a top-notch grouping. I think he will continue to develop....I guess we'll see.