In this morning's NY Post, Larry Brooks opines over soon to be un-restricted free agents Henrik Lundqivst, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. In it, he states that negotiations with all three players and their agents have yet to begin, despite the recent news of contract extensions elsewhere around the league (Joe Pavelski, Jay Bouwmeester, etc.)
Regarding Lundqvist, Brooks states:
"For Lundqvist, clearly the most essential athlete on the roster and currently at $6.875 million per year, the questions are whether the number is closer to $8.5M or $9.5M per, and whether the contract is for seven years or the maximum eight?"
"The Rangers likely are going to want to pay him as the league’s best goaltender. Lundqvist likely is going to want to be paid as one of the league’s best players."
Once again, the numbers that Brooks is throwing around are a bit off base. Even as Brooks stated in his article just the paragraph prior that Lundqvist is going to be paid at fair market value, while accurate, a goaltender's value is presently at a slightly lower standard compared to forwards and defensemen. Tukka Rask and Pekka Rinne are the highest paid goaltenders in the NHL and both possess cap hits of $7 million. Lundqvist's fair market value somewhere lies between $7-8 million per.
Brooks continues onto Callahan, who points to recent contracts given to Dustin Brown and Blake Wheeler as starting points to negotiating an extension with Callahan, but goes on to state this...
"You better believe that Buffalo, for one, would be willing to do pretty much whatever it would take to bring the Rochester native close to home."
I'll speculate myself that Callahan isn't less worried about whether he's going to play in upstate or downstate New York in the fall of 2014, but who gives him the best chance at winning the Stanley Cup. I think it's safe to say that the Rangers are just a bit further along than Buffalo is right now.
Finally, Brooks moves on to Dan Girardi and points to Jay Bouwmeester's 5 year, $27 million extension with the St. Louis Blues as a starting point.
Over the past couple days here on the blog, you guys have used Girardi as a pawn to not only secure Derek Stepan's future here in New York, but to round out the scoring depth in the bottom half of the Rangers lineup and perhaps pick up a nice mid-high level prospect as well. I like Girardi as much as the next guy, but if it's going to take that much money to secure him, I might have to jump on the "trade Girardi" bandwagon myself.
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If MacIlrath has a big year in the AHL/ NHL, and its rolling around that time in his development -any thoughts about Girardi extension could become less serious, We'll be fairly strong on D if MacIlrath meets team expectations.Danny G could be a trade in the stretch run.
I think Lundqvist and Callahan will re-sign, this is a tight knit team with a lot of history together-many of the prospects and young players have been together for years as well. Rangers believe they are a cup contender there isn't much doubt. and Cally and Lundy also buy into that SC goal for sure.They'll be signed.
Larry Brooks does a pretty good job of periodically reminding us that he has no idea what he is even talking about.
Not a CBA expert, but I would imagine that extensions given to players this season that affect the $/year in 13-14 would affect their cap hit as well. Sather still needs to build a team for this season. Building a team for 14-15 and beyond is a secondary concern right now.
Maybe next weekend Larry can write a panic article about where we'll be in 2018 when Rick Nash's contract expires and theres currently no developing all-star in our farm system right now...
These are valid concerns for us to dicuss on a forum like this, but for Brooks to pull stuff out of his ass like Buffalo wanting Ryan Callahan 12 months from now just so he can write an article and get paid by word...oh wait, I'm not surprised...
The Girardi bit at the end.. Really? Just lost some credibility to me. We ALL know if we trade Girardi, a premier defensive D, we'd all be whining at the next trade deadline for a shut down D man. And they all make a shitload of money. If Girardi settles for 5-5.5M it's a perfect contract worth every penny. This team has prospects up front. Lets worry about keeping Staal out of Carolina and maybe trade DZ because its one of those two who will be leaving, I don't think Girardi will.
@tygalpin You didn't just slam dunk that one, You just alley-oop windmill dunked it off the backboard to yourself. Larry Brooks might be retarded. There is a reason torts hated him (besides it being fun).
@johnnyb3910 the cap hit doesn't take effect until the contract starts
ex. if lundqvist signs $8.5 mil/7 year extension this season, his current cap hit is on the books this year and next season when the new contract goes into effect, the new cap hit of 8.5mil will as well
Staal isn't a FA until 14/15. McIlrath should be ready to step into a full time roll on the top 6 by then, if not before then. If that seasons trade deadline nears and he won't resign, then you make a decision on Staal. I doubt the Rangers will want to pay Girardi 5 mil per on a long term deal. He's a good defensive defenseman but not wort that much money. No way. No matter what the Cap is, he cannot be paid more than McDonagh(4.7 per). If he's looking for that, I'm sorry but he's walkin.
No one knows how DZ is gonna play in a new offensive Puck Possession system. He could be a dominant player in this strategy but fans don't even wanna see him this year. Just trade him. That's not too smart. The guy is only 23 years old and has a 40 point season to his credit. Last year with all the injuries DZ played some tough mins and was in a role he was not accustomed to. He played an average of 23:10 last season and led defenseman in scoring in a down year. A year in which he played injured. He was a +6 and had 21 points. That's not a bad down year to have for a young kid. He drives me crazy at times too, but his skill set is undeniable. To just give up on him now before seeing him in this new strategy under new coach Alain Vineault would be a mistake. To trade him for how he played last year is a mistake. Then you're rushing into a bad deal. If a team approaches the Rangers and makes a "Knock your Socks off" trade proposal then so be it but if Sather just took the 1st offer to appease you people. You would all be complaining about how we got beat in the DZ trade.
@Centerman21 Centerman21, more like Centerman #1... amirite?
six million for girardi?!?! last time I checked he isn't ekman-larsson or doughty. he needs to provide a lot more offense to justify those numbers.
@KevinDeLury I think he would make about $4.5. Girardi would be willing to negotiate. He loves NY, his wife and son love the city and they want to make their lives here. He is another character guy who is one of the leaders in the locker room, that much was evident during 24/7 and the Winter Classic.
Another thing to consider is that the cap will go up after this season, so the team should have some money to play with.
So Bouwmeester is better than Girard at this point of their careers? Girardi is a heckuva player who's got more balls than Bouwmeester ever will
He's not getting that much. Sather may look to negotiate an extension with him before the deadline and trade him before letting him walk for nothing at seasons end. No way Sather could justify giving Girardi more than McDonagh (4.7 mil)! Right? The cap is going to go up maybe leading to higher contracts but wouldn't the teams best defenseman feel cheated if Girardi got a 5.5mil deal? If Girardi wants to stay he needs to sign an extension on his current deal.