According to Cap Geek, the Rangers have re-signed Brandon Mashinter to a one-year, $605,000 contract.
It is a two way deal that would pay him $75,000 in the AHL.
Mashinter had 10g, 9a in 35 games with the CT Whale after being obtained mid season from the Worshester Sharks last season.
He was scoreless in four games with the Rangers.
...if you're a reader of this blog you know I have a serious man crush on Mashinter, so I'm ecstatic to have him back. Big, tough forward, who stands up for teammates and can score the occasional goal? There will always be a place for a guy like that on my team.
...having said that, he played very timid when recalled last season and has me questioning whether he he can succeed in the NHL. I'd like to hope it was nothing more than jitters and he makes a big push to crack the opening night roster in camp.
...after Dorsett, the Rangers are void of any toughness and Mashinter could be the perfect 13th forward who AV could plug into the line-up against teams such as the Flyers and Bruins. Especially if the Rangers end up demoting Asham to the AHL.
H/T to Blue Seat Blogs.
Great the lack of toughness has been addressed. Hopefully this guy doesn't play like he did in 4 games with the Rangers last season... Now we all have to wait nervously too see what Sather has up his sleeve to get Stepan resigned.
when Mash was called up the Rangers were just not fighting anybody and there were no responses. I've said it before, but I think it was Torts not trusting our PK squad and telling them to hold back the retaliation. I think Mash won't be near as timid next time he's called up (seriously doubt that he doesn't). Glad to have him back!
He could've been scared of getting on the bad side of the coach like so many other young players. Glad he is signed. Big tough customer. Lets hope he brings it all together!
I was wondering why they didnt sign him earlier. I don't remember if they sent him a QO or not but with the way the team has changed over the last 2 years, a big tough kid like Mashinter is an important signing. I don't know why but there isn't many players on the NHL roster that may be willing to drop the gloves and get into a scrum.
The Rangers have plenty of money to resign Stepan. The Cap spending for the summer is a little higher than it will be on opening day due to a few players on the roster for cap that will be sent to Hartford and their NHL salaries will come off the Rangers AAV.
I couldn't believe how Mashinter showed up looking timid with the big club. I gotta believe he knows it, hope he learned from it, and will come back with something to prove.
Meanwhile, in looking for toughness after Dorsett, Michael Haley is the guy to look at. He played well as a call up. Mashinter should have more up side, but it remains to be seen at the NHL level.
Anyway, I'm glad he remains with the club. Good signing.
It wasn't just a matter of not fighting, Mash looked like he was out
of his league when he was called up. He wasn't prepared for the hockey
part, regardless of the fighting part. He's not an enforcer per se, and
he's shown in the AHL that he can grab some points. He's going to have
to skate and earn himself ice time for all aspects of his game.
I agree with you that a fresh start (change from Torts) could do him some good ...
Glad to have him back too.
@Victoria Swanson Chapman
I'm not so worried about the cap space remaining, because they're going to make space one way or another. I think they can be 10% over the cap prior to the season. Of course a number of players will play in Hartford, and a lot of folks are speculating a trade may be likely -- maybe even a trade for draft picks that would clear some cap space. We'll see, but Stepan will be signed.
@JMK8363 My bad. lol
@thenyrblogneill Better get your wallet ready.
@Jay Meisch if in about a month if hes not signed ill start bugging out, its gonna take a while to get that contract done without arbitration. But it still bothers the ever loving crap out of me
I really like Michael Haley I hope he makes the team out of camp. Haley-Moore-Dorsett 4th line sounds good to me. I'm just wondering how the hell Sather plans to resign Stepan! I really think somebody is going to be traded.
He played in 4 games last year. The Rangers had other guys that could fight if needed. He's a young kid and was maybe a little overwhelmed by the size and scope of the NHL crowd. I think he will be a little more assertive this time around.
If he plays in 5 games and is effective in them. Then he did his job. He will only be needed to fill in for an injured 4th liner or when the next opponant calls for some more toughness in the bottom 1/2 of the lineup as a call up. Like you wrote, teams like Boston, Philly, and maybe even the Devils who are a big tough team. The Devils added Clowe to an already hard team to play against. The Devils may not have much offensive ilk but they're like the Patriots in the NFL. Somehow they'll be a contender at least. Change the way they play a bit. I believe all the teams in our division have improved either by subtraction or by adding in free agency and trades. I do think the Rangers have everything a championship team needs to have. Mash is a necessary piece.