Now that Henrik Lundqvist's contract situation is out of the way, Glen Sather only has 13 more free agents (UFA & RFA) to address.
The next situation likely tackled is Ryan Callahan (UFA, $4.275M per currently), who recently admitted nothing was going on with contract negotiations right now (via New York Post)...
“This is where I want to be, obviously. But like I said, I’m not going to air it out in the media about my contract and what’s going on. Just go about my business on the ice, and that stuff takes care of itself.”
...similar to Lundqvist, I have real concerns about signing Callahan long term. Especially with his history of injury. Callahan will likely be looking for six years, but I'd much rather see four at the most. Ultimately, I think it ends the way Lundqvist's negotiations did and both sides compromise with a five year deal in the $5.5 million dollar range.
...the Ludnqvist contract, to me, is a strong statement that the Rangers organization still believes in the core of the team, so I don't think there's anyway Sather allows Callahan to walk and will probably end up overpaying for his injury-prone Captain.
Meanwhile, Dan Girardi, also a UFA making $3.325M per, refused to discuss his contract situation after the Lundqvist signing, while Anton Stralman (UFA, $1.7M per) does not expect that his contract will be addressed until the offseason.
...i can't believe I'm saying this, but with the way these two defensemen have been playing this season, I wouldn't be shocked to see Stralman re-signed and Girardi allowed to walk. For whatever the reason, Girardi has not been able to find a comfort level in AV's defensive scheme, while Stralman has thrived.
...Stralman, although he will command a raise, will also come a lot cheaper than Girardi, who could be pursued hard by his former coach's team in Vancouver.
Other UFAs include Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt, Beniot Pouliot and Dominic Moore.
The RFAs are Derrick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Michael Del Zotto, Justin Falk and John Moore.
...it's funny, I can pretty much see all the UFAs gone, while all the RFAs, minus Del Zotto, coming back.
...having said that, I don't think all of them will still be on the Rangers roster by the end of the season (cough - Pyatt & Pouliot - cough).
I'd prioritize Stralman almost every D-man we have except McD. Fortunately, just him and Girardi are UFAs. Stralsy has been one of the most consistent D we've had since he had an amazing 2012 playoff run. He's so underrated and therefore undervalued that they could lock him up for cheap. Get. It. Done.
honestly think giving him a raise would be a bad idea... he doesnt deserve it hes an overrated player.. people seem to think he plays a great 2 way game when he actually doesnt and is usually chasing the puck around in his own end... especially when him and and richards play together.... he deserves 4 mill tops if im the rangers i offer him that for 5 years if he dont take it he can walk... ud barely notice if he wasnt there especially in this new system
definitely going to agree with you about the free agents, but i think Boyle will be back. I would definitely want to see both Girardi and Stralman back in blue.
Something to remember is Cally is not going to become a better player than he already is and would most likely start to decline at the end of a contract.Young players coming up are going to get better so that is also part of the picture.Therefore a five year contract if he is resigned is the way to go.He's an ok player, a 2nd/3rd liner with a pretty good shot.and thats it. He's not a superstar.The rest of the UFA's can walk except for a couple- Straalman and Boyle if they don't ask for much of an increase.They've been playing ok.Oh yeah D Moore has been ok too
Contrary to the popular opinion here Cally is an important part if this team and will be resigned. I guarantee he's not dogging it to stay healthy for negotiations, just not Cally's style and as soon as he feels confident his repaired shoulder has re-healed enough ( if that's the injury) he will return to his scrappy hit anything that moves style.. Don't be surprise if Pyatt is reaigned too, he's a master hypnotist (AnnoyingJoe?)
Sign Kreider for 7 years... that is my first concern and then Stralman.
On another note, the Devils had a franchise low in shots last night with 11, the Rangers better find a way to beat this team at home... being 0-3 to a crappy Devils team is unacceptable
Trade Girardy and DZ and whoever else we aren't signing time to do a minor rebuild dump the waste keep who you want and make FA signings that make sense and use our young guys to fill the gaps
They have to figure out a way to trade some of these pieces. It's not like we're in the middle of a dynasty that we need to keep together. Think size and future
I have a bad feeling Cally might walk if the NYR offered him only 5 yrs at 5.5m per. He's gonna get better offers on the open market. I can see him getting 6-7 yrs at 6m per easily cause he's widely respected around the league and lots of GMs covet him for his style/ethic (Cally is a lot like Drury in that way; come to think of it, their career arcs are very similar at this point). With that said, I agree, he's riskier than Hank cause of his injury history, but at least his history is mainly of broken bones and shoulder separations; much better than concussion history.
I hope the NYR can lock in Kreider for 7-8 years at 4-4.5m per. That would look like a bargain at the tail end of the contract if he continues to progress from where he is today.
i'd rather give too many years to hank and cally than to gomez or drury. lock up the core guys, then sign some 3rd and 4th liners who can contribute cheaply like Chicago or Boston has. this rogers deal will lead to increased revenues for the league, so the cap will likely increase.
UFA's I think if they can keep Boyle with a minimal raise they will. He's soft but a solid depth player who plays big min on the pk. D Moore is a wildcard and if they can get him on the cheap he too has been fairly solid.
Can they please dump poopsalot and pylon ASAP!
RFA's I think you're dead on brass is on the cusp but I hope he can start lighting it up. I won't be surprised if they try the bridge gap with Kreider. Zucc has been probably the best bargain in the league but is still see him at hags like numbers but for hopefully longer term. Delzaster is still the enigma and although I hope he can turn it around soon I suspect his time here is VERY short.
At least with an injury prone player you can put them on LTIR for something major. Heck, Marc Savard is still on Boston's LTIR. Our concern for Lundqvist was simply a decline in production based on age, and there's no way to hide that from the cap.
I also think its important they get Kredier locked up. I'd like to see him get a McDonagh-like contract. Not as much money, but the years. None of this bridge deal crap for him. I'd be afraid of Kreider attracting an offer sheet. Sather would never let him walk, but it could force his hand into over paying.
Heart and soul of team 6yr 41.5 mil.. G- 5year 29 mil, cap will just keep going up.. Gotta keep and sign priority guys-
i've been a huge Girardi fan, but this year i have not seen the Girardi i knew and loved ... Girardi will be 30 before the end of the season, and he's a guy that's played a pretty rugged career as a defenseman. The Rangers could quit while they're ahead with him, but we might be glad to have him for the right price.
Cally will never be the same. He'll have his moments and he can certainly be a leader, but that shoulder surgery is serious. At some point he's gotta come around more than he has this season. But he'll be 29 years old in the new year. He should finish career in New York, and I agree he's an important part of this team and should be re-signed, but a lot of his best hockey is behind him.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne I always get worried about teams that have lost so many in a row though. Especially when that team happens to be a rival. The Rangers can't have a slow start tonight.
Resign Cally, Krieder , The Hobbit, Strallman, J Moore, Falk
If they can be had cheap Brass and Boyle
Trade or let walk everyone else
callahan is a third line player tho.... right now hes taking oppurtunities away from guys like hagelin and brassard who are better players better hands shots passers.. its right in front of our faces and nobody wants to see it
Oh and as much as I love G he's probably better as trade bait. Strahlman is solid and cheaper.
Captain America is a MUST, but I agree be wary of long term!
@johnnyb3910 I'd rather he signs a shorter bridge deal than a longer deal right now. If he's a RFA for 4 more years, hit him with a decent raise for 2 years, then give him a long term deal buying a bunch of his UFA years
no way u let brassard go.. hes only going to get better and i think u can sign him on the cheap cuz hes not putting up crazy numbers but i think he has the potential to with the right linemates... he plays well on the powerplay and is one of our better passers if him and zucc shoot more theyd score more
yeah, i hate to say it, i really do, but that shoulder surgery is really nothing to sneeze at. and it can be, in some ways, almost as bad as concussion issues. i'll put it this way, we love captain cally for the way he bangs around, plays an aggressive, physical game, and leads by example, but we have not seen him bang like that since his surgery.
Cally might be a third line player, but Hagelin and Brassard have much more to prove before I can agree Cally is messing up their chances (and I understand you're talking about money and who we can afford because they all play different positions).
Brassard might get better, it's possible, but he has yet to put it together. Depending on who else might be available, a lot of guys could be expendable.