Darrel Powe, Johan Hedberg, Aaron Asham, also on waivers— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) July 4, 2013
Today, the Rangers placed forwards Arron Asham and Darroll Powe on regular waivers (not unconditional waivers required for buyout.) Asham has 1 year and 1 million dollars left on his contract that he signed with the Rangers last July 1st. Powe, acquired in a midseason trade with Minnesota in exchange for Mike Rupp, is coming into the final year of his deal and a cap hit of 1.06 million.
To date, the Rangers have a shade over 14 million in cap space which would increase to 16 million if both players are claimed. It would also leave them with just 8 signed forwards on the roster. Too early to tell if this is nothing more than an attempt to shed salary out of necessity to resign RFA's or if today's transactions are the tip of the iceberg to something much bigger. Just the start of another summer in Rangerland....
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Does Sather realize the Blue Jackets of the past few years were not exactly the 1979 Montreal Canadiens? You build a winner by trading or drafting proven winners. We are morphing into an team with too much mediocre talent.
Flyers just keep digging themselves in worse... Giroux 8 year extension at 8.25 per year.... they are going to have no money this year or next...
The Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.
So here's my take on recent events. Sather gave Torts a shot at winning his way. He almost made in 11'-12' but came up short. Sather probably wanted Torts to open things up more and not be such a grinding team, but Torts would not change his style. So Sather went all in getting him Clowe and dumping a non-grinding sniper. That still didn't work, and Torts still wouldn't change, so Sather dumped him and is now putting this team together, from the coach on out, the way he thinks they can win. With all the speed and skill players being drafted, a coach that's more open, and all the grinders being let go (Clowe, Powe, Asham, etc.) it appears that Sather wants this team to be more run and gun for the forwards and let the D and Hank take care of the ensuing odd man rushes, etc. I don't have a crystal ball so I have no idea if this will work or not, but I'm willing to bet it will be more entertaining to watch and if they stay healthy I think they have a legit shot to be elite.
Asham is a grinder? Sure, he'd be happy, though surprised to hear that. Get rid of him and Boyle. Give Miller and Kreider plus two Swedes a chance to play with an offensive minded coach, something good may happeb.
So Dorsett is our tough guy... and maybe Haley. We don't even have Newbury to call up. We don't have a big guy.
I don't criticize the move. I think Asham and Powe both contributed, and it was nice seeing a few goals from Asham (would've been nice if Powe could've added that to his game). But we start to look a little vulnerable. I hope McIlrath's skating has come along leaps and bounds but I remain highly skeptical that he is ready for the NHL. We need to address toughness.
A lot of changes going on. More than I thought we were going to see. It never ends...
Dying to know what our roster looks like starting the season.
Gordie really likes this kid, thinks he has a chance to make roster
If we are going this route and Cally and hags cant start the season... We better see Lindberg, Miller, Fast, and Kristo.. Then I would be excited to see some of that young talent in AV's system!!!
Plan A didn't happen ( buy out Richey) so let's see what Plan B is. Slats is unpredictable and as much as I don't agree with him I like his unpredictability and he Can pleasantly surprise. So let's see if we can predict what he's going to do next. Hmm, 2 back up Dmen. A couple minor waivers. Maybe a big deal for MDZ? Or perhaps a ' block buster deal with Carolina involving Mark Staal? this is getting interesting.
Looks like Pyatt is staying. With Mashinter given a tender, we might see him and Pyatt on the 4th line this year as our grinding line. Still woefully undermanned. I still think we will see MDZ peddled somewhere.
@_JackI guess Horton just got replaced... Good deal on Bostons end as they have the win now team with ageing/prime Dmen, Prime Begereon, Eriksson just reaching prime Lucic, Marchant, and the rest of their pieces already seem to click perfectly. They had to give up age which is understandable if they want the cup next year....
@gravey94 You are 100% right!!!! Thats exactly what happened.
@gravey94 I'll be happy if the PP is a weapon. If the NYR can have a lethal PP, teams will be inclined to take less liberties with us, and then we don't need a guy who is a one dimensional enforcer that can barely skate.
That sounds plausible as far as what went down, and it does appear this is the way Sather's going ... but even without being a grinding team, we need a bit more toughness. We're at a new beginning, but I think (hope) we will have a competitive group moving forward. I hope Richards plays well and helps out the kids and generally leaves the team in good shape when he is bought out next summer.
Got to have both in the line-up. Dorsett is the agitator....also in the fighter category ....lightweight..who can take the occasionally middleweight. Dorsett CAN NOT be the only tough guy. He would get smoked by every Heavyweight.
Dorsett and Haley on the 4th line. And give me a tough guy as a 6th Dman. ....McIlrath
Clowe is done Josh. Concussed 3 times last two years. I knew it when he took the weak elbow that he would never make it through the playoffs. We got sold damaged goods.
Let another team worry about him....cut bait.
@FREE LINDBERG Shouldn't this free up some more cap to try to resign Clowe?
@Betweentheworlds He definitely likes to keep the Rangers fan base on their toes.
@giammarcor Pyatt played on the first line for AV in Vancouver and scored 20+ goals. I think he may get pushed up (not on the first line) to stretch the depth of the team.
@SpazzBrown I won't have as many opportunities to yell 'POW!!' when Powe gets hit.
@GiveGartneraCup It really is. I am worried. do not want to have a situation like we had where we had no one to stand up for gaborik. we dont really have a enforcer.
Agree, but I think Sather will eventually add some of that back in as well. Maybe even some grinders with speed ;-)
that was a long time ago for Pyatt -- 2006-07 -- and he's seen terrible adversity sine then and a downward trend in his points (37; 19; 23; 31; 19; 11). It would be great to see him have some kind of comeback, but he's already 31. Ife he gets pushed up, we're probably not a very good team ... but I'm rootin' for him! Maybe he can come up with 20 points.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Well we still have the Hobbit
@gravey94 Also about your comment of let Hank handle the ensuing 2 on 1's. Thats how Slats coached. He preached defense but not at the sake of scoring oppportunities. He wanted Coffey, Lowe, Huddy to join the rush & if they got caught he had a world class goalie in Fuhr to cover them up. With Puck Possesion being all the rage w-the stats geeks Slats was the ultimate puck possesion coach. Torts was the opposite of what Sather was as a coach/GM.
i gotta believe he's looking for a big man. i'm sure that was one place where he and Torts differed -- Torts had no use for Boogard, Slats wanted him, and other fighters before him ...
in any case, once again we'll be going into the season a very different team
maybe ... if need be
One hard check up high....or fist to the chin or cheek....and its adios for Clowe. I would not be worried about him.