I little light on Rangers news the last few days, so I really don't got much for you. To get the "open thread" started I'll update you on where a couple of former Rangers have landed this offseason:
- Matt Gilroy signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers. He'll get paid $700K if he makes the Panthers.
...once again Gilroy not given much of a chance with the Rangers. Not that he really deserved it, but I thought he played pretty well in limited action for the Rangers. With the signings of Johnson and Falk it was obvious the Rangers were moving in a different direction.
- Benn Ferriero signed a one-year, two way contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
The Rangers had traded Ferriero to the Wild for Falk and a 6th round pick this offseason but Minnesota didn't qualify him so he became a free agent.
...nice little reunion with Torts who was actually impressed with Ferriero in his short stint with the Rangers last season.
- Finally, Rangers 2006 first round pick & bust Bobby Sanguinetti has signed a two-year contract with KHL team Atlant Moscow.
...and you thought Kovalchuk was the only big name player leaving the NHL for Russia.
And if this post didn't bore you enough he's an interview with Chris Kreider about virtually nothing...
Since this post wasn't likely a discussion starter, you guys can talk about whatever you like. Including your weekend plans or how big of a contract extension you think Lundqvist will get. Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy thinks it'll be big.
If I'm not mistaken hank already makes abt 6.5 per, so worst case scenario ( max contract) is really only abt a 1.5 mill extra hit on the cap next year
Pretty excited about this kid Kristo. If he makes the team, they could have a WJC line of Kreider/Stepan/Kristo. Though not sure that line would be super effective.
http://t.co/W41sJlzgi4 Richards is training!
@FREE LINDBERG my money is on Seth Jones, but I hope I'm wrong
@BrendyJohnson we could use a Dale Weise in our lineup
@_Jack He looks like he's gonna injure himself.
@_Jack guess he realized sitting around drinking wine... is not a good offseason workout
@_Jack I like it!
@_Jack I'm standing by my comments from earlier...Richards will turn it around and be a beast this season
@cb1 One thing I really like about Kreider, and a lot of the NYR young guys...they all seem to have good heads on their shoulders. Only young guy who seems a little cocky is JT, but I'll cut him slack since he's still a kid really.
@Lordstanleybroadway Seriously. What is he pulling a horse? He's probably running up a mountain now too.
Kreids just looked scared of contact all year until the tail end of the Caps series. He's blessed with such an incredible combo of speed and size but he plays like an abused puppy on the ice. Thanks to Sather going small, he's not going to have anyone to protect him. Hopefully he'll learn to fend for himself. He would have played fearless and with so much more confidence with a Clowe/Clarkson/Horton type on his line. Spilt milk I know
I like the way he started using his size and banging more in the playoffs. He just needs to work on getting some glue on his stick so the puck does not come off so easy. Perhaps Haggs has extra :)
@bizarrospeak @FREE LINDBERG @cb1 I think Kreider needs someone to set him up. He's that kind of player, a finisher. He's not someone who creates a play out of nothing on his own, which is why I believe he will be a very good player, but not an elite talent. He reminds me of Kevin Stevens with speed. but w/o Mario Lemieux setting him up.
I'd like to see him with Nash & Brassard, both guys who can pass the puck and draw defenders to them, opening up the ice for Kreider (as we saw in small flashes in the playoffs)
Sure he struggled in the AHL, but he was playing with Kris Newbury (not exactly an NHL caliber guy), and he actually started to play well with Newbury. And Torts played him mostly with 4th liners. When Kreider has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, look who's setting him up (Nash, Stepan, Cally)
Sure, we can blame Torts for sending him up and down and ruining his confidence, but no one seems to pay attention to the fact that he looked straight up lost in the AHL, during the lock out, when Torts wasn't even a factor.
That being said, I hope he proves me wrong and becomes and offensive juggernaut under AV. If he makes the team that is.