Another #NYR note: Rangers and reps for RFA D Ryan McDonagh have held preliminary contract talks, but nothing serious yet— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) June 11, 2013
McDonagh just completed a three year deal that paid him $1.3 million per year ($875K salary + $425K performance bonus + $87.5K signing bonus).
...the Rangers are notorious for playing hardball with their RFAs (just ask Dubinsky & Del Zotto), so don't expect them to crack open the vault for McDonagh. At the end of the day, this is a business and the Rangers have the upper hand. In this salary cap NHL world, the Rangers have to be smart about signing their RFAs. Especially when Sather spends so haphazardly with UFAs.
...having said that, McDonagh is due a significant raise and should be getting around $3.5 million per. Assuming Sather will start the bidding below $3 million.
...Rangers just have to hope the Flyers don't pull a Shea Weber and send McD an offer sheet for some ridiculous contract. Not that I think he'd sign it.
6 Years, 4.25 per (AVG) for 25.5 Million. They are going to want to lock him up long term.
Look at the deals that Jossi (NSH) & Ekman-Larson (PHX) 3 year RFA's , same age, same value to those clubs as MCD to the Rangers.
My guess. NYR offer 2.5m plus bonuses for 2 years (like he usually does with RFAs). Then another team puts an offer sheet for McD that's way above that and the Rangers end up matching.
I have no doubts that Holmgren would pull out an offer sheet for McDonagh, but he would be wise to remember that Giroux, Couturier, and Schenn are RFAs next year. Sather doesn't mess with other team's RFAs so I doubt Holmgren would risk waking the bull by doing it to him.
yeah, thats the number i came up with too. $3.5 mil/per TOPS. does he deserve more? yeah. can it be fit under the cap? uh, no.
@gravytrain9 I agree that's what he should get, but Sather loves to low ball his RFAs.
@gravey94 I would be surprised if McD doesn't get an offer sheet from any team. Many teams would kill to have a defenseman like him. But the NYR's I'm pretty sure will match for him.
@TruBluEsp Allegiance to the Rangers.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG you mean that you're going to act like a flyer fan? LOL