Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Rangers are expected to investigate Devils free agent defenseman Marek Zidlicky this summer.
The 36-year old Zidlicky, who just completed a three-year deal that paid him $4 million per, had 4g, 15a and was a -12 last season. He has 176 (45g, 131a) power play points during his career.
...earlier in his career Zidlicky was a stud on the power play, now he's nothing more than serviceable with the extra man. Although on the Rangers, serviceable would be a welcome change. At 36, I'd hate to see the Rangers offer anything more than a two-year deal at $2.5 million per.
...although with the way former Devils have performed on the Rangers (ie Gomez, Holik & Driver), I would almost rather they look in another direction.
Speaking of tri-state area UFA defensemen, Brooks adds that the Rangers are not likely to pursue Islanders captain Mark Streit when he hits free agency on July 5th.
According to reports, Streit could command a 4-year deal averaging $6 million per.
...while Sather might be the trade guru, his free agency history leaves a lot to be desired, so I couldn't be happier to hear this report. No way the Rangers should be signing a 35-year old defensemen for that kind of money or years.
Finally, Brooks notes that when the Rangers front office convenes at Glen Sather’s Western White House in La Quinta, Calif. for their organizational meetings today, besides the head coaching vacancy, they'll also focus on Brad Richards’ amnesty buyout and Ryane Clowe’s pending unrestricted free agency.
If they Rangers decide to re-sign Clowe they'll be obligated to send a second-round pick to the Sharks in 2014 in addition to the second and third in 2013 already sent San Jose’s way as part of the trade deadline deal. If the Rangers don't re-sign Clowe it'll be a fifth round pick headed to the Sharks.
...during Clowe's short stint with the Rangers, I really liked what I saw, but the concussions are very concerning and you have to wonder if they'll force him to curb the physical style of play that makes him so effective. Which is why, unless the Rangers can get Clowe dirt cheap, I'd rather see them pass. It's bad enough they already sent San Jose 2nd & 3rd round picks, no need to send them any further early round selections for a guy who might be on the IR more than the ice.
The worst Devil ever to play for the Rangers....Bobby Holik...I think he deliberately sabotaged the Rangers and played bad for them on purpose
Streit has as much chance at getting a 4year, $6m deal as Colonel Sanders has to be considered a gourmet chef.
Clowe's concussions don't really bother me. They were mild, and they said he could have come back if the Boston series went longer. He will have all summer to recover. I still don't want to see him signed for longer than 3 years though.
Clarkson, Clowe, Bickell, Horton, they need to go after at least one if not two of these guys. This team is way too soft!!!!!!!!!!! Any team that bitches and moans about their coach being too abrasive needs a couple fucking rugged personalities. Seriously, who playing competitive sports growing up, ever even thought about complaining that the "coach is too mean."????? GRRRAHHHHHHHHH!
Back to the point. Go after rugged big forwards PLEASE!
I would package Del Zotto and Boyle in a trade to get a real PP quarterback. Save some money and move Stralman up to in Del Zottos slot.
i'd like to see the spot go to McIllrath then to sign Streit if we must sign a vet def. Whitney would be a better fit than any ive heard mentioned.
Does someone know what's the deal with salary cap after 2013-2014? Will it still be the same or will it go up?
If you think the team passes too much on offense or the power play, wait till you watch Zidlicky. The epitome of a pass-first guy, frustrating to a point. Devils fans I know don't even want him back.
If the Rangers make it to the Eastern Conference Finals they still have to surrender a 2nd round pick whether they resign Ryan Clowe or not as part of the conditional pick they sent SJ. Only if neither thing happens is the pick a 5th round pick. I'd say after giving up all that for a player, it'd be a real waste to allow him to walk.
@cb1 "Mild" concussions are still concussions. With every concussion you become more prone to more severe injury. I know from experience, my brother had several while playing basketball...
i dont think the Rangers had a problem with the discipline,I think it was the style of play,the constant juggling of lines,how can you have cohesiveness if you with a linemate no more then 2 or 3 shifts at a time.zero patience with the young talent. i was a Torts supporter but these things wore on me,he did not adapt to the talent of his roster,time for change
@GiveGartneraCup Both Bickell and Horton are going to be WAY overpriced. Someone is going to give Bickell $4M+ a year after the playoffs he is having, but he's just not really a top 6 player. Horton I like a lot, but his concussion history is a lot more troublesome than Clowe's IMO.
Clarkson would be great. He's a better scorer than Clowe. I doubt we could afford him if the cap goes down though.
@TheWrage Sounds like he'll fit right in. lol. He was a weapon on the power play in Nashville, maybe new coach would get him to focus on shooting again.
@cb1 @GiveGartneraCup I don't know man. Bickell plays on a top line with Hossa and Toews. He creates a LOT of space for those two. It'd be great to see Nash with player that clogs up the middle of the ice and allows him to use his speed to the outside. He's young, he's big, he can score and the Hawks won't be able to afford him. But, if not him, they have to go after one of the other three
@Beezer19 seriously. who does he think he is, Wade Redden?