Larry Brooks at the New York Post speculates that the Rangers are likely to pursue Capitals UFA Matt Hendricks this summer.
Brooks adds that the 32-year old Hendricks is a "jagged-edged center" who kills penalties and fits the "Black-and-Blueshirt" mold.
Hendricks, who was being paid $825,000 per, had 5g, 3a and was a -6 last season. He was also a 57% faceoff man during the regular season, however, that dipped to 40% in the Capitals series against the Rangers in which he also went scoreless.
...an older depth player, who doesn't score, is good on the penalty kill and can win faceoffs? Sounds like exactly what we heard about Jeff Halpern. How'd that work out?
...also just looking at the Rangers free agency situation, there really isn't any room for Hendricks on the roster, unless Sather makes a trade this offseason. Fourth liners such as Powe, Asham, Newbury, Boyle and Pyatt are all under contract next season. The only free agents the Rangers have are Clowe, Stepan, Hagelin and Zuccarello. And while I expect all three of the younger Rangers back, if the Rangers decide to pass on Clowe, I don't see Hendricks as a suitable replacement.
...plus the guy only won 40% of his faceoffs against the Rangers and we stink.
if we should go after ANY center, it should be Matt Cullen. Not exactly an impact player but he's familiar with the organization, kills penalties, works on the powerplay, is good in the shootout, and just a really good lockerroom guy to have. Esp if we buy out Richards, we should sign him to a 2-3 year deal
They should amnesty Richards, but the problem is that there aren't many productive centers out there for cheap. They could get a guy like Filppula or Weiss for half of what they paid Richards, but I don't know if we'd get more than 20 goals from either player. Derek Roy will be available too.
If they are looking at a guy like this... That is not good news for Richards. You have three centers locked next year if you resign Stepan. Maybe they are thinking about a buyout, and will have Hendricks as a fourth line center.... Just a thiught
Hendricks? For what!? Torterella will play him 4 minutes, he'll take 5 facelifts mostly as a 4th liner, and win 3. Big help! Sather needs to get rid of Richards, find a playmaking center who wins facelifts and bring in someone to teach Stepan on the art of faceoffs I don't know who keeps faceoff stats but whoever it is is padding his & Richards win percentage. Part of the Rangers PP woes stems from having to retrieve the puck in their own end after every draw. Possession is key to scoring!
@Josh6 if we are dumping richards, we better be using the extra cash on someone who can shoot the puck on the powerplay.
@Dminches Yeah, I wasn't sure about posting this piece this morning, but whatever, not much other news so far.
Just because we dump Richards, does not mean we just go spend that money. Look at who needs a contract next year, some of that money has to be saved. Unless you want to say bye to a guy like Dan Girardi, which I do not want to do
@Josh6 good point. although i don't know that guys like Cally and Girardi gets that much of a sallary bump from where they're at right now.