The New York Rangers have cut 14 players prior to tomorrow's pre-season game against the Devils, leaving 46 players on the roster.
Assigned to @WolfPackAHL: G Jeff Malcolm, Jason Missiaen, Scott Stajcer, D Charlie Dodero, Sam Noreau, F JT Barnett, Kyle Jean, Jason Wilson— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 15, 2013
Returned to Junior Clubs by the #NYR: F Anthony Duclair & Klarc Wilson, and D Troy Donnay, Ben Fanelli, Ryan Graves, Jimmy Oligny— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 15, 2013
These cuts were formalities for the most part. None of these players had a legitimate shot of earning a roster spot to start the season. If we want to reach for a notable cut then it could be viewed as a mild disappointment that Kyle Jean was unable to make it into a pre-season game. Of those returning to juniors only Duclair, Donnay, and Graves are Rangers property.
The Rangers also announced the lineup for tomorrow's pre-season game against the Devils.
#NYR Lineup vs. Devils Monday: G Lundqvist & Talbot, D Staal, J. Moore, Falk, Johnson, Del Zotto, either Bickel or McIlrath....— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 15, 2013
At F Mon for #NYR: Asham, Boyle, Bourque, Hrivik, Kreider, Kristo, Mashinter, D. Moore, Nash, O'Donnell, Powe, Richards— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 15, 2013
Kreider has been on a line with Richards and Nash to start training camp and it looks like Vigneault will continue to keep those three together. With Callahan and Hagelin set to miss time the Rangers will need one of the younger players to step up, and Kreider has shown flashes of being capable. Kristo and perhaps even Hrivik could also earn a winger spot due to the injuries. Of those playing on defense only Staal, Moore, and Del Zotto are guaranteed a roster spot. Vigneault claims that Talbot is part of the goaltending competition after a solid AHL campaign last season so it will be worth monitoring how he fairs against some NHL caliber players.
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According to Larry Brooks in theNY Post, the Rangers and Derek Stepan are believed to be about $1 million apart in their negotiations for a new contract.
Brooks says that Stepan is looking for $7 million over two years and that the Rangers have offered just under $6 million over two years.
with these numbers would imagine this is settled within the week, maybe days. I would say the Rangers are safe
"Of those playing on defense only Staal, Moore, and Del Zotto are guaranteed a roster spot"
... and then, not playing, Girardi and McDonagh are guaranteed a roster spot, but there's not really a competition for the 6th spot. i think Stralman will play too.
McIrath didn't look that great in the scrimmage. He's coming along, but still has to improve his skating. i hope they'll give him a chance tomorrow night, but none of these prospects look like they can beat Stralman out of a spot.
Our D this year: McDonagh Girardi Staal Del Zotto Moore Stralman
@FREE LINDBERG I've been posting my guess at 3.2M - he deserves more given the market but he has no real leverage.
@AG_Blue I agree. McIlrath looked slow and as if he was lumbering around in the scrimmage. Hopefully it was just cause it was a scrimmage, but I would imagine that the "hopefuls" are playing as hard as they can in these things to impress the staff, so hopefully he picks in up in pre-season.
they're not playing tomorrow night
they're trying to see for how little they can get the moose to work
A lot of fans have been saying between 3 and 3.2 million for Stepan is fair. Given where the two sides are it sounds like the fans are probably right and they could have got this done weeks if not months ago.