The Wolfpack continue to add depth. Just one day after signing Charlie Dodero, the Pack has added another defenseman in Mike Marcou. Marcou spent four seasons at UMass Amhearst before playing most of last season with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors (putting up 6-19-25 in 58 games). Greenville is the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate, so there won’t be much of a difference for the 23-year old defenseman. The 5’11″, 180-lb Marcou is also a local boy, from Kings Park out on Long Island.
Just a note: The reason why this signing, along with Dodero’s and Jeff Malcom’s don’t show up in Capgeek is because these are AHL deals. They do not count against the 50-contract reserve list. These guys will not appear in the NHL while they are under AHL only deals.
While no official announcement has been made, it appears the Rangers have signed undrafted free agent defenseman Charlie Dodero of the Sudbury Wolves, per Michael Kantor’s Twitter. The 6′, 195-lb defenseman just finished his age-20 season in the OHL, putting up a line of 7-20-27 with a -23 rating. The -23 rating is a bit misleading, as Sudbury wasn’t solid defensively, and allowed 20 more goals than they scored. Over his four year OHL career Dodero put up a line of 11-56-67, with the majority of those points coming in the past two seasons.
Dodero was a part of the 2013 prospect camp in June.
Per Capgeek, the Rangers have re-signed RFA forward Brandon Mashinter to a one-year deal worth $605k. The contract is a two-way contract, with Mashinter’s AHL salary at $75k. Mashinter played four games with the Rangers last season, going scoreless in those four contests with a -2 rating. With the Whale, Mashinter played 35 games, putting up a line of 10-9-19 with 52 PIMs. The Rangers acquired Mashinter from San Jose last season for Tommy Grant and a 7th round pick.
Per Capgeek (s/t to Kevin Power of Blueshirt Banter for the tip), the Rangers have signed OHL defenseman Troy Donnay to a three year entry level deal. Donnay, an undrafted free agent, participated in Rangers prospect camp this year following his third year in the OHL. The 19-year-old Donnay played for the Erie Otters, registering a goal and seven assists over the full season while serving as the alternate captain. His -39 is scary, but Erie was just awful this year.
The 6’7, 185 lb defenseman is not known for his offensive skills, but has decent skating ability for someone of his size. He doesn’t have a big mean streak yet, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a physical player. With most teenagers, he needs to bulk up before he can become an effective player. He will likely return to the OHL for at least one more season.
Per Darren Dreger, he Rangers and Mats Zuccarello avoided their arbitration hearing, and have agreed on a one-year, $1.15 million contract. Zuccarello and the Rangers were set to go to arbitration tomorrow. The $1.15 million for Zuccarello represents a raise, but not as large of a raise as expected. Many, myself included, assumed he would get in the $1.5 million range. The extra money saved goes a long way to getting Derek Stepan under contract.
Wolfpack GM Jim Schoenfeld added to the goalie depth of the organization by signing Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm to an AHL deal. Malcolm was a key piece for Yale as they made their Cinderella run to the NCAA Championship. In 30 games this past season, Malcom went 20-6-2 with a 2.24 GAA and a .919 SV%. The 6’2, 185-lb goalie will compete with Cam Talbot, Jason Missiaen, and Scott Stajcer for the goalie spots in the AHL and ECHL.
Slats is busy today, locking up another RFA this afternoon. Per Larry Brooks, the recently acquired Justin Falk has signed with the Rangers on a one-year deal worth $975,000. Falk, who will likely serve as the seventh defenseman, was acquired for Benn Ferriero in June.
With the Falk signing, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello are the only two remaining RFAs that need to be signed.
The Rangers have ticked off another item on their to-do list this summer, locking up RFA winger Carl Hagelin to a two-year deal with a $2.25 million cap hit per season. This is a significant raise on his $875,000 cap hit from last season, but still represents the standard bridge contract that Slats has been giving his RFAs following ELC expiry. The lone exceptions to the bridge contract rule have been Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal.
In 112 games with the Rangers over two seasons, putting together a line of 24-38-62 while being the club’s best puck possession driver. With Hagelin signed, the Rangers have $4.3 million in cap space to lock up Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello. However, the Rangers can spend up to $70 million with the summer cap, and the number includes the recently waived Arron Asham ($1 million) and Darroll Powe ($1.06 million).
The Rangers made their most important signing of the summer today in re-signing Ryan McDonagh for 6 years at an annual cap hit of $4.7M (per Larry Brooks). With this deal in the books, Rangers fans can breathe a little easier today knowing that our franchise defensemen is now locked up for another six years.
Many figured McDonagh would get a deal similar to that of Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, who resigned at 4 years/$3.3M per and 5 years/$3.9M per respectively. However, terms and cap hits are hard to compare across years when team salary caps fluctuate year-to-year, not to mention agents generally use recent signings as benchmarks to set the market.
Last month, Dave used Nashville’s Roman Josi’s new contract (7/$28M) as a starting point to triangulate McDonagh’s next deal. All told, he wasn’t far off. Ryan is currently 24 years old. The UFA age is still set at 27 years old, so this deal bought up three UFA years, which obviously moves the cap hit a bit further north. Overall, this is a very good deal for both sides.
With McD locked up longterm, the Rangers will now shift their emphasis to Derek Stepan. Here’s where Dave thought that contract could net out.
This past week John Tortorella was interviewed on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN NY radio. During the interview Torts was pretty candid about what went down after the season had ended. He discussed his great relationship with Henrik Lundqvist, his frequent disagreements with Glen Sather and how none of the players complained to him about his systems or philosophies during their exit interviews. Torts also discussed what he thought he could have done better as head coach of the Rangers, particularly against the Bruins who he admitted had better depth and an ability to roll four lines.
Although John’s post-game press conferences often left much to be desired, I always found his interviews on The Michael Kay Show to be quite the opposite and often counter to his persona. If anything, it’s an interesting interview and I think it may offer a little bit of closure to those of us who supported Torts during his tenure here.