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 is a bit late, but the Rangers have inked forward Benoit Pouliot to a one year, $1.3 million deal. Pouliot has been one of the top P/60 guys in the league over the past few years, and was at 2.44 P/60 last season. He will serve as a depth forward to provide tertiary scoring. In the grand scheme of things, having a guy that can put up over 2.0 P/60 for less that $2 million is a solid signing.
The Rangers also signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one year, $600,000 deal. Johnson is likely depth defense and will play in Hartford this season.
Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have signed center Dominic Moore to a one-year contract worth $1 million. You may remember Moore played with the Blueshirts in 2005-2006. Moore sat out last season as a result of his late wife’s battle with rare liver cancer. Moore was someone we talked about signing before last season kicked off. Welcome back Dominic.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with 2011 5th round draft pick Sam Noreau. The big defenseman (6’5, 223 lbs) just finished his fourth season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL, where he put together a line of 7-25-32 in 66 regular season games, and 2-1-3 in 15 postseason games. Through his four years in the Q, Noreau had a line of 18-45-63 in 225 games.
Noreau is one big dude and improved greatly as his years progressed. This season, he served as BAC’s top shutdown defenseman and alternate captain. Like many big defenseman, Noreau needs to work on his skating, but this signing shows how much the kid progressed since his draft year.
The Rangers still have not signed fellow 2011 draftees Shane McColgan (5th) and Peter Ceresnak (6th), and it is unlikely they will do so before the deadline tomorrow, which means they will re-enter the draft.
Just one day after signing an ATO with the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers have agreed to terms with undrafted UFA forward Michael Kantor. The 6’1, 200 lb RW just completed his over-age season with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, where he put together a line of 20-13-33 and 93 PIMs in 56 games. Throughout his OHL career with Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Saginaw, Kantor put together a line of 43-51-94 with 420 PIMs and a -1 rating in 197 games.
Yesterday was a busy day for the Whale, as they made six moves to fill out the roster in time for their Calder Cup run. The Whale called up forwards Jason Wilson, Danny Hobbs, and Jordie Johnston, and goaltender Scott Stajcer from the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. In addition, the Whale signed forward Michael Kantor and defenseman Charlie Dodero to ATOs from Sudbury in the OHL.
All six will be with the Whale for their next game on Friday.
This one was tweeted to me by OHL scout Victor Carneiro, and I’m a little delayed in posting this (Thanks for the tip Vic!). The Rangers have signed Tommy Hughes, a 6’2, 215 lb defenseman from the London Knights. Hughes, an undrafted free agent, just finished his fourth season with London, putting together a line of 1-15-16 in 67 games. The right-handed defenseman will be another solid addition to what is currently a weak defensive pool of prospects.
Hughes is the second undrafted UFA signing of the offseason. Connor Allen of UMass was added earlier last week
A few days ago, Steve Zipay noted that the Rangers were showing interest in NCAA free agent defenseman Connor Allen out of UMass. Today, the Rangers signed Allen to an entry-level deal. Terms of the deal are still unknown, although it is highly unlikely that the Rangers signed him for this season, as he would make contract number 50. It is more likely that his deal begins next season, and he can join the Whale this season if he signs an ATO.
As noted in the previous post, Allen is a 6’1, 203 lb defenseman with a scoring line of 14-25-39 in 99 NCAA games. The Rangers were thin on defensive prospects, so the addition of Allen is a nice boost.