A lot of the recent Rangers signings have had undisclosed terms, so it’s been tough to find what they actually signed for. But here’s what I’ve b een able to find:
- Corey Potter – 1 year/$550k
- Dane Byers – 1 year/$500k
- Tyler Arnason – 1 year/$700k
- Brian Boyle – 1 year/$525k
- Jordan Owens – 1 year/$515k
- P.A. Parenteau – 1 year/$500k
- Tysen Dowzak – 2 years/$533k
- Michael Del Zotto – 3 years/$1.087 million cap hit (bonuses)
The entry level contracts on this list are Owens, Dowzak and Del Zotto, so they will be RFAs when the contracts expire. As for the rest, if they are going to be 27 when their contract expires, they will be UFAs, otherwise, they will be RFAs.
The Del Zotto signing, although looks expensive, is standard entry level contract (maximum of $850k base salary) plus bonuses, which bring the cap hit up. if he doesn’t participate in 11 NHL games, the payment slides a bit.
I have no idea when the Rangers signed Dowzak. I must have missed that. Can someone fill me in on when that happened?
Slats still has two key RFAs to sign (Lisin, Dubinsky), as I’m assuming Zherdev is gone. Lisin is important or else they just gave away Korpikoski for nothing.
Salary information courtesy of CapGeek.
This happened a few days ago, and I’m sorry for not posting on it sooner. Tysen Dowzak and his WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets lost in the Memorial Cup to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, who eliminated fellow Ranger prospect Evgeny Grachev and his Brampton Battalion in the OHL Finals.
Dowzak finished the four game tournament with an assist and 2 PIMs, while playing strong defensive hockey for the Rockets. One of the alternate captains of the team, Dowzak is a force in his own end and a leader on the bench. It will be interesting to watch him develop.
This occured over the weekend, but due to Mother’s Day, we were unable to post until this morning. Evgeny Grachev, sitting out his second game in a row with the flu, watched his Brampton Battalion lose Game 5 in OT. Brampton lost the series 4-1.
Meanwhile, Tysen Dowzak and his Kelowna Rockets won Game 6 in similarly OT dramatic fashion 3-2, and took home the WHL Championship, winning the series 4-2. Dowzak was held off the scoreboard and finished even for the game, but his contributions were essential to Kelowna winning the series. Dowzak is a very big (6’5 212 lbs) stay-at-home defensemen, who has shown great awareness in his own end. At just 20 years old, He is still a long ways away from the NHL, but he should develop into a solid defenseman.
Congratulations to Dowzak. Up next for him and the Rockets, QMJHL champion Rimouski in the Memorial Cup playoffs, on Friday May 15.
As per BSB regular Rick in Boston:
Kelowna drops their second straight, 6-1. Dowzak doesn’t get on the scoresheet and is -1 for the game.
Kelowna is still up 3-2 in the series, but has been dominated in the past two games by the Calgary Hitmen. The Rockets have no momentum, and will need to stop the bleeding in Game 6 if they hope to make it to the Memorial Cup.
As for Evgeny Grachev and his Brampton Batallion, they are fighting for their lives tonight in Game 5, down 3-1 to Windsor. Obviously, it’s do or die for them.
The winners of the major Canadian junior leagues (OHL, WHL, QMJHL) square off for the Memorial Cup.
Rangers prospect Evgeny Grachev sat out Game 4 of the OHL Finals, with what The Prospect Park has said to be flu-like symptoms. Without Grachev, the Battalion dropped Game 4, and are now down 3-1 to Windsor.
As for Tysen Dowzak and his Kelowna Rockets, they couldn’t close out the WHL Finals last night, losing to Calgary 6-2. Dowzak had an assist and was even for the game. Kelowna is still up 3-1, with Game 5 tonight.
Well, Evgeny Grachev’s Brampton Battalion have at least avoided a sweep, and Grachev avoided going pointless in the series, picking up an assist and +2 last night. That leaves him 0-1-1 and -2 so far for the series. Brampton, down 2-1, will try to even the series Wednesday. Although Grachev is struggling in this series, he is still 11-14-25 and +8 in 19 playoff games this year.
Tysen Dowzak’s Kelowna Rockets won again last night, and Dowzak, wearing an ‘A’, was a +1 in the game. That leaves him 0-2-2 and +3 so far in the series. In 19 playoff games, Dowzak is 0-3-3 and a whopping +10. I think he might be of some service next year if he continues to be that solid on the defensive side. Kelowna, up 3-0, goes for the series sweep, the WHL championship, and a trip to the Memorial Cup playoffs Wednesday.
Game 2 of the OHL Finals saw more of the same from Rangers’ prospect Evgeny Grachev: no points, -2, and a loss. That leaves Grachev, the Rangers’ 3rd round pick from 2008, at no points and a -4 so far in this series, which his Battalion now trail 2-0.
As for Tysen Dowzak and the WHL Finals, Dowzak had an assist and was +1 in the Rockets 5-2 victory in Game 1.
Both teams play their next games tonight.
As per BSBer Rick in Boston:
Evgeny Grachev’s Battalion were shelled 10-1 by the Windsor Spitfires in Game 1 of the OHL Finals. Grachev was a -2 on the night according to the OHL’s scoresheet.
Game 2 will be Friday. According to the Battalion’s website, Grachev started the game skating on Cody Hodgson’s line – Hodgson is one of Vancouver’s top prospects and the #10 overall selection in the 2008 draft.
Looks like it wasn’t just Grachev who had a rough night. Losing 10-1 in the Finals is embarrassing. Let’s hope he answers back in Game 2.
As for Tysen Dowzak, Game 1 in the WHL Finals is tomorrow.
So, with the Rangers’ season over, and the Wolfpack’s season over, what else is left to watch? Well, aside from the rest of the NHL playoffs (if you can stand Versus coverage), which is setting up to have some spectacular matchups, and some Yankee baseball, you can follow two Ranger prospects compete for the Memorial Cup (Canadian Juniors Championship).
H/T to BSBer Rick in Boston for pointing this out to us. Top prospect Evgeny Grachev is leading his Brampton Battalion with 24 points (11 goals) and a +10. Game 1 of the OHL Finals is tonight. The winner heads to the Memorial Cup. Unfortunately, top defense prospect Michael Del Zotto and his London Knights were eliminated last round in the OHL Semis.
Also, Rangers free agent overage signee Tysen Dowzak with the Kelowna Rockets will be playing in the WHL finals. Again per Rick in Boston, Dowzak’s a stay-at-home type guy, with just two points in 16 playoff games, but a nice +7.
We won’t be shutting down shop, and will be attempting to get at least a post a day in during the offseason. So keep checking back.