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Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 9:34 pm
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Could Richards be the next Rangers captain?

RichardsBy: Adam Gretz

It wasn't a surprise that one the biggest names on the free agent market this summer -- Brad Richards -- landed with the New York Rangers. By now we should pretty much expect it to play out that way. It's not the first time it's happened, and it certainly won't be the last. Some of their recent dips into the deep end of free agency pool, including Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Wade Redden and Marian Gaborik, has produced some mixed results (to put it kindly), and not the type of return a team generally likes to see on its largest investment (and I think Richards will prove to be, by far, the best of these signings).

Richards, one of the NHL's best playmaking pivots, signed a nine-year, $60 million deal in early July, and brings with him a $6.6 million cap hit through the end of the 2019-20 season. He's a No. 1 center that's managed to produce like one over his career with Tampa Bay and Dallas. He also has a positive history with current Rangers coach John Tortorella, who he played under for most of his tenure with the Lighting, including the Stanley Cup season of 2003-04 where Richards took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

That history, along with Richards' track record, has sparked some discussion in Ranger-land that the 31-year-old Richards could take over as the teams next captain before the puck drops on the upcoming season. Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record (via Crash The Crease) wrote on Tuesday that the Rangers have three potential options to wear the "C" this season: returning players Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal, and the incoming Richards.

Writes Gross:
Tortorella was asked June 30 – two days before the team signed Richards – about his selection process for the new captain. "I think those decisions will come about come camp," Tortorella said. "We’ll have our talks, we’ll see. Maybe our team changes even more this summer, along the way." That last sentence could be interpreted as a vote in Richards’ favor. Or perhaps not, as Tortorella has no inclination to discuss exactly what his selection process entailed. Callahan said when he agreed to his new contract that, regardless of who wore the captain’s "C," there was strong leadership in the room. And he may be the fan’s choice. But Richards could be the coach’s choice.
The Rangers are in need of a new captain because their most recent captain, Drury, was bought out earlier this summer after a 2010-11 season that saw him score one goal in a 24-game, injury-shortened season.

Tortorella took over behind Tampa Bay's bench midway through Richards' rookie season in 2000-01, and coached him up until the trade that sent him to Dallas in the middle of the 2007-08 season. There's a great deal of familiarity here (on and off the ice) and plenty of success, both on an individual and a team level, between the two men to make the potential captaincy a logical fit.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

By Brian Stubits

The New York Rangers have reached a deal with alternate captain Ryan Callahan, avoiding an arbitration date for the second time in as many weeks with one of their young players.

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet says the deal is for three years, $12.825 million. That would be a cap hit of $4.275 million.

"We were both working out three, four and five year deals and I think we agreed the numbers worked for a three-year deal," Callahan told the Record. "We couldn’t come to a conclusion on a longer deal."

Just last week the Rangers gave Brandon Dubinsky a four-year deal worth $16.8 million, avoiding arbitration there.

The deal comes just when pessimism was starting to seep in that a deal would be done before tomorrow's meeting. Just yesterday it was being reported that no progress had been made in the negotiations. Again, nothing like a date with an arbiter to serve as a nice kick in the rear.

After chasing (and ultimately landing) Brad Richards on the free-agent market, getting their four restricted free agents back in the fold was priority No. 2 for the Blueshirts. Mission accomplished. They also re-upped Artem Anisimov and Brian Boyle, helping them keep intact a very nice young core.

Callahan was in the middle of a very nice season for the Rangers when he broke his ankle and had to sit out the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. Before that, however, he had 23 goals and 25 assists in 60 games, his highest point total in five NHL seasons.

"I'm thrilled to be back for three years," Callahan added. "I love playing for the Rangers. I'm excited to be back and to have this behind me and concentrate on the season. I was hoping it would get done but you never really know how it's going to go in these negotiations. I definitely didn't want to go to arbitration and only go on a one-year deal. I'm really happy it didn't have to come to that."

If he comes back fully healthy -- and there is no reason to believe he won't -- he will likely remain on the second line where he will probably be joined by Dubinsky at center after Richards' arrival. With that, New York has the makings of a solid pair of lines to try and give Henrik Lundqvist a little more scoring support to play with.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:05 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 11:26 am
 

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration



By Adam Gretz

The New York Rangers were facing two of the bigger arbitration hearings in the NHL with Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan.

Dubinsky's case was set to be heard Thursday morning, but thanks to some last-minute dealings, the two sides were able to avoid arbitration and reached an agreement on a four-year contract that will pay Dubinsky $16.8 million, an average annual salary of $4.2 million, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.

The 24-year-old Dubinsky has spent his entire career with the Rangers and is coming off a career year offensively that saw him score 24 goals to go with 30 assists; he led the team in both categories. His offensive production has improved every year he's been in the league, and he's proved to be one of the Rangers' best all-around forwards; he can win faceoffs (52 percent in the circle last year), kill penalties (averaging over two minutes of shorthanded ice-time per game last year) and be a focal point of the offense.

With Dubinsky signed, the Rangers have just over $6 million in salary-cap space remaining and still have one more contract to work out -- whether it be on their own or via arbitration -- with Callahan, whose arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 28.

Last week the Rangers avoided another arbitration hearing by signing Brian Boyle to a three-year contract.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Arbitration anticipation: Let the pain begin

By Brian Stubits

Nobody wants to go to arbitration. The next time you hear any involved party is excited for arbitration battles will be the first.

It can be dangerous. It can certainly be ugly. It is always contentious.

The nature of the best resembles part of Festivus with the Airing of Grievances. At least there are no Feats of Strength as an arbiter lays down the decision instead of the sides fighting it out. The involved parties are forced to justify their stance in the negotiations, resulting in teams putting down their own player. Not a desirable stance to have to take.

Because of the combative nature, the process has been known to cause strains in relationships between teams and players. It's exactly why teams try to avoid the process more fervently than someone looks to evade root canals.

For that reason arbitration meetings often times don't happen. It's amazing how much easier it is to strike a deal with a deadline speeding up the negotiations. Always worked that way for me to get book reports done in school; nothing like a deadline of two days away to read the first page.

So it is highly likely only a few of the names headed to arbitration will actually have their hearing. That goes for the two biggest names on the list, Shea Weber and Zach Parise. The Predators and Devils respectively will try and hammer out contracts before an arbiter gets to set the reward. This has happened to three players in the last day as the Jets avoided a hearing with Blake Wheeler, the Ducks with Andrew Cogliano and the Sabres with Andrej Sekera, all reaching new deals.

But there will still be hearings. Teddy Purcell and the Lightning will have their case heard tomorrow, the first day, along with Lauri Korpikovski and the Coyotes. The next case will be Brandon Dubinsky and the Rangers. All of those hearings should happen with the potential for the Rangers/Dubinsky battle to be a tough one seeing as the sides still seem to be pretty far apart.

Or you will have the cases where teams just walk away from the award. It happened last year with Clarke MacArthur in Atlanta and more notably with Antti Niemi in Chicago, the teams electing to let the player find another team than pay them the determined amount. It will happen again this year to a Blackhawks player as the team has already said it cannot afford to bring Chris Campoli back.

Last year in total five players got as far as the arbitration hearing. Three of those players' awards were not matched. Teams are only allowed to walk away in a situation where the player filed for arbitration and the reward is $1.7 million or more. Anything less than that and the player stays put, regardless.

Obviously the most interesting cases are those of Parise and Weber. They are both franchise players and are due for substantial raises. The case of Weber is particularly appealing since the signing of Drew Doughty in Los Angeles seems to be waiting for the precedent set by the future Weber contract.

With all of that as the background, here's a list of all the players who, as of now, are scheduled for their turns in the ol' testy tango of arbitration. Expect names to disappear from this list faster than Michael J. Fox in family photos.

Arbitration schedule
Date Player Team
July 20 Lauri Korpikoski Coyotes
July 20 Teddy Purcell Lightning
July 21 Brandon Dubinsky Rangers
July 28 Josh Gorges Canadiens
July 28 Ryan Callahan Rangers
July 29 Jannik Hansen Canucks
August 2 Shea Weber Predators
August 3 Chris Campoli Blackhawks
August 3 Zach Parise Devils
August 4 Mark Fraser Devils
August 4 Blake Comeau Islanders

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Brian Boyle avoids arbitration, signs 3-year deal

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By: Adam Gretz


During the first three years of his career Brian Boyle registered just 12 goals and four assists in 107 games. Traded by the team that originally drafted him with the 26th overall pick in the 2003 draft (the Los Angeles Kings), Boyle ended up in New York after his second NHL season, and during the 2010-11 season the massive 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward found a way to put everything together on the ice.

His production exploded (at least when viewed in the context of the previous three seasons) with a 21-goal, 14-assist effort, and he managed to turn that into a nice little raise on Thursday.

A restricted free agent, Boyle had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 25 but avoided it by signing a new three-year contract. The deal is worth a reported $5.1 million overall and carries an average annual salary of $1.7 million.

The encouraging thing about his 2010-11 performance, if you're the Rangers, is the situations he often found himself playing in. For one, only four of his 21 goals came on the power play, with the other 17 coming in even strength (16) or shorthanded (one). He saw plenty of time on a line with Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust, and the only Rangers forward who started fewer shifts in the offensive zone was Chris Drury. So it's not like he was piling up points on the man advantage or riding the coattails of a superstar forward on his line. He was scoring goals in tough situations. The obvious question is whether he can repeat that level of offensive play going forward.

Along with finding a way to put pucks in the net last season, he was also a physical presence (he led the team in hits), and he kills penalties and is a willing shot blocker. The total package turned out to be a fine player for the Rangers, and well worth the price they paid to acquire him (a third-round pick) before the 2009 season

The Rangers still have to work out contracts with their two biggest restricted free agents, Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:31 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Stamkos atop restricted free-agent class

Here we are, just days away from July 1, and Steven Stamkos still doesn't have a contract for next season. Come Friday, he will be a restricted free agent if no extension is reached with the Lightning before then. Stamkos says they're close, but as of yet no deal is done.

So will there be a stampede for Stamkos, a young superstar who has been the NHL's leading goal scorer over the past two seasons? Don't hold your breath.

If Stamkos is still unsigned comed Friday, teams will have the option of extending him an offer sheet, at which point Tampa Bay would have the option to match. And make no mistake, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will match. He is indicated that there really isn't a level he won't go to to keep his star.

Perhaps you're thinking if a team has a ton of money, why not call Yzerman's bluff, see if he truly means it? If nothing else, you force Tampa Bay to handicap the rest of its roster by committing more than it had afforded to signing Stamkos. Take the Panthers, for example. GM Dale Tallon has to spend $26 million just to reach the salary cap floor, so he has a ton of money to throw around at this point. Couldn't he set out to damage his division rivals by either taking away their best player (and giving the Panthers a star of their own) or hampering Yzerman's efforts to build his roster by offering Stamkos, say $12 million annually?

The answer is of course he could, but it's unlikely he would. Or any other team for that matter. Why? In the hypothetical world where the Lightning don't match and let Stamkos go, they would still get compensation. For Stamkos, the going rate would be four first-round draft picks going back to the Lightning. Stamkos is elite, but that's a heavy, heavy price to pay, in addition to the money committed to paying Stamkos.

So there's a reason why nobody -- except Maple Leafs fans -- has their hopes too high for Stamkos. Then again, you never know what might happen.

Among the other top RFAs this season, both Nashville's Shea Weber and New Jersey's Zach Parise have dates with arbitration after the teams filed, meaning they are off the market while the teams try to negotiate contract extensions. It's hard to imagine either player going as far as arbitration, but if they do, it's even less fathomable the teams would decline to give the player the award. Point being, don't expect to see either guy in a new sweater any time soon, barring trade, of course. These are the types of guys that you imagine will do what they need to do so as not to lose such cornerstones.

Now just because Stamkos seems like a sure bet to remain in Tampa, that doesn't mean other RFAs can't be pried away from their current teams.

Here are the top restricted free agents (in alphabetical order).

Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky -- New York Rangers: The young Rangers all scored at least 18 goals for the Blueshirts last season, led by Dubinsky's team-high 24. The quartet could be described as the future of the franchise.

Drew Doughty -- Los Angeles: The 21-year-old defenseman has already reached All-Star status and is one of the better offensive defensemen in the league already.

Sergei Kostitsyn -- Nashville: The other RFA they have to deal with in Music City, Kostitsyn scored 23 goals and pitched in with 27 assists, having the best shooting percetage in the NHL out of those with at least 25 shots.

Andrew Ladd -- Winnipeg: Ladd was sent to Atlanta from Chicago after the cap-strapped Blackhawks couldn't retain him. In one season for the Thrashers, he had 29 goals, nine on the power play, and 30 assists.

Brad Marchand -- Boston: The rookie really broke out in the playoffs, when he scored 11 goals for the B's on their way to the Stanley Cup, the second most for a rookie in the postseason ever behind only Jeremy Roenick.

Keith Yandle -- Phoenix: A great puck-moving defenseman, he could perhaps be a target of the Bruins in his hometown of Boston. Yandle had 11 goals and a whopping 48 assists for the Coyotes last season.

Others to watch: Zach Bogosian (WPG), Troy Brouwer (WAS), Michael Frolik (CHI), Clarke MacArthur (TOR), Blake Wheeler (WPG), Mike Santorelli (FLA), Blake Comeau (NYI), Teddy Purcell (TB), Semyon Varlamov (WAS)

2011 Restricted Free Agent Compensation
Annual Cap Hit Compensation
Less than $1,034,250 None
$1,034,250 - $1,567,043 Third-round pick
$1,567,044 - $3,134,088 Second-round pick
$3,134,089 - $4,701,131 First- and third-round picks
$4,701,132 - $6,268,175 First-, second- and third-round picks
$6,268,176 -- $7,835,219 Two first-round picks, second- and third-round picks
More than $7,835,219 Four first-round picks

-- Brian Stubits

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Ryan Callahan has broken ankle, out indefinitely



New York Ranges forward Ryan Callahan is out  indefinitely with a broken right ankle, an injury sustained when he got in front of a shot by  Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara in the third period of Monday's game.

"It's long-term," Rangers coach John Tortorella told reporters on Tuesday. 

Callahan is the Rangers' second-leading scorer this season with 23 goals and 25 assists. He missed 19 games this season with a broken hand after blocking a shot against the Pittsburgh Penguins

The Rangers have yet to clinch a playoff spot, but their 5-3 victory over Boston on Monday did make them a little more secure. They are in seventh place entering play Tuesday, four points ahead of ninth-place Carolina. 

Matt Gilroy will move from defense up to win to fill in for Callahan in the interim, according to The New York Daily News. The team also announced that it was sending defenseman Kris Newbury back to the AHL. 

Meanwhile, winger Chris Drury continues his rehab from February knee surgery, although there's no clear indication when he might be able ot return to the lineup. 

-- A.J. Perez
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