: Larry Brooks:
Rangers have ca$h, just donít know how much
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05-27-2012, 06:53 AM
DROP THE PUCK
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The significant number of young players earning under $2M are all due for contracts before Henrik,Callahan and Girardi become unrestricted in 2014.
The Rangers will look to add a right handed shooting D to play with Marc Staal because of Michael Sauer's concussion. There's a guy from Wisconsin who will be available in a few weeks.
The Rangers will attempt to re-sign Marty Biron and Brandon Prust. Larry feels the Rangers won't go past $1.7M per for Prust and he could get more on the open market. The Rangers should be careful with Prust getting $1.7M per. That's a lot of money for him with the way he plays. They already made a mistake with Mike Rupp's 3 years/$4.5M.
Brooks indicates the Rangers will not attempt to re-sign their other free agents besides Michael Del Zotto. The Rangers want to sign him to a multi-year contract. What does multi-year mean? More than the usual 2 year contract for players coming off ELC and they're not eligible for arbitration. The longer the term covering more arbitration years,the higher the dollar amount.
No Anton Stralman and Stu Bickel. Stralman had his moments. Arbitration eligible. Bickel is a group 6 UFA.
As we have discussed before here,its very tight as far as how much flexibility the Rangers have this summer.
Schultz should be priority #1. Get this kid in a Rangers uniform. If they need to trade #28 for his rights then so be it.
This kid will step in and instantly provide a dynamic transition game and make the point on the power play more creative.
If they can't manage to add another high end scorer to attempt taking pressure off Gaborik (who i don't believe will be traded regardless of how I feel) then go after David Jones. A big guy, still young, who can score 20+ goals.
Maybe adding Kreider, Schultz, and Jones could be the extra offensive depth they need.
Maybe they can sweeten the pot a little bit and get Schultz and Etem from Anaheim.
Kreider - Richards - Gaborik
Etem - Stepan - Callahan
Dubinsky - Anisimov - Jones
Hagelin - Boyle - Yogan
McDonagh - Girardi
Staal - Schultz
Del Zotto - Sauer/McIlrath
And now you have four lines that can pose a threat.
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