Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers re-sign D Mike Vernace
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06-14-2012, 02:02 AM
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post
$525,000 is the NHL minimum salary He got $105,000 AHL which is the threshold for re-entry waivers.He doesn't require re-entry waivers. The Rangers don't have much depth on defense. Erixon,Redden,Valentenko,Nightingale(AHL SPC),Vernace and Bell were the top 6 in the AHL. McIllrath replaced Bell when he joined the Whale. Parlett and Niemi are under contract next season. Parlett split the season between the AHL and ECHL. Niemi spent most of the season in the ECHL. Baldwin and Klassen are group IIs. The Rangers open up to 2 SPCs by not qualifying them. Valentenko signed with Omsk. Bell is a group III. They didn't sign a college free agent D such as Tennyson or Schilling.
I wonder if Redden will play ANOTHER season for the Whale. Kind of a bizarre situation because I would've figured one party or both parties would've figured out a way for him to be on another NHL team or play in anotherl eague. It must be what he wants, which is odd.

If Erixon starts in the AHL I think we're OK. It will not shock me if Bickel starts in the AHL, either. Defense at the NHL level is something the team will push to upgrade and not from within, IMO.

Staal, Girardi, MDZ, McDonagh, UFA/trade, UFA/trade (I would like Stralman back as I think it would open us up to trade MDZ for some help in the top 6, but it doesn't sound like he'll be back.)
(Bickel?)Erixon, Redden, McIlrath, Vernance, ?, ?

Is Pashnin coming to North America next season or what? He wows at every camp and then ships back to Russia.

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