"Of course giving Sather cap space is like giving teenagers whiskey and car keys." - SBOB "Watching Sather build a team is like watching a blind man with no fingers trying to put together an elaborate puzzle." - Shadowtron
"Used to be only Twinkies and cockroaches could survive a nuke. I'd add Habs to that. I'm convinced the CH stands for Club du Hypocrisy." - Gee Wally
The Rangers bumping right up against the 50 NHL contract limit. This is contract #47 with 2 group II's unsigned. That number includes Grachev and MDZ. Their contracts won't count against the 50 contract limit if they are returned to their OHL teams.
The Ranger prospect page currently lists 16 defensive prospects not including the just signed Klassen (which makes it 17) but once we start doing some moving around then you might see why they keep adding defensemen. This list also does not include any players signed to either Hartford or Charlotte contracts as we do not consider them as Ranger prospects until they earn a Ranger contract.
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So what appears at first glance that the Rangers have too many defensemen, it turns out they actually are still short at least 2-3 more for the entire system.
Klassen could be sent back to junior as an overager.
Bit of a blow to the Saskatoon Blades' defence today, as free agent defenceman Sam Klassen has signed a contract with the New York Rangers. Press release on the Rangers' site.
Klassen would have likely been one of the Blades' three overagers next year but now it seems more likely that he'll be in the Rangers system somewhere. The Blades will still have three excellent overagers (they can pick from Derek Hulak, Milan Kytnar, Chris Langkow, and Walker Wintoneak still) but no overage defencemen now.
Klassen, a veteran of 182 WHL games with the Saskatoon Blades, also had to stop and catch his breath. The Rangers caught him by surprise when they offered him a three-year contract.
"I went down there for a week and after I left, I didn't have a clue," said the 20-year-old defender, who attended the Rangers' summer camp in Tarrytown, N.Y. "They didn't really give us any feedback, so I had no idea what their intentions were. Then all of the sudden, my agent (Dave Kaye) called and said they wanted to sign me.
"I was pretty shocked."
Although Klassen could conceivably return to the Blades this season, Molleken isn't expecting him back. That would leave Saskatoon with three forwards -- captain Derek Hulak, Chris Langkow and Walker Wintoneak -- to fill the team's three overage spots.
"I guess what it comes down to is that I'll play where New York wants me to play," said Klassen, who could be assigned to the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. "If they think I'll develop better by coming back for my last year of junior, then I'll do that."
Jess left out Trevor Glass who the Pack signed out of the WHL.
The status of Tomas Kundratek is also up in the air as he would count as both an import and an overager for Medicine Hat in the upcoming season, and it's not clear whether the Tigers want to take up both of those spots with one player.