He refuses to even tender a QO to Christensen because of "The cost" but yet he'll gladly go out and blow wads of cash on FA's like a drunken sailor on shore leave.
Anyone else thinking exDevil Defenseman?
Oh noes, Erik Christensen the waiver wire hero isn't going to be a Ranger!
Sather didn't qualify Christensen because of arbitration rights, he then offered him roughly 40k less than his QO for two years which Christensen rejected... Guy got saved by Sather basically and then rejects an offer over 40k...
$14 million with 14 roster players signed. Have to re-sign Staal and Girardi (About $7 million total) and a back-up (About $1 million). If Christiansen and Shelley do not re-sign, figure Weise and Stepan to fill their spots ($1.7 million total). Possibly McD making the squad if he doesn't go back to school (Another $900K). That leaves about $3 million in cap space, with a 20 man roster. If the Rangers waive Redden, they will have almost $10 million in cap space. If they can find a deal where they can trade Brashear and/or Voros out, they could have close to $12 to $13 million.
Gotta watch out for the summer cap of $65 million, though.
I'm guessing Sather is going to keep trying to sign Christensen and Shelley, even if it's mainly just keeping his original offers out there.
I'm also guessing they'll target Lombardi and Mitchell (as there were some rumors they were looking at Mitchell) to shore up center and defensive depth. Nothing exciting, but there's not much excitement out there on the FA market. Don't think they're in the running for Kovalchuk.
Not sure who they'll look at for a backup. Lot of 1B guys out there and not a lot of starting spots open. I could see them waiting on the backup goalie for a long while until one of those guys settles for a backup role because he can't get a starting job, kind of like Biron last year.
If we're looking for excitement, I'd say it'll happen via trade, but I don't know what Sather would be able to pull off.
I guess guys like Frolov and Zherdev might be on their radar, but just outside possibilities
As a Ranger fan you can just hope that we don't hand out those longterm big money contracts again. But somehow Sather will find a way again to get one of the big names, it wouldn't surprise me if it is Kovalchuk at the end of the day.
It would be nice to get a "mean"/hardhitting dman like Volchenkov. Btw what about Kim Johnsson? I like him when he was a Ranger, didn't follow his last years very closely though.
wowww. i was just loooking at the list of free agents.. there is zeroo center depth...
yea not only that but eklund was reporting that rangers nd flames were in talks last night abuot a 1st line center -- the flames being the ones to receive it. i didn't get the rumor because we don't have a 1st line center, and they guy who played best there last year didn't accpet his qualifying offer.
if hamhuis didn't resign yet w/ pitt then i hope the rangers come in and snag him. if he did then i think we'll get markov today. it'd be pretty cool to see ilya on this team but we need solid defensemen more. i'm hoping for a gilroy for wheeler trade and also the signing of hamhuis/markov.
I realize hockey isn't the most popular sport in NY, but you'd think they could at least give it 15 seconds or so. I turned on the news this morning and the sports reporter says today is the the big free agent day...and stupid me is thinking, "Wow...gonna hear some hockey news!". Then they proceed to do 10 minutes on LeBron James, about whom I frankly don't give a damn. It's so frustrating being a big time hockey fan in NY.