Grant makes it (49). How many additional signings do you anticipate this year?
I like that he was able to step in an contribute right away. Not everyone the Whale has looked at this season has been able to contribute at all. If helps bolster the team's postseason chances, that's good for the Ranger prospects and that's OK with me.
As for people whinning anout his contract for next year and the 50 cap limit and worrying how there won't be room for Kreider, Hagelin, MclIrath, Thomas, the Easter Bunny, Hanukkah Harry, Brad Richards, etc.
The following people are pretty much guaranteed to come off the books this summer: Frolov, Propsal, McCabe, Eminger, Gilroy, White, Bickel, McCue, Williams, DiDomonte, Soryal, Dupont.
Not to mention Drury and Redden and who knows with F-tank and V-Tank although unless he pulls an Ozolinsh for five games in a row I'd welcome F-Tank back, and V-Tank should be on the 3rd pair to start next season.
28 SPCs. The Rangers have the room to re-sign their 5 group II's-Callahan,Dubinsky,AA,Boyle and Sauer. 33 SPCs. Werek,Hagelin and Horak. 36 SPCs. If Kreider signs. 37 SPCs. Blake Parlett. 38 SPCs.Figure that Chad Johnson,Weise and Valentenko are re-signed. 41 SPCs without the Rangers moving any contracts. Still gives them plenty of room to re-sign some of their group III's(Fedotenko,Eminger,etc)and sign other players(Brad Richards). Sather moved Voros and Hillier for Eminger and then Brashear and Rissmiller for White freeing up 2 SPCs last summer.
There is a clause in the CBA which allows team to sign players to SPCs and not have it count against the current season.
50.8 Prohibited SPC Terms and Practices
(d) No Club or Player may enter into an SPC that does not cover at least the
then-current League Year. The foregoing does not apply to an SPC entered into pursuant
to Section 50.5(f) above, or to Unsigned Draft Choices or Draft Related Unrestricted Free
Agents, who shall be permitted to sign an SPC during the period from March 1 through
June 1 immediately preceding the League Year in which such SPC is to take effect.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 KHL Junior Draft, Pashnin will return to Russia on Friday night, once the Rangers mini-camp is over. He has one year remaining on his deal with CSKA, where he recorded five points and totaled 52 penalty minutes last season.
Make no mistake, though. Pashnin might be playing in the KHL this season, but his goal is to be a National Hockey League defenseman.
“I would like to play in the NHL because it is the best league,” said Pashnin.