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02-19-2006, 02:10 PM
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Next year Free Agents, who would you resign?

Below are our free agents for upcoming season (according to spectors). Some of these guys I am a bit clueless on, but it will be interesting to see what everyone thinks

Ville Nieminen, (III)- same deal, 1 more year
Tom Poti, (III)- gone
Dale Purinton, (III)- gone
Steve Rucchin, (III)- gone
Martin Rucinsky, (III)- yes, 3rd line, 2nd PP
Martin Straka, (III)- yes, 1st line
Jason Strudwick, (III)- camp invite, good team guy but we may be able to replace him within
Petr Sykora, (III)- yes

Dan Cavanaugh, (VI)
Brandon Cullen, (VI)
Fedor Fedorov, (VI)- waste
Alexander Giroux, (VI)- if affordable
Martin Grenier, (VI)- no
Steven MacIntyre, (VI)
Joe Rullier, (VI)- maybe
Martin Sonnenberg, (VI)- no
Craig Weller, (VI)
Chad Wiseman, (VI)- probably

as a majority, I could just sign whichever will fit gaps in our AHL/ECHL roster


Blair Betts, (II)- yes
Lee Falardeau, (II)-
Dwight Helminen, (II)- yea, 1 more AHL year
Marcel Hossa, (II)- hes still young
Bryce Lampman, (II)- see Helm/ 7th on big team
Dominic Moore, (II)- yep
Colton Orr, (II)- if we need an enforcer
Jed Ortmayer, (II)- yes
Thomas Pock, (II)- NHL, if he can play Renney style
Rory Rawlyk, (II)- ?
Michal Rozsival, (II)- yes
Juris Stals, (II)- ? from what I've heard, hes a bit of a dissapointment.
Fedor Tyutin, (II)- of course
Jason Ward, (II)- he has been a great pickup

Its interesting to see who would be chosen to be resigned not only on the big clubs side, but in Hartford. A bunch of guys will be AHL ready I feel coming into next year, such as Guenin, Potter, Moore, Crabb... really exiting stuff. Not to mention, where do guys like Pikkaranen and Korps fit into this equation.

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02-19-2006, 02:32 PM
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id consider keeping Poti if he's not going to be pricey. He's really played well in my opinion since January. He's not showing up offensively but he's gotten better defensively.

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Of the potential UFAs, I think Straka, Sykora and Roszival are likely to be re-signed. I would be shocked if Rucchin returned, and I think it's umlikely Poti or Rucinsky come back.

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02-19-2006, 02:48 PM
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Yeah I agree that Rucinsky may not be back.

Do they want to upset the Czech posse that we have going?

Would any of you be suprised if they signed Filip Kuba or Pavel Kubina who are also unrestricted?

Here's what I think we are looking at in terms of a forward core for next season

Forwards: Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Michal Nylander, Petr Prucha, Petr Sykora, Jarkko Immonen, Nigel Dawes, Blair Betts, Jason Ward, Dominic Moore, Jed Ortmeyer, Ryan Hollweg

I think we are looking at either Sykora or Rucinsky.

Defense: Fedor Tyutin, Darius Kasparitis, Marek Malik, Michal Roszival, Thomas Pock, Marc Staal? Jason Strudwick?

Based off the Czech posse i wouldnt be suprised if they grabbed a player like Kuba or Kubina who are unrestricted.

Also, trading Kevin Weekes must be considered. He's been a good teammate this year and has not complained. He's going to want to get a chance to play as a starter somewhere next season.

Getting a reliable veteran back up would be ideal because im sure the Rangers would like to see Al Montoya in Hartford again for another year of development.

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id consider keeping Poti if he's not going to be pricey. He's really played well in my opinion since January. He's not showing up offensively but he's gotten better defensively.

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Ville Nieminen, (III)- replaceable, so no
Tom Poti, (III)- yes, if the price is right
Dale Purinton, (III)- no
Steve Rucchin, (III)- no
Martin Rucinsky, (III)- yes
Martin Straka, (III)- yes
Jason Strudwick, (III)- only if we could get him on a two-way
Petr Sykora, (III)- yes

Dan Cavanaugh, (VI)- who?
Brandon Cullen, (VI)- no
Fedor Fedorov, (VI)- no
Alexander Giroux, (VI)- absolutely
Martin Grenier, (VI)- no
Steven MacIntyre, (VI)- no
Joe Rullier, (VI)- yes
Martin Sonnenberg, (VI)- no
Craig Weller, (VI)- yes
Chad Wiseman, (VI)- yes

Blair Betts, (II)- yes
Lee Falardeau, (II)- yes
Dwight Helminen, (II)- yes
Marcel Hossa, (II)- yes
Bryce Lampman, (II)- yes
Dominic Moore, (II)- of course
Colton Orr, (II)- no
Jed Ortmeyer, (II)- yes
Thomas Pock, (II)- I'd rather trade him
Rory Rawlyk, (II)- no
Michal Rozsival, (II)- yes
Juris Stals, (II)- no
Fedor Tyutin, (II)- certainly
Jason Ward, (II)- yes

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02-19-2006, 07:05 PM
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Ward and Nieminen are already signed for next year. The list you're working off of is wrong on that. Check outside the garden website. A lot depends on who else is available. Many of the veteran AHL players I expect will be gone mainly because a core is already being built from 1st and 2nd year pros in Hartford and also because there will be a lot of new players entering the system and again also because there is a limit on the number (50) of pro contracts a team can carry. So I would expect that Wiseman, Giroux, Weller, Lampman, Rullier, Fedorov, Grenier, MacIntyre, Rawlyk, Sonnenburg, Cullen and Stals might all be gone. We might keep one or two around (Lampman, Weller, Wiseman would be the better candidates IMO) for veteran leadership but I wouldn't expect much.

Of the NHL players I would expect Sykora back in a multi-year deal. Straka probably on a single year deal. The rest will have to be played by ear according to who else is available. I expect the Rangers will first try to sign a stud D-man such as has been discussed here many times already. However they do with that will set up the strategy they employ to fill out their defense keeping in mind that Staal appears to be on the fast track for an NHL job. I suspect however that Roszival is in their plans.


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Unless Poti starts showing some offense...

I don't see him coming back. Of course, perhaps it would be nice to see him in offensive situations (like out there with Jagr, more PP time, etc.), but, he's not, so it's tough to keep a defensive defenseman in Poti. I do't mind the guy as much as most, and did think he'd play well this season, but, I don't know if the organization would chance getting this defensive version of Poti for two seasons in a row. They do need an offenseman. They do need room for a rookie (hopefully Staal). They will sign Rozsival, I believe, and Malik, Kaspar and Tyutin are mainstays. There just isn't the room.

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I'd sign all the free agents we had pending cap restrictions and if we could find a suitable replacement. We finally have some chemistry, why change it?? If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it!

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I'd sign all the free agents we had pending cap restrictions and if we could find a suitable replacement. We finally have some chemistry, why change it?? If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it!
Because chemistry can vary from year to year. Just because a team has a certain magic one year does not mean it is going to carry over. Some player become complacent. Plus, a another wave of kids may be ready to push the likes of Moore, Ortmeyer, Strudwick, even a Rucinsky or a Niemenen, out of a job. Trades are also likely to take place.

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Of the potential UFAs, I think Straka, Sykora and Roszival are likely to be re-signed. I would be shocked if Rucchin returned, and I think it's umlikely Poti or Rucinsky come back.
What about signing Rachunek to replace Poti. I see he is having a big year in the RSL.

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What about signing Rachunek to replace Poti. I see he is having a big year in the RSL.

I think Rachunek comes over. But, he might be in camp as insurance if Staal still needs another year in juniors. If Staal is ready, then the exhibition season might be a showcase to send Rachunek elsewhere.

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What about signing Rachunek to replace Poti. I see he is having a big year in the RSL.
Why would we even want a guy who didn't wanna play for this team in the first place. He can stay where he is for all I care, plus we have too many young, talented D-men coming up through the system.

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Why would we even want a guy who didn't wanna play for this team in the first place. He can stay where he is for all I care, plus we have too many young, talented D-men coming up through the system.
The reason is, he's still an asset the Rangers have the rights to. If he comes over, and plays well in camp, the Rangers have insurance if Staal or Baranka aren't ready. If either one is ready, and the Rangers have also signed a UFA d-man, Rachunek is trade fodder.

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It will depend on the direction the team takes by the March deadline, and how well they play in post season. Who stays or goes depends on Sather making/not some sort of deal. Straka, Sykora and Rucinsky will most likely be back. Ville hasn't done much, but he's supposed to play well in the post season so you have to wait and see. If Rachunek does come to camp, then Poti should go, as there is other young talent available, plus he would need more $ to be resigned and he's not worth it. Other developing players will most likely be given a chance.

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It will depend on the direction the team takes by the March deadline, and how well they play in post season. Who stays or goes depends on Sather making/not some sort of deal. Straka, Sykora and Rucinsky will most likely be back. Ville hasn't done much, but he's supposed to play well in the post season so you have to wait and see. If Rachunek does come to camp, then Poti should go, as there is other young talent available, plus he would need more $ to be resigned and he's not worth it. Other developing players will most likely be given a chance.
I don't think it makes much difference of who does how well in the playoffs. There is simply no room for certain players. The Rangers cannot resign all three of Straka, Sykora & Rucinsky. There is only room for two. In the salary cap era, resigning players like Rucinsky & Rucchin is just plain silly. Both will be 36 before the following season ends. There is simply no room for them. Not on the top 2 lines, not on the bottom 2 lines.
Ditto for Poti. Makes no difference how much better his defensive game got. It is still not enough for him to make a living off of. Unless he is piling up points, which he is not, there is no room for him either. Considering that he makes $2.39m this year, he would need to take a sizeable pay-cut (think at least $1m) to even put himself into the thought process.
Don't see how there is room for Rachunek either. Not if Rozsival is going to get resigned. Tyutin, Malik and Kasper make three. If Rozsival is resigned, that makes 4. Since it seems that Staal has absolutely nothing to prove at juniors and is too young to play in Hartford, one would ***-u-me that he makes 5. That leaves one spot for a UFA.

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Don't forget the Rangers will need to have cap room for Henrik Lundqvist when his contract expires after the 2006-07 season.They can't and won't go crazy signing free agents

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I would offer Karel Rachunek to Montreal for Mike Komisarek at the draft

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Don't forget the Rangers will need to have cap room for Henrik Lundqvist when his contract expires after the 2006-07 season.They can't and won't go crazy signing free agents
Signing one UFA defenseman this year and maybe one UFA forward the following year, is not exactly going crazy. They will have plenty of room for Henke. As has been discussed before, as players like Ward, Ortmeyer & Moore come up for free-agency, you will, more likely than not, see them traded off and replaced by younger, better and cheaper counterparts.
The Ragners are in a good place cap-wise. The cap is likely to increase by around $2m next year (or so the rumors state) and they will have players like Rucchin and Poti coming off the books. And between the two of them, that is $5m saved, that can be used on a premier UFA defenseman.

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I'd let Rucchin and Poti walk at season's end. Both have played well for us, but I think we can fill their roles in other ways.

As for additions:


I'm interested in Varada (UFA I think), he adds a good physical presence up front and would mesh well with the czech "posse."


I'm really big on the idea of getting Filip Kuba as well. Either during the season or over the summer.

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Rucchin and Poti will go for sure. I'd consider bringing back Ville but only if he makes a big impact in the playoffs. He's been on and off for us there year and unless he steps it up big come playoff time, I'd let him go.

Straka and Sykora are no brainers...those two, Jagr, Prucha, and Nylander will solidify 5 of our top 6 forwards. The last spot in the top 6 will be up for grabs (I could see Immonen and Dawes fighting for that spot).

Realistically, Rucinsky is a waste if brought in next season. With Immonen, Dawes, etc... finally having some AHL playing time under their belts and succeeding, they may be able to take their game to the next level. Both Rucinsky and Rucchin will most likely be replaced with players within the system. Honestly, that's fine with me.

Our main goal this off-season should be going after a premier defenseman and that's it. If we want to sign a decent 3rd/4th line forward, I'm fine with that.

Also, I believe Hossa should be re-signed due to the role he filled this season. He'll play the 3rd/4th lines and whenever an injury occurs, he can fill in on the 2nd line. This guy can play nearly every line and works hard every shift...even if he isn't producing all the time, he's usually making things happen on the ice.

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Also, I believe Hossa should be re-signed due to the role he filled this season. He'll play the 3rd/4th lines and whenever an injury occurs, he can fill in on the 2nd line. This guy can play nearly every line and works hard every shift...even if he isn't producing all the time, he's usually making things happen on the ice.
He is another player for whom there is simpy no room for. He has no place on the top 2 lines and, judging by his production, clearly does not belong there. So resigning him would do nothing but clog up a roster space. He is not a bottom-2 line player, and does not contribute nearly enough offensively to matter. Eventually, it is time to let players like him become someone else's reclamation project.

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of the current rangers i would resign Straka, Rucinsky, Nieminen, Poti, Sykora...qualify Betts, Orts, Rozsival, Tyutin, Ward. Im questionable about Hossa and also about Moore. I feel like he's been irrelevant lately and you won't even hear his name if we make the playoffs.

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This has been hashed over recently in a relatively recent thread about free agents and the 50-contract limit here. The OP, just like I did, got their initial list from hockeytraderumours.com. The problem is that their list contains numerous errors (Neimenen and Ward are not free agents, etc.). The edited list on my link has the accurate list (achieved through much trial and error).

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