Originally Posted by gomestar
fair point, and I agree. I think I remember Kreider also mentioning something about him not scoring on his grade-A opportunities, but I think that will come with more experience.
I think Richards is going to be bought out, and I think it's this series that is doing him in. $6.6/yr, that's a lot of space to clear.
so, L-B, what do you think the Rangers should do in the off season?
Rangers RFA's after this year: Brassard, Kreider, Zucc, Falk, Jon Moore.
Rangers UFA's after this year: Boyle, Pouliot, Dom Moore, Carcillo, Stralman, Diaz
I'd imagine they'd want to sign Brassard and Zucc (prob Zucc over Brass), and probably a bridge contract for Kreider. I can see interest in keeping the young J. Moore too.
I'm not sure about Boyle. He's critical on the PK and faceoffs, but not as strong on the boards as you'd expect from a guy of his size. Puliot and D. Moore were signed on the cheap for 1-year deals, i think about $1M per, and both have had excellent seasons and brought forth a great 3rd4th line that helped carry the Rangers to the finals. I'd imagine it would be a no brainer if they can be had for a bit of a raise, maybe 1.5-1.8 each. I'm guessing Carcillo will be out, not sure about Diaz, and i imagine Stralman will bolt for a big raise.
i had to check cap geek to verify these, and it's so satisfying to see McDonagh signed unti 2019 at $4.7 per.
Richards will most likely get bought out. He has a little bit left in the tank but no one will want him at his current price. If a player on a big contract can't be moved, you have no choice. Sucks for Brad though -- he's had some good years.
I think they definitely resign Brass, Zucc, Moore, and give Kreider a 2.5MM bridge deal for a few seasons. That's the name of the game for young, promising RFAs.
I also thing they bring back Pouliot for 1 year, probably resign Boyle as well if nothing else than for his size/ability to take faceoffs. I don't think he has been that bad in this series. Moore I think walks, mostly because he always asks for more than what teams are willing to give him, and I thinK Carcillo might get the boot as well. Diaz might stay on as a 7th D-man.
It don't think the Rangers (or other contending teams in the East, mind you) would be too smart to be very active on the UFA circuit this offseason. The pickings are slim and the prices will be high. They are still missing a first line center but they won't find a UFA at a decent price to plug that hole.
It sucks to stand pat when you feel like you can contend, but if there is one thing that does not work in today's NHL it's trying to build a winner through free agency...
Everytime I see McDonagh play, I die a little inside knowing that we traded him away for Scott freakin' Gomez. Then I see his bargain basement contact and I die a little more. What a disaster that was for the Habs, but our loss is definitely New York's gain. He's going to be a stud on the Ranger's blueline for years.