Saturday, August 22, 2009

Rangers Salary Cap Situation

Throughout the summer we've been monitoring the Rangers roster and looking at the moves that still need to be made in order to fill the roster and what remaining cap space the team has.

Since the last update there hasn't been much activity in New York, but the Rangers have decided to walk away from Nik Zherdev and the team has since signed Vinnie (or Vinny, or Vaclav) Prospal. Brandon Dubinsky still remains unsigned, which makes it likely that he'll sign the one year qualifying offer that the Rangers made him and he'll make less than $650k this year. As of now the forwards on the roster seem fairly certain (at least 10 of them) and the two goalies are already determined. The biggest mystery is on the blue line where the only names set in stone are Redden, Rozsival, Staal and Girardi.

The image below (which if you click on becomes larger and clearer) is a list of the players that in my opinion will be on the roster on opening night. The roster below has 11 forwards, 4 defensemen and 2 goalies. At the very least the team still needs to add a forward and two defensemen. Of the two or three defensemen that will be added to the roster at least one of them is likely to be a rookie.

The Rangers have over $6.8M in cap space to fill the remaining three spots in their lineup and carry at least one extra roster player. Matt Gilroy is one of the favorites to make the team on defense ($1.75M). Corey Potter, Bobby Sanguinetti, Mike Sauer and Ilkka Heikkinen are all other possible rookies (all less than $1M cap hit). Will Sather also add a veteran to the blue line, like has been rumored over the past couple of weeks?

I guess these questions will all be answered soon (not soon enough if you're a hockey nut like me!)

7 comments:

NYR Blogger said...

Great Article! I love Cap Geek, it is sooo AWESOME!

Ryan McFadden - The Manic Ranger said...

He has to add another defenseman. There isn't really much of a market out there but going into the season w/ 2 rookies on the back line in a 'safe is death' offense is well.. death.

NYR Blogger said...

You have a good point, that is why all those Bouillon rumors were swirling around.

Puck Central said...

I agree that the NYR will be adding a veteran dman, I'd be surprised if they started the season w/ more than 2 rookies on defense. Then again would they carry a rookie as the 7th dman? Doubtful. Also as pointed out to me on Twitter by 2 of our great Forum Members, the Cap Geek cap hit for Dubinksy is actually 10% more, as the number above was his pre-Qualifying Offer salary

NYR Blogger said...

Interesting

Brian said...

Gilroy will be on this team, as he has a 1-way contract and the Rangers are not going to expose him to the rest of the league.

Puck Central said...

Brain - I also think that Gilroy will be on the team. But, the NYR could put Gilroy in Hartford & he wouldn't have to clear waivers (be exposed for anyone to claim him).