October 14, 2020

Frugal Rangers is a real change of pace this free agent season, a look at their signings so far

Jeff Gorton at the draft (Getty Images)

The Rangers have been frugal this offseason. Yes, the Broadway Blueshirts have avoided signing anyone on the free agent market of any consequence. The biggest deal, and much to the fanbase’s chagrin is Jack Johnson to a one year deal at $1.15 million.

Rangers free agent signings so far

Jeff Gorton has given out 10 contracts totaling up to $7.9M for next season. That is an average salary of just $795K for each player. Nine of those deals were to free agents, and one was Alexis Lafreniere’s entry level contract for three years.

rangers free agent signings
Jack Johnson joins NYR (Getty Images)

Seven of the 10 deals are two-way contracts meaning the money will be less if they play in Hartford. All but one (Jack Johnson) can be fully buried in the minors with no cap hit.

PLAYERAGEPOSTYPETERMVALUECAP HIT
Phillip Di Giuseppe27LW2way1$700,000 $700,000 
Jack Johnson33LD1way1$1,150,000 $1,150,000
Brandon Crawley23D2way1$700,000 $700,000 
Jonny Brodzinski27C2way1$700,000 $700,000 
Colin Blackwell27C2way2$1,450,000 $725,000 
Kevin Rooney27C1way2$1,500,000 $750,000 
Keith Kinkaid31G1way2$1,650,000 $825,000 
Anthony Greco27RW2way2$1,475,000 $737,500 
Anthony Bitetto30LD2way2$1,475,000 $737,500 
Alexis Lafrenière19LW2way3$11,325,000$925,000 

Will the Rangers make a move?

At this time the Rangers have 13 contract spots available. The focus for the team will be securing deals for Tony DeAngelo, Ryan Strome, Brendan Lemieux, and Alexandar Georgiev. That means the Rangers will still have room to add 9 more contracts.

Many of those will be filled by moving up guys currently listed a non-roster such as Libor Hajek, Vitali Kravtsov, and K’Andre Miller. Of course the Rangers must factor in performance bonus cushions which at the moment stands at $4 million before adding a player like Kravtsov to it.

So the approach will be to let the dust settle on the RFAs. Once they know what cap space they have left if any, they could go bargain hunting. What if a player like Erik Haula is still waiting for a home next month? You never know what surprises await in the crazy offseason.

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