New York Rangers In and Out: Offseason moves for grit and cap space

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Dec 8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) holds Vegas Golden Knights right wing Ryan Reaves (75) away from the puck during the third period at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Drury was pretty clear about what he wanted his Rangers to be heading into next season. “It’s hard not to watch these playoffs and notice the physicality, the energy, the effort and the intensity it takes to win and to succeed and we’re certainly going to need to play that way to have success,” he said back in June.

A look at the moves the Blueshirts have made speak exactly to that. “You know we all want harder players to play against and we’re no different,” Drury words rang prophetic as they added grit players like Barclay Goodrow and Ryan Reaves. However; the moves made also conserved valuable cap space as well.

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New York Rangers players in and out

The Blueshirts moves consisted of six players being brought in that currently are counting against the cap on CapFriendly. Gregg McKegg is currently slotted in the AHL so he is not counted. They are also one player over the 23 man roster limit, so the savings will likely go up another $762,500 once Dryden Hunt is sent down.

For simplicity’s sake, the Rangers have gained at least $3.2 million in cap space with their moves. In actuality it’s more since Pavel Buchnevich received $5.8 million with the Blues. That difference comes out to potentially $5.78M which went to signing goalie Igor Shesterkin for $5.66M.

The Rangers currently have $8.8M in cap space, but will have around $9.5M when the roster is trimmed to 23. They need to account for performance bonuses so the number is closer to $7.5M.

This gives Drury plenty of flexibility to make more moves, but to also start preparing to give extensions to Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox.

Barclay Goodrow $           3,641,667.00 Pavel Buchnevich $           3,250,000.00 
Ryan Reaves $           1,750,000.00 Brett Howden $              863,333.00 
Sammy Blais $           1,500,000.00 Colin Blackwell $              725,000.00 
Patrick Nemeth $           2,500,000.00 Phil Di Giuseppe $              700,000.00 
Jarred Tinordi $              900,000.00 Brendan Smith $           4,350,000.00 
Dryden Hunt $              762,500.00 Tony DeAngelo* $           4,400,000.00 
TOTAL $         11,054,167.00   $         14,288,333.00 
SAVINGS $           3,234,166.00   

*DeAngelo savings calculated after buyout penalty applied for 2021-22

Chris Drury made the Blueshirts harder to play against

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By acquiring the 28 year-old Goodrow the Drury began to reshape his bottom six. The 6-2 forward skated in 55 games with Tampa Bay last season, picking up six goals and 20 points, along with a plus-16 rating and 52 penalty minutes. He also notched six points in 18 playoff games while helping the Lightning win the Stanley Cup for a second straight time.

“He’s a guy that we targeted and obviously went out and made a deal with Tampa early to get a jump on it,” Drury said via “I think he’s pretty versatile. I could see him do all different things for Gerard (Gallant), whether that’s more time in the middle, whether it’s face-offs in the d-zone. But we think he’s got a pretty complete game. He’s going be able to help a lot of different areas.”

Barclay Goodrow is expected to play a prominent role on the third line. Meanwhile, Ryan Reaves fully changes the dynamic of the team bringing a level of toughness not seen in years. Sammy Blais is expected to also be a key player on a revamped 4th line.

The signing of Patrik Nemeth is to stabilize the Rangers third pair defense. He is expected to be paired with top prospect Nils Lundkvist, and will help mentor him. Jarred Tinordi will be slotted in for the rough and tumble games with team’s like the Islanders and Capitals.

Shesterkin’s deal, while slightly high for a goalie with less than a full season under his belt is going to be worth it in the long run.

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