UPDATED: NY Rangers Rumor Round Up 6/26/14
UPDATED at 2:45PM
There has been lots of noise lately so we decided to try and help quiet it down for our FullTilt Rangers Magazine readers. Let’s Go!
1. Anton Stralman
As per Larry Brooks, the Rangers had upped their offer to 4 years and approximately 4 million per season.
The Noise: Stralman rejected 9 million over 3 years and all inclinations are he will go to UFA status on July 1st. The Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers are eyeing his services. However, the list is growing with teams like Edmonton, Washington and the Islanders coming into the mix.
Odds of Being a Ranger: SLIM
Talks between Rangers and Anton Stralman are not going as expected. We’ll see if it’s gona change in the next few days. #tvasports
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 25, 2014
2. Dan Boyle
The Rangers have contacted Dan Boyle about his interest in coming to NY.
The Noise: Glen Sather has been trying to acquire D. Boyle’s services since 2012. Boyle is looking for a 2 year deal as this is his last NHL contract. The problem is that 10 other teams want him too.
Odds of Being a Ranger: ABOVE AVERAGE
UPPDATE: Dan Boyle still feels like he can play.
Buzz/Poll: Dan Boyle says that he still has good hockey left https://t.co/OC5x9Mk5rw
— Adam Rotter (@AdamRotter) June 26, 2014
3. Brian Boyle
Actually, it’s really quiet here. Brian Boyle did get married this past week and that is probably the reason. He is looking for a raise and a bigger role.
The Noise: Although there hasn’t been much in the news, most feel Brian Boyle will hit the UFA market on July 1st and be signed by a Western Conference team looking for center depth.
Odds of Being a Ranger: BELOW AVERAGE
4. The Zuccarello – Brassard – Pouliot Line NY Post’s Larry Brooks believes all three will be retained for about 11 million a season. Zucc at about $4M, Brassard at $4.5M and Pouliot at $2.5M. Last year they were at about 6M.
The Noise: Considering that Zuccarello and Brassard are RFA’s, there isn’t much noise. Benoit Pouliot feels like he found a home a really wants to stay with this line.
Odds of Being Rangers: HIGH
According to Renaud Lavoie, about 10 teams interested in Benoit Pouliot, who wants a long-term contract.
— Rangers Report (@rangersreport) June 26, 2014
UPDATE: Pouliot wants multi-years on his next deal. However, if 10 teams have come knocking – his asking price may go to high.
5. Chris Kreider
Again, there isn’t too much here because Kreider is a RFA and the Rangers really hold all the bargaining chips.
The Noise: Chris Kreider will either fight a losing fight and sit out for money that won’t be coming (see: Derek Stepan), or he will accept a 2 year bridge deal that is on the table for about 2.5M a year.
Odds of Being A Ranger: GUARANTEED
6. Paul Stastny
The best UFA center available come July 1st has been talking with the Colorado Avalanche about staying. Still, he and his agent know that many teams will open up their coffers for him.
The Noise: There is a lot surrounding Stastny and the Rangers are in the mix. However, considering their tight cap situation, they will be out of the running the moment he hits the market. With teams like Chicago, Anaheim, St. Louis and Minnesota all looking to take from their conference rival.
Odds of Being A Ranger: SLIM TO NONE
Rangers have called about Stastny — Adrian Dater (@adater) June 25, 2014
UPDATE: As per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have not called about Stastny. FUN!
7. Jason Spezza
The Ottawa center has asked for a trade. Sens GM Bryan Murray was clear that he won’t trade him unless he gets what he wants.
The Noise: The Anaheim Ducks went after Spezza hard this past deadline. Now, the St. Louis Blues are hot on his tail. They are believed to be the front runners, but latest news has more teams entering the fray. It doesn’t appear the Rangers are one.
Odds of Being a Ranger: SLIM TO NONE
8. Joe Thornton
San Jose is looking to rebuild. Already they have released Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat. Next up, either Patrick Marleau or Joe Thornton.
The Noise: There has been talk in SJ of stripping Jumbo Joe of the “C”. He has also gone on record saying he will move his NTC if the fans want him to. SJ would like to move him to the East and out of their conference.
Odds of Being a Ranger: AVERAGE
9. Dominic Moore
The winner of the Masterson Trophy would love to return to the Rangers on a 1 or 2 year deal at about 1.5-2 million a season.
The Noise: If the Rangers sign D. Moore before July 1st, that means they went plan B and Brian Boyle is gone.
Odds of Being a Rangers: HIGH
10. Brad Richards
Although he was bought out, it’s fun to share that the former Ranger got a call from the Islanders.
Buzz: The Islanders have placed a call to Brad Richards https://t.co/fVuF3YlWxa
— Adam Rotter (@AdamRotter) June 26, 2014