Rangers Roundup: Paul Mara named Wolf Pack assistant coach, and NHL Salary Cap update

NHL: New York Rangers at Washington Capitals
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The New York Rangers are in Ottawa to take on the Senators on Tuesday night and looking to extend their winning streak to four straight games.

While the team continues to build momentum and points in the standings, their minor league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, are one of the AHL’s better teams. Despite a rash of injuries, call-ups, and a coaching change to Steve Smith after the Edmonton Oilers hired Kris Knoblauch last month have made them another impressive story.

Let’s check in on the latest news surrounding the Rangers organization.

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Former Rangers defenseman Paul Mara named Wolf Pack assistant coach

NHL: New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs
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Larry Brooks of the NY Post reported late Monday that the Hartford Wolf Pack have added Paul Mara to the coaching staff.

The Rangers have bolstered their staff in Hartford by shifting Paul Mara from his role as an organizational assistant development coach to assistant coach in charge of defense with the AHL Wolf Pack, The Post has learned.

NY Post

Mara, 44, played two and half seasons with the Blueshirts from the 2006-07 to 2008-09 campaigns. During that span, he registered 8 goals and 35 assists for 43 points in 156 games patrolling the blue-line. For his career, he played in 734 games and notched 253 points.

The Ridgewood, New Jersey native was head coach of the Boston Pride, capturing two championships in the Women’s Premiere Hockey Foundation (2021 and 2022).

NHL Salary Cap update

It’s been long speculated that the NHL Salary Cap would go up by $4 million from its current $83.5 million. Now reports from the Board of Governors meetings indicate it will be a tad higher at approximately $87.65 million.

Other news to come out of the meetings were as follows:

  • NHL Draft likely to be held in Vegas at the MSG Sphere (official word expected on Tuesday)
  • Fans want players at the Olympics

UPDATE: 2024 NHL Draft to be held at the MSG Sphere in Vegas.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore