Rangers Roundup: A look at Blueshirts RFA’s, and would Bruins’ Bruce Cassidy be a fit behind the bench?

By Anthony Scultore
Apr 13, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) is congratulated by center Brett Howden (21) after the game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have a handful of RFA’s they need to get under contract. Pavel Buchnevich and Igor Shesterkin are at the top of their To-Do List, but there are others. Let’s take a quick look.

New York Rangers RFA’s

While there is no firm date on when qualifying offers have to be in or when players can file for arbitration, it is usually after the draft (7/23-24). This summer the Rangers have six RFAs to sign, but only two with arbitration rights.

  • Pavel Buchnevich (Arb Rights)
  • Igor Shesterkin (Arb Rights)
  • Filip Chytil
  • Brett Howden
  • Julien Gauthier
  • Libor Hajek

I fully expect for expansion draft purposes all will receive their qualifying offers as soon as possible. Ryan Lindgren was a pending RFA but was signed immediately after the season.

As far as Buchnevich and Shesterkin go, they should both be in line for multi-year deals. Buchnevich will likely get a deal in the $5.5 million range for 2-3 seasons. Shesterkin could see something in the $4 to $4.5 range if the deal is only 2-3 years. If the Rangers believe Shesterkin is their true number one goalie, they could up that to 5 years in the neighborhood of $5+ million.

Would Bruce Cassidy be a fit for the Rangers?

Bruce Cassidy
Jun 7, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy talks with his players during a timeout in the third period of game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins were eliminated yesterday by the NY Islanders in six games. Some question if Bruce Cassidy will be moving on this offseason. I don’t believe that will be the case, but would he be a good fit for this Rangers team? Larry Brooks believes the Rangers are “monitoring” the situation.

The Rangers are also believed monitoring the situations with Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice following the Jets’ second-round sweep by Montreal after having swept Edmonton in the opening round, and with Boston’s Bruce Cassidy…The Post has been told that Jared Bednar’s job as coach of the Avalanche might be in jeopardy if Colorado goes down to Vegas in a series that was tied 2-2 entering Tuesday’s Game 5. It is not clear whether Bednar would become a candidate in New York if he becomes available.

NY Post

Cassidy has done a solid job with the Bruins, and the team’s lack of success is more a byproduct of age and injury than anything else. The 34 year-old Tuukka Rask admitted to it last night, and may need surgery to correct the issues that hampered him late in the series.

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