Rangers Roundup: Adam Huska gets 1 year deal, updated cap situation, and more

The New York Rangers re-signed goaltender Adam Huska on a 1 year two-way contract. He will earn $750,000 if called up to the big club and $80,000 when playing in the minors per CapFriendly.

Rangers sign Adam Huska

This past season for the Hartford Wolf Pack, the 6-4 netminder from Slovakia had an average season. Huska posted a 9-4 record with a 2.70 GAA and an .890 SV%.

For his AHL career with the Pack, he’s 21-17-9 with a SV% of .892 and a GAA of 3.02 with no shutouts.

The 24 year-old goalie was drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 draft. This would be his fourth season with the Wolf Pack. He is expected to backup Tyler Wall or Keith Kinkaid or he could join the Rangers new ECHL affiliate the Jacksonville Icemen.

Rangers current cap situation

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Mar 10, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) and center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the game between the Rangers and the Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

According to CapFriendly, the Rangers have 24 players signed for the upcoming season. That will eventually be reduced to either 22 or the max 23 before the 2021-22 season begins.

Current cap space = $13,662,698

They also have two RFAs to sign in Igor Shesterkin and Libor Hajek. Both received their qualifying offers and Shesterkin did not file for salary arbitration. Many believe a deal is either imminent or already agreed to but not finalized.

So what’s the hold up?

It’s quite possible a deal is in place but not yet finalized. Chris Drury is still working on potential trades and would like to hold his cap position secretive. A page out of Lou Lamoriello’s playbook,

For arguments sake, if the Rangers were to complete a trade for Jack Eichel without moving any significant salary the other way, they would have an estimated $3M to $4M in cap space left.

If Drury were to sign Shesterkin to a 6 year deal around $6 million before that, they’d be over the cap. That would clearly show they a need to shed salary and consequently diminish the return on other players.

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