Rangers Roundup: Barclay Goodrow trade buzz, and will Hank get the call?

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Mar 8, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow (21) and Minnesota Wild center Frederick Gaudreau (89) face-off during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers won’t be getting any help from the league regarding the salary cap ceiling, which is only expected to jump from $82.5M to $83.5M.

That means GM Chris Drury has less than $12 million to figure out the rest of the roster, including re-signing Alexis Lafreniere and K’Andre Miller.

Recently, Forever Blueshirts explored a potential buyout of Barclay Goodrow and per CapFriendly, the structure would look something like this:

Deal: $3.64M AAV (modified no-trade / 4 years remaining)
Buyout Savings: $3.841M (2023-24), $3.7M (2024-25), $2.491M (2025-26)
Buyout Penalty: $8K (2026-27), $1,258,333 (following 4 seasons)

Now a new report from Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff states that Rangers are gauging interest from other teams for a potential trade.

“No guarantee he gets moved, but the Rangers are perusing prices for Goodrow on the market in an effort to find salary cap flexibility,” Seravalli wrote. “The buyout doesn’t appear to be a path New York is willing to consider.”

Rangers gauging interest in Barclay Goodrow

Goodrow, 30, registered 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 82 games last season. The gritty forward played a key role under former head coach Gerard Gallant as someone he could plug in on the top two lines for more forechecking. He was also one of the Rangers top penalty killers and if he remains around, I’d expect Peter Laviolette to utilize him in the same way.

Should the Rangers be able to trade his entire cap hit away, it would likely take a second or third-round pick to make it happen. I don’t believe Drury would trade him and retain any portion of his salary.

If New York can make a good deal, they could use the cap savings to sign lower-cost UFAs like Tyler Motte and/or Nick Bjugstad.

Will Henrik Lundqvist get the Hall Call?

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The Hockey Hall of Fame will be announcing the 2023 Class later today and Henrik Lundqvist is on the ballot.

This is Hank’s first year of eligibility in a career that was cut short by a heart condition that required surgery at the age of 37. From 2005 to 2020, Lundqvist ruled the crease at the World’s Most Famous Arena before being unceremoniously bought out.

It’s been quite a time for former Rangers’ legend with the premiere of his documentary “Open Heart” this week. The film explores his life and career, which could get an exclamation mark with a call from the Hall.

Lundqvist, now 41, has a record of 459-310-96 with 64 shutouts to his credit. That’s first among all New York Rangers goalies in their history and first among all European born net minders in the NHL and sixth overall. His career GAA is 2.42 with a .918 save percentage and he won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12.

Here’s a list of Rangers records Lundqvist holds:

  • Most game played 887
  • Most wins 459
  • Best GAA (min 325 starts) 2.43
  • Best SV% (min 100 starts) .918
  • Shutouts 64
  • Most points 27
  • Playoff games 130
  • Playoff wins 61
  • Most playoff shutouts 10

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

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