Rangers Roundup: Eye on Panarin, RFA’s, and coaching roles
The latest around the web concerning the Rangers.
Artemi Panarin has given the Blue Jackets a September 13th deadline to negotiate a contract extension. If one is not worked out, it sounds like he won’t discuss a possible new contract until the end of the season. This puts a huge amount of pressure on Columbus to pay up big time money or find themselves forced to trade him as a rental at the deadline.
Panarin met recently in France with Columbus GM, Jarmo Kekalainen to discuss what they are both looking for. We can expect the 2 sides to talk all the way up to the deadline, which is the start of training camp. Should they not reach an agreement on an extension, expect the Rangers to check back in on this offensive stud.
A deal for Panarin would require at least 2 young players off the roster and a high prospect or 1st round pick. Or the Rangers could wait until he hits the open market, risking losing him to another team.
Jimmy Vesey avoided arbitration by signing a 2 year bridge deal.
— SiriusXM NHL Network (@SiriusXMNHL) July 17, 2018
Vesey has shown signs of being a key role player for the Rangers that can chip in 20 goals a season, now he has to prove it.
With Vesey signed at a cap hit of $2.275M, we now show the #Rangers with $19.2M in cap space and a roster of 20 (10F – 9D – 1G)
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 17, 2018
Three other Rangers RFA’s remain unsigned with court dates looming:
Brady Skjei – July 31st
Kevin Hayes – August 2nd
Ryan Spooner August 4th
Rangers Coaching Staff Roles
Quinn – Head Coach
Ruff – Asst Coach (defense)
Oliver – Asst Coach (forwards)
Brown – Eye in the Sky / defense