Rangers Roundup: Gorton Speaks With MSG, Erik Karlsson, and More

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Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Here are the latest rumblings around Rangerstown.

Jeff Gorton

The Rangers GM spoke to John Giannone of MSG Networks last night and here is what he had to say.

  • On this year’s July 1 being different than previous years: “We have a plan in place and if you saw development camp you saw how many young players we had and we are trying to develop these guys the right way and give them [the] opportunity. Based on what was out there and some of the opportunities we felt it was better to stay with our young guys and keep moving forward.”
  • On bringing in Fredrik Claesson: “he’s played less than 200 games, can skate, plays physical, can play both sides. We thought it was a good opportunity to add to our depth and see if he can make our team.”
  • On Brendan Smith and his status in the organization: “One of the things we liked about him was his physicality, how he played in front of the net, his skating, how he played in that run we had two-years ago was why we signed him. We think that Brendan is doing all the right things in the summer to give himself a chance to get back into the top-six and contribute and be the player we know he can be. By all signs this summer has been good, he’s been in great shape, working hard. He just had a baby, I think that this will be a really important September for him and I think he knows it.”

You can watch the full interview below.

 

Erik Karlsson

A hot topic of conversation over the last few months has been Erik Karlsson and his status with the Senators. The Ottawa captain has a tenuous relationship with team owner Eugene Melnyk and there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he will be traded.

However, The Athletic’s Rick Carpiniello has learned that the Rangers are not going to be pursuing the two-time Norris trophy winner. Carpiniello explains that according to his sources, this move would go against the whole philosophy of the organization’s rebuild. In addition to Karlsson, Bobby Ryan is being rumored as a “tag along contract” and the Rangers are not willing to take on his $7.25 million AAV over each of the next four seasons.

Matt Martin

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Former Islanders tough guy Matt Martin is on the trade block for Kyle Dubas and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it would behoove the Rangers to go after him. Martin was a thorn in the Rangers side when he was on the Island; and with a team that will be full of talented young guns, having a player like Martin on the team wouldn’t be a bad thing. Martin carries a cap hit of just $2.5 million AAV for the next two years, and according to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, it wouldn’t take a whole lot for the Rangers to acquire the 29-year-old forward. “The original thought was that the Maple Leafs would have to add a sweetener in the form of a draft pick in order to find a landing place for the 29-year-old who carries a $2.5 million cap hit for the next two seasons. But, no.”

Calvin de Haan

Speaking of the Islanders, defenseman Calvin de Haan has been rumored to be on the radar of Jeff Gorton and the Rangers.

Obviously, he didn’t sign with anyone yesterday, but de Haan would be a great addition to the Rangers, should they win the sweepstakes for his services. de Haan is still yo

ung at 27-years-old and is a good ska
ter with plenty of defensive zone ability. Should Jeff Gorton be able to land de Haan, the Rangers defensive corps would get a serious boost heading into next season.