Rangers Roundup: RFA’s, Coaching Staff, and more
The Rangers are expected to start getting real busy this week as they get set to announce the coaching staff for next season. Already listed as part of the staff are Lindy Ruff, Benoit Allaire, and Jerry Dineen per the Rangers website.
Former NHL forward and Head Coach, Joe Sacco may be one of the lead candidates on David Quinn’s list. Sacco hired Quinn as an assistant while he was the bench boss in Colorado.
Sacco amassed a record of 130-134-30 in 294 games from 2009-2013. His best season was his rookie year as coach in 2009-2010 where the Avs finished 2nd in the division with a record of 43-30-9 with a 1st round playoff exit.
Quinn meets with Lundqvist
David Quinn went to Sweden to meet with his franchise player and star goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist. No details came out of the meeting but one can safely assume Quinn discussed his plans for the year and style of play.
One hot topic for sure will be the amount of playing time Lundqvist should burden in a rebuild season with a low possibility of contending for the Cup.
It sounds like Brady Skjei is the RFA most likely to be locked down to a deal. Jimmy Vesey should also get signed and that means both will avoid arbitration. Kevin Hayes remains an intriguing story, especially from a trade perspective but I fully expect he will be signed to a bridge deal and avoid arbitration.
Ryan Spooner is the one Ranger that might make it to arbitration, being the first to do so since Nikolai Zherdev in 2009. The Rangers walked away from the award and the same situation could happen here, but I believe unlikely.
Spooner remains the Ranger most likely to be traded before camp in September.