Rangers Roundup: Salary Cap update, new organizational hires, and more
The latest New York Rangers news looks at the team’s salary cap after re-signing Alexis Lafreniere, new organizational hires, and much more.
Let’s check in on the latest buzz.
New York Rangers salary cap update
On Thursday, the Rangers officially announced the re-signing of 2020 first overall pick Alexis Lafreniere to a two-year extension. Per CapFriendly, the AAV is for $2.325 million with Lafreniere an RFA again in the summer of 2025 and having a $2.65 million qualifying offer.
Assuming the Rangers will carry an extra forward (Alex Belzile) and defenseman (Erik Gustafsson), the Blueshirts have $728, 418 in cap space heading into the season. This allows some room for an emergency call up from the Hartford Wolf Pack during the season.
Rangers announce new hires
The Rangers organizational overhaul continues with the confirmation of two rumored hires and Jim Ramsay’s (head medical trainer) replacement.
- Ryane Clowe has been promoted to Co-Senior Advisor to President and General Manager
- Angela Ruggiero has been hired as Hockey Operations Advisor
- Christian Hmura has been hired as Skills and Performance Development Coach
- Mark Ciaccio has been named Prospect Development Skills Coach
- Paul Mara has been hired as Player Development Assistant
- Andy Hosler has been named Head Athletic Trainer
- Brandon Rodgers has been named Senior Sports Therapist
- Kayla McAvoy has been hired full-time as Assistant Sports Scientist
- Kathryn Yates has been hired as Manager of Performance Data Insights
Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Hmura would take over for Ciaccio as the skills coach. According to the NY Post’s Mollie Walker, Ciaccio asked for this change.
Walker also noted on Thursday, that the Rangers would be hiring hall-of-famer Ruggiero.
Meanwhile, Hosler was head athletic trainer for the Nashville Predators when Peter Laviolette was head coach there.
This and That
Speaking with a representative at MSG Networks, Forever Blueshirts has learned that the 2023-24 broadcast schedule should be released in early September. The network hasn’t yet made a decision if they will televise or stream the upcoming Rookie Series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
For more info on Rangers vs Flyers rookies, read here.