Free Agency decisions: First, sign their own.

Important Week Ahead for NYR

Good morning, boneheads!

Previous post was getting too long, time to move on. We will find out by the end of this week what Gorton had in mind when he talked about “rebuild on the fly”.

Meantime, ICYMI, according to multiple media sources, NY qualified RFAs Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast ( both at a 100% of their base salary, $3.25M, and $1M respectively), and Nick Jensen ( at 105% of his base salary, or $630K).

Also, Gorton did not give qualifying offers to Pirri, Skapski, and Clendening.

Pirri’s scoring ability wasn’t enough to overcome his questionable skating, and he didn’t do enough down the stretch ( especially on PP) to warrant his return.

The decision on Clendening is a bit surprising to me, as he was another R handed D-man they let go. He is only 24, has shown some offensive ability, and it would’ve only cost them $630K to retain his rights. NY doesn’t have any issues with the amount of contracts, they are well below 50.

Another player who left was Marek Hrivik. Hrivik has been with this organization since 2012. He, according to Carp, wanted out. Which probably means he elected to become a Group 6 UFA ( a player who is 25, has been under professional contract for at least 3 years, and played in less than 80 NHL games).

Hrivik was on a promising path initially, and was projected to be a steady bottom 6 forward, but his development was derailed by two concussions, the last one, and the most vicious, courtesy of a certifiable jackwagon Zac Rinaldo.

Alex Wins the Contest; Entry Draft Tonight

With an impressive 12 correct selections for the Vegas Golden Knights, Alex has won the contest.  E-mail me your address at and I will send your prize package over.

The rest of you will be relieved to know that this was the last contest I will run. Excuse me for trying to do something fun and/or nice.

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Expansion Draft Contest

Even though the last contest went poorly, I’m having another one. Whoever correctly guesses the most players selected by the Vegas Golden Knights will win a Rangers trading card prize package featuring classic Rangers from the 60s-90s. In the event of a tie, the first tiebreaker will be most correct answers from the Metropolitan Division, the second tiebreaker will be the most correct answers from the Atlantic, and the third tiebreaker will be the Central Division. After that, I am picking names from a hat.

You can find the protection lists here. The contest will run until 3 p.m. Tuesday, and chances are information will leak before then so it is in your benefit to wait a bit before making your submission. Good luck!