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.