NHL Salary Arbitration Period

Good morning, boneheads! It’s ilb. Just trying to find something to talk about in July.

The NHL is entering its next offseason stage, the arbitration period. As far as I know, there was no team elected arbitration in the league this year ( deadline was July 6th. )

Here are the players who filed for arbitration, and the dates of hearings (courtesy of NHL.com). I excluded a few cases that settled prior to arbitration date. Most do, in general. Jesper Fast is one of them. He filed and almost immediately signed a 3 year deal at $1.85M AAV. Hearings start July 20 and go through August 4th . Players who filed for arbitration aren’t eligible to sign offer sheets. ( Sorry, BDL ) πŸ™‚

Arizona Coyotes: Jordan Martinook (July 26)

Boston Bruins: Ryan Spooner (July 26)

Buffalo Sabres:Β Nathan Beaulieu (Aug. 4),Robin Lehner (July 27)

Calgary Flames: Micheal Ferland (July 22)

Colorado Avalanche: Matt Nieto (July 31)

Detroit Red Wings: Tomas Tatar (July 20)

Edmonton Oilers: Joey LaLeggia (July 25)

Los Angeles Kings: Kevin Gravel (Aug. 2)

Minnesota Wild: Mikael Granlund (Aug. 4), Nino Niederreiter (Aug. 3)

Nashville Predators: Viktor Arvidsson (July 22), Marek Mazanec (July 27), Austin Watson (July 24)

New York Islanders: Calvin de Haan (Aug. 2)

New York Rangers: Mika Zibanejad (July 25)

Ottawa Senators: Ryan Dzingel (July 21), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (July 28)

Pittsburgh Penguins: Brian Dumoulin (July 24), Conor Sheary (Aug. 4)

St. Louis Blues: Colton Parayko (July 20)

Tampa Bay Lightning: Tyler Johnson (July 20), Ondrej Palat (July 25)

Vancouver Canucks: Reid Boucher (Aug. 1), Michael Chaput (July 21)

Vegas Golden Knights: Nate Schmidt (Aug. 3)

Winnipeg Jets: Connor Hellebuyck (Aug. 1)

A decision must be made within 48 hours of the hearing. Also, teams with at least one player elected arbitration case will be able to execute another buyout. It’s called a buyout outside of the regular period. It starts on the third day after settlement of the team’s last arbitration case, or receipt of the team’s last arbitration award, and lasts 48 hours.Β The Rangers are unlikely to use it since buying out Staal is way too expensive. Nick Holden isn’t eligible for this type of buyout since his average salary is below $2.75M. In fact, since the number $2.75M was set in 2013 with an annual increase (percentage) similar to the average NHL salary increase year by year, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be able to buy out Klein that way either. Another reason to appreciate his move.Β 

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263 thoughts on “NHL Salary Arbitration Period”

  1. I think Shattenkirk was always part of the plan, and i think Gorton knew it all along……why else would you clear $7.5m of salary cap space for a 1st round pick and a #6/#7 D-man then not use any of it to trade for a Trouba? Also don’t forget buying out your veteran Righty D? (not to mention Kleiner, was he pushed or did he walk?)

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  2. Thornton, andMarleau were the plan. When it became apparent that was not happening they turned to Shattenkirk.

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  3. BDL

    plan in motion. rebuild on the fly with operative word being rebuild. they are hoping to still make the playoffs while rebuilding.

    otherwise they would not have traded for 7th overall and kept their own number 1 for a change.

    welcome change in the way they are going about things.

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  4. Look at the timeline of it all…..its obvious to me they knew Shatty was a Ranger from the get go

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  5. Jagr is a dog now. The Rangers were in on Thornton, and to a lesser extent Marleau. If Thornton had excepted the Rangers offer, no Shattenkirk.

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  6. Signing shattenkirk makes no sense. They get rid of there top center and clear cap space only to use it for shattenkirk, a power play point man specialist who doesn’t play any defense at all. I rather have Stepan and Ranta.

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  7. Tommy

    well they did get the number 7 overall pick to help with the future as well as a young righty dman.

    I liked Raanta a lot and we’ll miss him this year but he was gone thereafter.

    Re Stepan his game was slipping and they were scared of the contract including the no trade. I think the org viewed Mika as the number 1 c.

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  8. All good Tommy. I don’t expect a defensive clinic from the guy either.

    As far as centers go, I think they’re going to wind up parting w a significant piece of the roster whether it’s sooner or later.

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  9. Lol oh BDL. You poor tortured soul. I want someone to ask me if I know you so I can say “Oh for years. I knew him before the Rangers caused his breakdown”

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  10. Creating another hole, to fix the hole created by trading Stepan, would be just foolish. Put Miller ( couldn’t, shouldn’t) at center and call it an off season.

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  11. ” would have been Jumbo for one year and no Shatt.”

    I was against signing Shat-in-the-hat, but if was between him and old fart Thornton, I’d pick Shat every time. Thornton is not what they need. He’s a passer. They have too many of them already. They need a guy that can shoot the puck at center. Of course, scoring every now and then would help too.

    So, now I’m wondering if they will actually make a play for a top-six center, go for a 3rd line center or just plug Miller there and go with Ziba, Hayes, Miller, Desharnais. That lineup at center scares nobody except Rangers fans.

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  12. I do not dispute, nor have I disputed the fact that trading Stepan made sense. What has not made sense, so far, is that it does not seem to be a clear plan to replace him this year.

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  13. I am not as down on Hayes as most here. I think he has a lot more to give. Same with Z. And I am not against Miller ( couldn’t, shouldn’t) moving to center permanently. Trading one of the wingers to plug the hole at center I am against. Except if those wingers are Nash, or Zucc.

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  14. Haze is Jumbo light (very) – pass first center who is a mixed bag in the dzone
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    They do need a top 9 pivot but it would help if they had guys who finished. What Zika out half the season, hard to gauge how that impacted forward scoring.
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    Love to see Kreider and Grabner on a line with Zika to see how fast they could moral equivalence up ice

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  15. Zibanejad played two full seasons before last year. 46 points in 80 games. 51 points in 81. Last year 37 in 56. Stepan wasn’t a 70 point guy. Zibanejad in his second year here playing a full season can put up similar numbers to our former “no 1 center”

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  16. Hayes made strides last year and was our number one center in actuality the first three months of the season. Had the lower body injury against Detroit came back wasn’t the same player. Still showed he can be a 20-30-50 guy.
    Anyone know Duchene’s point totals the last three years? he’s put up 55, 59 and 41. Just saying the team isn’t doomed if that’s your 2C. Unless he implodes which any player could. Jumbo Joe and Duchene included

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  17. Zika can replicate Step’s stats including more primary scoring on PP if he can get that shot on goal.
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    Rebuild on the fly should include Nash for a young top 9 center.
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    Like Miller over Haze in pivot but don’t see them moving JT to the middle as he and Kreider are their only boardmen (not including Glass)

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  18. I don’t think the rangers planned on shattenkirk

    I do think he gave the rangers a deal they couldn’t refuse

    I don’t think the rangers will do any sort of “rebuild” while the $8.5 million dollar man is in net. Yes, I know gorton used the term rebuild in his statement, but I think it was loosely not literally. I think “retooling” is more what is actually going to happen

    I think the 7th pick in the draft and addressing an organizational position need (RD) was the best gorton could get for stepan (had to throw in a raanta sweetener). I don’t think there were other options but gorton knew they couldn’t keep that contract of stepan’s.

    I don’t think the 7th overall pick was the grand plan, it was the best “asset”gorton could get.

    In an ideal world, I think gorton wanted a centre as part of the stepan deal but as noted before, not a lot of interest in stepan other than Arizona.

    I think the drafting of andersson was mostly based on NHL readiness of him vs down the road potential thus giving gorton a centre in the deal at the end.

    In the end I think the lack of interest in stepan and the shattenkirk deal were both unforeseen and handled the best way possible “in the moment” by gorton

    I think he is going to trade from winger or left D depth (depending on the return will depend on who goes) for a centre if possible but if a trade does not pan out, will try the miller option at centre.

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  19. BDL

    its not just about this yr in replacing stepan. they drafted 2 centers one with 7th overall pick. used the money to sign shatty.

    rebuild on the fly

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  20. Nice story, Carp. I believe this is a very underrated move by Gorton. Ruff as a head coach could bore you to death. Ruff as an assistant ( not even associate) coach responsible for defense could do what his predecessors couldn’t within AV’s system. Does he have the personnel?

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  21. If there was a thrust job (and there may not have been) no one will ever tell you that they thrust, and AV will never say that he has been thrusted upon. No one in the organization will ever say such a thing, therefore you will likely get the absolute truth out of no one, just company line.

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  22. Hard to judge how the Ruff addition fits with AV without knowing more about his relationship with Gorton. If they are on the same page and he is Gorton’s guy Ruff is going to help the D get better. AV doesn’t think Buek was up to the job. If Gorton doesn’t trust him he could be tying up a qualified coach who may not be available during the season. Or he could just be hedging his bets. As a fan I have no problem with that.

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  23. Hey Coos- the name Lindy just brought a random question to my brain- do you remember Lipton’s in Wykagyl?

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  24. Gorton to AV: “Hey, Alain, do you mind working with Ruff?”
    AV: “I don’t mind”
    AV walks away mumbling to himself: “Like I got a choice?”

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  25. Lindy Ruff’s one shining moment as a Rangers player: 11/25/89. You have to put up with some guy named Lemieux first. In addition to Ruffs’ finest moment, you get to hear the worst
    voice-over effort – ever!

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  26. After a long hockey career as a PeeWee, HS player, college star and ending a long life in the NHL, do you push-off every time you start from a dead stop for the rest of. your life?

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  27. Ah ha…the brooks article says what arniel does. He’s a networker! I would also guess he is some sort of importer exporter as well.

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  28. Any thoughts?
    Nash / Hayes / Vesey
    Kreider / Zika / Grabner
    Buchnevich / Miller / Zucc
    Jensen, Puempel / Andersson, Desharnais / Fast

    McDonagh / Shattenkirk
    Skjei / Smith
    Bereglazov / DeAngelo

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  29. as much as I would like to see Kreider/Grabner together, that 3rd line is an open sieve in the D-zone.
    Switch Butch and Topo. Also Haze and VC are underwhelming together.
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    The ‘make-up’ of the forwards is not well aligned, too many pass first, no check guys. Need another ‘boardman’ to scrape for pucks when the AV Dance party is slowed down.

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  30. As far as lines and defensive pairings go this year, I think we are going to need to revive that Tom Renney Line Generator because AV/Ruff/Arniel will spend most of the year trying to get the right pairings. The only two quibbles with Pete’s are 1) Staal is in the lineup if he is healthy 2) I don’t like the idea of Andersson centering the fourth line. If he can’t crack the top nine then send him back to Sweden – just do whatever it takes contractually to make sure he would be eligible for the playoffs – if the Rangers get that far (because everyone sucks, trade everyone but the little kid from Norway. With Desharnais around you have to qualify which little kid you are talking about :-)).

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  31. Carp – That is interesting about Andersson agreeing to go to Hartford. My only question is would his current contract allow him to go to the AHL or would he have to go back to Sweden? I ask because I don’t know how those type of contracts are set up in terms of Euro leagues and the NHL/AHL.

    I know junior players can’t report to AHL teams until they would be over-agers in the CHL or were like J.T. Miller – drafted prior to playing Junior hockey. even though J.T. played Juniors, he was drafted out of the USNTDP so he was eligible to play in the AHL while still maintaining Junior eligibility as an under-ager.

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  32. ‘I think Aeneid should be his new name.’

    My vote is for Virgil.
    Must have at least one degree of separation to confuse the hell out of non-bonies!!!!

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  33. I know Staal will be playing Alex just would like to see this lineup somewhere done the line. Would love to see Staal in the press box demanding a trade. I saw on the NHL network the other night Weeks had Staal and Holden as the 2nd pairing that = a goal a game against scary!

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  34. Musky: “tell ^&&*#$ Sakic to call the *(*$(# back I’m (*(&*^ stuck in this (*$(#$(* carseat again!”

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  35. Nice video of Kevin Collins breaking up another fight and wrestling a player to the ice.What a tool.Always remember it was Collins who called 2 icing in the last minute of game 7 against Vancouver. I wonder how he would have been treated if the rangers had lost that game.

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  36. Major League Baseball can’t figure how to speed up their increasingly boring game, so the powers that be just surreptitiously order baseballs to be juiced like golf balls

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  37. Coos, I think they should let the players do all the HGH DBOL and whatever the hell else they want to do. The sport is tarnished forever anyhow. Last time baseball was insanely popular two roided out freaks were in a home run record race.

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  38. My projection for starting roster at Oct., 5 2017:
    Nash – Ziba – Vesey
    Kreider – Haze – Zuc
    Miller – Andersen – Buchnevich
    Puempel – Desharnais – Grabner
    McD – Shat’n kirk
    Skjei – Smith
    Staal – D’Angelo
    …you know who
    OJ Pavel
    Book it. B4 that – total hibernation…

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  39. AV: “Listen coach, Staal and Holden need to be out there late in the third. I trust them”
    Ruff: “I trust my grandmother, that doesn’t mean shes needs to be out there late in the third”

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  40. Kevin Collins was on the 1969 Mets. Started the season with them, and was traded during the season. Retired in 71 from baseball.

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  41. Oooh its July, so its line combos time!!

    TBH at this moment i wouldn’t rule against Lias Andersson being one of the 4 centers to start the season, they seemed impressed with him at development camp, and he’s used to playing against men. I also think the request for him to consider Hartford says a lot

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  42. Good morning, boneheads!
    Tom- Nieves and Tambellini too. Unless they are waiting for Tambellini’s father to be hired as a GM again so they can use him as their leverage πŸ™‚
    I’m also very curious to find whether they are replacing Glass.

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  43. ILB-I think they need a little more grit on the 4th line. Is Dwight King still out there? Is he too slow?

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  44. Not like Slats to not have muscle available when needed. Don’t know Gorton’s attitude. My guess is that either Glass is back or (more likely) a Glass type is signed.

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  45. The problem with bringing Glass back, is AV. He will find a way to have him in the lineup at the worst possible time. And then he will have him on the ice late in a one goal game. Bringing in a Glass type player is the way to go. As long as that player is not Glass.

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  46. Can we not cry over shattered Glass today, please? I mean I get it. The misuse by the coach makes him a liability. But he didn’t hurt the team. AV did. Asked too much of a veteran fourth liner from Hartford than he should have.

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  47. Tanner glass….it was because of him we beat Washington in that series a couple seasons ago, it was because of him we lost the sens series last season, it was because of boll the ducks lost to Nashville.

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  48. Not for nuttin’ but try to imagine how many times this softy group would have been totally humiliated without Glass or a Glass type around. Not needed, you say? I say definitely needed for team morale and fan morale. Not even questionable.

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  49. Is glass the option I would pick, no. Is glass, from what I’ve seen of Nieves and tambellini, a better option than those two at this point? Yes.

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  50. As for Jensen, He clearly wasn’t getting a sniff at the NHL level here for some reason. Not sure why as most see him as having NHL potential. I don’t know all that much about him. I guess it is what it is. Andersson, Chytil, Gropp, Kovacs are basically the top prospects as far as forwards. I think they’re alright on the wing for the next few years with Buchnevich and Vesey so young and already part of the mix.

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  51. Does gropp have any value/shot? Seems to me he should but were his stats a bit inflated because he was over age?

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  52. Wick, I don’t know how they feel about Gropp at this point in time but it seemed pretty obvious they weren’t too high on Jensen who is 4 years older. I guess we’ll see.

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  53. I think our lousy D left an aging Hank outraged and directly cost us a couple of Cup appearances. Wasn’t Bazooka Joe a Dman? You’d never know it.

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  54. I don’t agree guys it’s time to let Glass go there has to be a better option! AV’s love affair with Tanner must end!

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  55. Head Rabbi converts to Catholicism on his deathbed, recovers, comes back to life. His followers demand an explanation. Rabbi thinks, says: “Better one of them should die than one of us.”

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  56. I have a lot of thoughts on JT Miller at center btw. Was considering doing a piece about it this weekend if you guys think it’s worth it. Doodie loves whoring out his HAV…Thoughts?

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  57. Can someone clarify for me? When we drafted Lias I thought he was still under contract with FrΓΆlunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League for another year. Does he have to finish out his contract there or can he play for the Rangers/Hartford this year if he makes the team?

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  58. The entire world is imploding…
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    We have nothing to fear, but fear itself (unless you have a preexisting condition; then, plenty to worry about.)

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  59. According to CapFriendly.com, the Rangers have 43 players under contract – thus putting them seven under the 50-man limit. However, they do not count Sean Day and Tim Gettinger because they are under 19 and are considered Junior players. If both were to make the Rangers, the roster (and play more than 11 NHL games) would go to 45. Day can turn pro and be assigned to Hartford (thus being counted towards the 50-man) – not sure about Gettinger (who has played four years of Junior to Day’s five).

    As for Andersson and his Swedish contract, I believe he would be cleared to jump to the NHL because the league has contract agreements with all of the Foreign Leagues except the KHL – which is why the Rangers have to wait on Igor Shestyorkin to fulfill his KHL deal.

    Interestingly enough, while Nicklas Jensen signed with Jokerit in Finland, they are a KHL team so he can’t jump back (unless he were released by them or if something were written into his Russian deal). Since the Rangers made him a qualifying offer, they retain his NHL rights. It would not surprise me to see the Rangers wade into the shallow end of free agency for a body or two to add into the fourth line/I-95, I-91 battle.

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  60. Carp
    Lol

    Dave
    That is also a reason I think the rangers need to see what they have in graves at the NHL level. See what and where cap $$$$ may need to go to at the LD position.

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  61. Carp, you could put a chihuahua on skates and teach it to stand up on the blueline in this league and some GM out there would sign it to a 7 year deal worth 5.5 per. Kevin Weekes would probably tweet out that it was a steal.

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  62. Brooks in 3 days ” The Post has learned that the Rangers may want to consider a small dog that can stand up on the blueline on a long term contract. But keep in mind that for every 1 year of age, a dog ages 7 years.”

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  63. James, if that chihuahua has an adjusted 5×5 corsi of 53 or better, he’s WORTH EVERY EFFING PENNY.

    Agreed re: Graves, Wick. Unless Graves is having an especially weak showing in Hartford, they need to work him into a game or two, here and there. Something tells me Staal might benefit from the occasional rest.

    It all depends on camp – if guys like Pionk and Graves aren’t showing the staff anything, it’s hard to justify. But if we can break camp with Pionk as #7 (assuming a top-6 of McD Shat Sjkei Smith Staal and DeAngelo, Holden long jettisoned for a Lemieux-level 21-year old center), then you can occasionally spell Staal, move Smith left for a game, and get Pionk some looks. And on a longer homestand, you can certainly call up Graves from time to time.

    And we may not even need to have a plan to do that – the chances of our blueline being 6-deep healthy are close to nill. Graves and Pionk will get some looks.

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  64. Much like offensive linemen in football, it’s hard to know the value of a defenseman because there are no effective ways to measure performance.

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  65. Saw as much out of Jensen as I did with Puemple, which is not much. Goodbye. Have fun. Why not ask Puemple to join you?

    What little I know about Sean Day I wouldn’t be surprised to see him given a shot. It sounds to me that he was viewed as having exceptional talent and had a bump in the road. If he’s right in the head he could be in the mix or at least sent to Hartford for a while to see if he can make the jump.

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  66. 12/29/16 @ ARI
    M. Puempel: 3 G, 5 S, 3 PPG, 1 GWG, 1 Mike Smith tantrum

    The problem with Puempel is that I don’t attend enough Ranger games.

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  67. Jensen was 2nd in AHL goal scoring last season with 32; 6’3″ 215 lbs – deserved a look for top 9 as Pumps is now The forward depth.
    4th liner should be added this summer.

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  68. Tom wanna talk signs? I was on the highway today pondering the free agents left and passed a big rig that said “Pouliot” too bad he signed already

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  69. SN-Agree on the need for a 4th liner. I’m sure Gorton wanted to be as flexible as possible for Zibinijad’s contract and a potential trade for a center, but if there’s no trade coming, going to need to find someone.

    James- I can’t remember how much he signed for, but I think Poulliot would have been a great pickup. Let us know if you see “Bozak” or “Kadri” or anything else on that highway.

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  70. Good morning Boneheads welcome to “The Bad Lands of Summer” My question this morning, and I sure it has been aksed before, is this, How long is a lifetime?

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