New York Rangers Day One Of Free Agency

Rangers Free Agency Day

The highly anticipated July 13th is here and many moves in the NHL have been made. With many question marks in the roster, the Rangers have started to make many moves. The Rangers brought some talent in, moved some out, let some walk, and still are undecided on others. Do not be fooled though, although it may seem a little strange with certain moves being made at the moment, remember, “In Drury we trust”.

Today is the first day of free agency, but you can expect many trades to be made by GM, Chris Drury. Drury has made one move today already. With the likes of J.T. Miller, Samuel Girard, and Patrick Kane, rumored to be on the trade block, the Rangers are in for one hell of a summer.

The Departed Rangers

Ryan Strome is no longer a New York Ranger. While it is not official, with the signing of Vincent Trocheck, Strome is pretty much gone. Strome (29), is a UFA for the first time in his career. Strome is set to sign in the 6,000,000-7,500,000 dollar range, a price tag too high for the Rangers. Ryan Strome is a player highly carried by Artemi Panarin. Now that Strome is going elsewhere you can expect his play to decline, not as bad as the Pre-Rangers form, but not the player he was in New York.

Andrew Copp, is officially a Detroit Red Wing. Copp (28), was a deadline acquisition this year and a hopeful to sign long-term. The Rangers could not retain one of the best utility players in the NHL in Copp.

Frank Vatrano, walked in free agency to the Ducks. The Rangers other big deadline trade worked out well in his time here. Sadly he commanded too much money to stay in NY. Although he played great in his time here, with RFA’s like Kaapo Kakko and possibly making another big splash, the Rangers just did not have the money.

The Traded Rangers

Patrik Nemeth is finally gone. Nemeth (30), was not the worst player, but with a cap hit of 2,500,000, he needed to go. Chris Drury moved him to Arizona with two second-round picks for a prospect. With Nemeth gone a spot opens up for the bottom pairing D spot, which will most likely go to Zac Jones.

Alexandar Georgiev, was traded to the Avalanche, but truly deserves the world from Rangers fans. Coming to NY at 21, in 2017 and doing everything asked of him, while never complaining and never getting a real shot at being a starter for the Rangers, Alexandar Georgiev, embodied everything being a Ranger is. From his play on the ice to his true professionalism on and off the ice to his fan interactions at Rangers events and in the streets, speaking from first-hand experience AG, was great for us and with his time ending, he will be missed.

2022 Rangers Free Agent Signings

Vincent Trocheck is officially a New York Ranger. Undoubtedly an upgrade from Ryan Strome and at a much smaller cap hit at just around 5.5 million and 7 years. This term is tough, but you get a player who is better on both ends and can do a better job carrying his own line. This gives Gallant the flexibility to move Panarin to the first line.

Jaroslav Halak is now a New York Ranger. The veteran netminder, brought in at 1,500,000 is now your Rangers backup goalie. One of the longer-tenured goalies in the NHL the 37-year-old will bring some great leadership to the Rangers. Halak is not the best goalie out there, when a guy like Ilya Samsonov, signed for 200,000 more in Toronto, this signing hurts a bit. It is definitely not the worst deal though.

Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko is one of the most interesting players to watch this offseason. Kakko has not signed yet and it is expected for him to sign a small bridge deal. Even if Kakko signs a bridge deal he still may be traded. With a disgruntled J.T. Miller, a Sam Girard who may be moved for cap space, and a Patrick Kane who may be sold as the Blackhawks enter a rebuild, Kaapo Kakko is the centerpiece in any possible future trades. Not living up to his 2nd overall pick potential yet, it may be time to move on. However you feel about Kakko, the fact that he has trade value doesn’t change. Whatever happens, “In Drury we trust”.

The End Of Day 1

As day one comes to an end, the Rangers had a good day. No horrible contracts were handed out today. Patrik Nemeth was traded without being retained. Kaapo Kakko still has no contract, but that is not to worry about. Coming to the end of day one, the Rangers are in a good spot. They still have some money to spend and a long summer ahead of us, so for now all we can do is wait.

 

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