BY: Bruce Berlet
The New York Rangers’ Summer of Success continued Thursday on several fronts.
The Rangers again averted often contentious salary arbitration, and this time it was with former Hartford Wolf Pack forward Brandon Dubinsky, their leading scorer last season.
Before a scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto, Dubinsky signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract, leaving former Wolf Pack linemate Ryan Callahan as the only restricted free agent still to be signed. The Rangers hope to get a deal done with one of their alternate captains and expected successor to bought-out Trumbull native Chris Drury as captain before his scheduled arbitration hearing next Thursday.
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Tagged Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Drury, Connecticut Whalers, Dale Weise, Michael Sauer, National Hockey League, New York Post, New York Rangers, NHL, Ryan Callahan, Stu Bickel
The Growth of the Salary Cap
The NHL Collective-Bargaining Agreement that was ratified after the 2004-2005 lockout ended an entire NHL season included a salary cap with a maximum cap of $39 million on a team, and $7.8 million on a single player. Today, just one season before the current CBA expires the NHLs max cap has grown over $25 million to $64.3 million. In fact the 2011-2012 lower limit of $48.3 million is $9.3 million more than the inaugural years maximum cap.
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Tagged Brad Richards, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ilya Kovalchuk, National Hockey League, New Jersey Devils, New York Post, NHL, NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, Salary Cap, Vincent Lecavalier
BY: Bruce Berlet
The run of Trumbull native Chris Drury as center and captain of the New York Rangers is over.
The Rangers bought out the final year of Drury’s five-year, $35.25-million contract on Wednesday, making one of the world’s all-time great winner an unrestricted free agent after he decided against applying for a medical exception because of a left-knee condition.
The buyout will open considerable salary-cap savings for the Rangers to re-sign free agents such as Brian Boyle and former Hartford Wolf Pack forwards Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov and be active in the free-agent market that starts Friday, especially in the pursuit of Dallas Stars center Brad Richards, the No. 1 target of president and general manager Glen Sather.
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Tagged 1989 World Series, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Boyle, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Drury, Dallas Stars, Hobey Baker Award, Larry Brooks, Little League World Series, National Hockey League, New York Post, New York Ranger, New York Rangers, Ryan McDonagh
BY: Bruce Berlet
Trumbull native Chris Drury’s time as New York Rangers center and captain is on the verge of ending.
Multiple sources have told the New York Post that Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather has informed Drury that he will be bought out of the final year of the five-year, $32.05 million contract he signed as a free agent on July 1, 2007. The same day the Rangers signed center Scott Gomez to a seven-year, $51.5 million contract, but he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on June 30, 2009 in a deal that included defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko, who started last season with the Connecticut Whale.
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By: Bruce Berlet
Talk about being way off base.
Larry Brooks, longtime New York Rangers beat writer for the New York Post, rightfully took George Laraque to task in his column Sunday for saying the NHL team somehow turned their back on Derek Boogaard in his time of need.
Laraque told NHL HOME ICE on SiriusXM Radio that the Rangers handled Boogaard poorly and criticized coach John Tortorella for his feelings about the left wing/enforcer.
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Larry Brooks has stated the following on his Twitter account, “Indication is that (Alex) Frolov is going to be out for a while with knee. Another recall will be necessary.”
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According to Larry Brooks in his Twitter account and theahl.com Corey Potter is on his way to New York as “precaution against injury…and not as a first step in a deal for (Sheldon) Souray.”
Potter is not expected to play. He also has just come back from a concussion that kept him sidelined for nine games. He had three assists in the Pack’s 5-1 wipeout of Norfolk Saturday night.
Here’s the official release:
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Corey Potter has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Potter, 26, tied his AHL career-high with three assists, and registered a plus-three rating in a 5-1 win at Norfolk on Saturday. He has skated in 43 games with Hartford this season, registering two goals and 10 assists for 12 points, along with a plus-six rating and 44 penalty minutes. His plus-six rating is tied for second on the team overall, and he ranks third among team defensemen in assists, and is tied for third in points and fourth in goals. Potter also ranks fourth among Hartford defensemen with 68 shots on net this season. He has recorded three multi-point efforts, including back-to-back two-point performances in a 5-2 win vs. Lowell on October 24 (one goal and one assist) and a 4-3 win vs. Worcester on October 25 (two assists). Potter’s goal vs. Lowell on October 24 was his first career shorthanded tally.
The 6-3, 206-pounder recorded one goal and one assist in five games with the Rangers last season. He recorded his first career point with an assist in his second NHL game on December 27, 2008 vs. New Jersey, and notched his first NHL goal on April 2, 2009 at Carolina. He made his NHL debut on December 7, 2008 vs. Calgary.
Potter has skated in 220 career AHL games with Hartford, registering 19 goals and 67 assists for 86 points, along with a plus-52 rating and 249 penalty minutes. He established a career-high with 10 goals and 141 shots on goal, and tied his career-high with 32 points last season. In 2007-08, Potter recorded a career-best 27 assists and a plus-33 rating, which led Hartford and ranked second in the AHL overall. In addition, he has skated in 18 career post-season contests with the Wolf Pack, registering two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 42 penalty minutes.
The Lansing, Michigan native was originally the Rangers fourth round selection, 122nd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
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