Author Archives: @HockeyStatMiner

A Shrinking Salary Cap Could Force Rangers’ Hand

There are a lot of things that go into a trade, especially at this point in the season as the trade deadline approaches. “Is my team a buyer or a seller?” “How much should I charge to part ways with an asset, or how much should I pay to rent that one?” “Am I a trade or two away from Stalney Cup contention?” It goes on and on. But there’s another important aspect to these deals that I would like to examine in particular: future salary cap consideration.
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NYR 2016 Trade Tinkerings Part One: Rental Forwards

After yet another defeat against the red-hot Florida Panthers last night, all of the citizens in Rangerstown must admit: this team needs adjustments. For whatever reason, the roster so relatively similar to last season’s President’s Trophy winners has fallen oh so far from its former self. The December slump has now officially extended into the fresh soil of 2016. The inherent problems plaguing this team have revealed themselves to be less-than-temporary. The success enjoyed in October & November has almost completely evaporated, as Broadway is now pushed to the very cusp of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
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Two Months Until NHL Trade Deadline: NY Rangers Edition

The New York Rangers currently have approximately $1.45 million in available salary cap space as of right now, with that figure (all else equal) projecting to hit a little over $3.55 million on the trade deadline.

One thing to keep in mind is that a simple trade can spark immeasurable consequences, for better or worse, when it comes to an NHL club. Specifically, when it comes to this team and discussing possible remedies, I’m reminded of the 2006-07 Rangers.
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Three Rental Forwards the NY Rangers Could Be Interested In

I can’t quite recall a team to stand so prominently in the standings at Thanksgiving, yet have the hockey community so legitimately raise concern as to the team’s sustainability in its winning ways. So while it might seem contentious to post an article poking around ideas for improving the team boasting a 16-3-2 record… there’s merit.
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Keith Yandle and Core Concerns for Rangers as we look ahead to the NHL Trade Deadline

Miller and Fast (19) (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Miller and Fast (19) (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

It is exactly 100 days until the NHL trade deadline (February 29th, 2016). For some, like Anze Kopitar or Steve Stamkos, it could very well represent a 100-day ultimatum countdown to extend their respective contracts, or be moved. Because, while July is a long, long time away: we’ve continually seen players traded in February for concerns pertinent to the following off-season. Just ask the 2007 Buffalo Sabres about that (Danny Briere & Chris Drury walked for nothing).
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Despite 10-2-2 Start; NY Rangers’ Toughest Tests Have Yet To Come…

In this article, I will be using the stat “Standings Points Percentage” [SP%] as my go-to reference. To clarify: SP% refers to the amount of standings points an NHL team has accrued versus the maximum amount of standings point that could possibly be won. A team 10-0-0 has a SP% of 100%, a 7-2-1 has a SP% of 75%, a 5-5-0 team has a SP of 50%, and so forth.
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