Rangers Roundup: Staal stays, “Bad Day”, Holden on hold, and more

RANGERS ROUND UP

Here’s the latest on the Blueshirts!

Staal Stays

As per the CBA, the 2nd buyout window triggers if a player files for arbitration. That begins 3 days from that date and lasts 48 hours. Since there isn’t some official clock to follow it appears that Marc Staal is not being bought out. The window opened on Friday and should be closed today.

Whatever discussions the team might have been having were probably quickly killed with the prospect of 8 years of dead cap space. That was also highlighted with monster hits of 4.7M, 5.7M, and 6.7M over the next seasons when you add in Girardi’s hit.

Sean has a bad Day

The WJSS opened up yesterday and Sweden’s Lias Andersson got the better of Day’s USA in game 1. With just 9 ticks on the clock, Sweden scored to break the 3-3 tie and take the game off an awful turnover by Sean Day.

Holden on Hold

Holden scores the game winner in OT (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Rangers are overstocked on the blue line and are actively shopping Nick Holden. By choosing not to buyout Marc Staal, a trade involving Holden for Toronto’s Tyler Bozak now seems unlikely due to limited cap space.

This likely will put the Rangers in a holding pattern and wait for the preseason to begin. Many teams will likely want to see how some of their blue line prospects fair before making a deal.

Quest for a Center

That likely means that this could be the Rangers roster heading into camp. It certainly doesn’t mean it will the roster competing for a Stanley Cup in April.

While interest in Tyler Bozak likely still remains, a lot of the chatter appears to have cooled down significantly not that the Rangers have re-signed Zibanejad and opted to keep Staal (for now).

2 comments

  • If a trade for a top line center with Colorado for Duchene cant be worked out , the Rangers should either
    – commit to making Miller their third line center , trading Holden for draft choices ( salary dump ) and picking up free agent Vanek as a scoring / PP specialist right wing OR
    – pick up Caps free agent ( C ) Winick to center the 3rd or 4th line , for one year or until Boo Nieves or Lias Anderson are NHL READY , while trading Holden for draft choices ( salary dump )

    • Matt Duchene? I find it funny how a big portion of the Ranger fan base killed Stepan for his salary and point production, yet want the Rangers to go after Duchene. They have been a carbon copy of each other production wise and salary wise! Since 2010, Step’s rookie yr, Duchene has 363 pts while Step has 360. Rangers received a high end defensive prospect and the 7th overall for Step,

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