Brassard’s payout is actually very front loaded. $7m yr 1, $6m yr 2, $5m yr3, $3.5m yrs 4 & 5.
Speculation is that money from Marty St. Louis’ contract (which ends after the 14-15 season) will be used towards Zuccarello’s long term which will be signed after 1/1/15 as per NHL rules, and Chris Kreider will assume the money Dan Boyle uses up in cap space once their 2 years are up.
John Moore is still waiting to be signed, he is not eligible for arbitration, so he will either take whatever NYR gives him, or he will not play hockey this season.
The Rangers have nearly $4m in cap space open for signings, presumably to be taken up by Oscar Lindberg or Jesper Fast, and JT Miller. These 3 will be in serious competition for a spot on this years opening roster.
New York Rangers added Dan Boyle and Tanner Glass as for sure “big club” signings.
Dominic Moore was re-signed to a 2 year, $3m deal.
They also added Mike Kostka, Chris Mueller and Cedric Desjardins. Kostka and Mueller may see some time on Broadway as depth players. Desjardins is a goalie, who was a necessary signing with the Rangers letting one of two AHL goalies go to free agency.
Brian Boyle (3y/$6m) and Anton Stralman (5y/$22.5m) both landed in Tampa Bay, joining former captain Ryan Callahan. Brian Boyle was looking for a bigger role beyond 4th line and PK, and Anton Stralman for stability for his family. Florida also has no income tax, which means a lower price tag in the end.
Brad Richards landed in Chicago on a 1 year, $2m deal.
Benoit Pouliot landed in Edmonton with a 5 year, $20m deal.
And not to be forgotten, Stu Bickel was picked up in free agency by his home state team, the Minnesota Wild, with a one year, two-way contract.
Still to be tackled are multiple RFAs in Zucc, Brass, Kreids and J Moore. We can’t really put a for sure time line on when there will be action with these contracts as there is a chance for arbitration, but I’m sure at least Kreider will get a 2 year bridge in the next few days.
Word was going around that Zucc was seeking 4 years, $20mil from NYR. I’m sure the term will be no problem, but money may end up being a bit of an issue. We shall see how Sather spins this.
Remember, this isn’t doomsday. AV wants to infuse youth into the line up. We still have 99 98 days until show time.