The Rangers' 2010-11 salary cap situation

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New York Rangers GM Glen Sather can often be a walking punchline. He gave superstar contracts to decidedly normal players such as Bobby Holik and Chris Drury. Few will forget the draft blunder that was Hugh Jessiman.

Still, there might be some faint signs of competence in the last year of so. After somehow tricking the Canadiens to trade for Scott Gomez’s awful contract, I wasn’t crazy about his signing of Marian Gaborik. He is working out at the moment, but the extremely injury prone sniper could end up being a $37.5 million mistake. When healthy, though, Gaborik is a significant upgrade over the Alaskan playmaker Gomez. In a stunning second beneficial trade, Sather traded for Olli Jokinen’s contract (which will open up $5.25 million when the Finn’s contract expires).

Long story short, the team’s situation is slightly improved but still murky. Let’s take a quick snapshot of the team’s 2010-11 cap scenario.

The Rangers’ 2010-11 cap commitments (some amounts rounded up for simplicity)

Forwards (8 of 12 needed): Gaborik ($7.5 million); Drury (7.05); Callahan (2.3); Avery (1.94); Dubinsky (1.85); Voros (1); Anisimov (822k); Boyle (525k)

Defense (4 of 6): Redden (6.5); Rosival (5); Gilroy (1.75); Del Zotto (1.09)

Goalies: (1 of 2): Lundqvist (6.88)

Cap space: about $12.82 million

Follow the jump for some analysis of the Rangers’ cap situation.


The number one priority for the Rangers’ off-season has to be re-signing Marc Staal. After looking over some stat comparisons at Dobber Hockey, Staal is the team’s defensive time on ice leader, one of its main penalty killers and continues to improve offensively (23 points so far) despite getting very little time on the PP.

So how much can Staal get? Your guess is as good as mine. Let’s say Staal’s cap hit works out to $4 million. That would give the Rangers about $8 million to allocate to one goalie, one defenseman and four forwards. Unless they manage to get rid of Redden, Rosival and/or Drury, the best the Rangers can hope for is a mid-range forward.

Like I said, the Rangers must depend heavily upon young, cheap players with all the dead weight on their roster. Things are still a bit bleak for MSG’s favorite hockey team, but at least things are better than they were last year.

Video: The Stars had six skaters on the ice and still didn’t cover Tarasenko on breakaway goal

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Vladimir Tarasenko can be elusive to the opposition at five-on-five. Apparently that also applies to when the opposition has six skaters on the ice and their goalie still in the crease.

Tarasenko opened the scoring for the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 on Thursday, sneaking in behind the Stars defense for a breakaway goal on Kari Lehtonen. The Stars, by the way, had six skaters on the ice as the puck was turned over in the St. Louis zone.

Despite Dallas clearly having too many skaters, the play wasn’t blown down and Tarasenko found himself in the one-on-one situation. He made no mistake.

(Here’s a screen grab of the turnover inside the St. Louis end, leading to the breakaway. Six Dallas skaters.)

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WATCH LIVE: Sharks at Predators – Game 4

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) and center Colin Wilson, right, celebrate after Weber scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau is at left. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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The Nashville Predators have a chance before the home crowd to even up their second-round series with the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. You can catch Game 4 between these teams on CNBC (9 p.m. ET) or the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

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Here are some links to check out for this game:

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Gerard Gallant, Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz named finalists for Jack Adams Award

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The list of finalists for the Jack Adams Award has been released. Gerard Gallant (Florida Panthers), Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars) and Barry Trotz (Washington Capitals) are the three nominees for the award, which goes to the head coach that “contributed the most to his team’s success.”

The winners will be announced June 22 during the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Gallant was behind the bench for a Panthers team that included an interesting blend of youth (Aaron Ekblad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trocheck and Aleksander Barkov) and experience (Jaromir Jagr and Roberto Luongo), locked into a franchise-record 12-game winning streak and took the Atlantic Division with a 47-26-9 record — another new standard for the franchise. The Panthers’ season ended with an opening-round playoff loss to the New York Islanders.

After missing the playoffs last season, Ruff coached the Stars to top spot in the Western Conference standings with a 50-23-9 record and a team that includes top-end talent from the likes of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza and John Klingberg, playing a game of speed and skill. The Stars led the league in goals for (265) and goals-for per game (3.23).

Trotz, in his second season in Washington, helped the Capitals to a Presidents’ Trophy for the 2015-16 regular season, besting the second-best team, the Stars, by 11 points. The Capitals finished the season with a record of 56-18-8, setting them up as Stanley Cup contenders when the playoffs began last month. Armed with 50-goal scorer Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals also finished second in the league in goals for (248).

This is Gallant’s first nomination for the award. Ruff and Trotz are each three-time award finalists, with Ruff winning in 2006, as per NHL.com.

Last season’s winner, Bob Hartley, was fired by the Calgary Flames earlier this week. He’s not the first Jack Adams Award winner to be dismissed from his job the following year.

WATCH LIVE: Stars at Blues – Game 4

St. Louis Blues center Kyle Brodziak, right, fights with Dallas Stars left wing Curtis McKenzie in the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Stars, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
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The St. Louis Blues can move to within one win of the Western Conference final with a victory on home ice at Scottrade Center tonight. The Dallas Stars will be hoping to send this series back to Texas all even. You can catch Game 4 between these teams on NBCSN (8 p.m. ET) or the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

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Here are some links to check out for this game:

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