Rangers Elect Two Year Term on Kreider’s Arbitration Award

Elliotte Friedman reports the Rangers have elected a two-year award for Kreider for his Wednesday arbitration hearing. As Kreider initiated the arbitration process, the Rangers get to determine if the award is a one-year or two-year award.

What they don’t get to control is the annual average salary. The team has submitted a $2.05M AAV for Kreider, who has submitted $2.8 million. The arbitrator can decide on any value, and is not bound to one of those two figures.

With only $750,000 separating the two sides, one would have to think the smart money is on a deal in advance of his Wednesday hearing. The Rangers haven’t had a player go through with his arbitration hearing since Nikolai Zherdev in 2009. In fact, there has been no arbitration hearings in the entire NHL since the summer of 2011.

Larry Brooks Knows Nothing of Stempniak

Noted hockey talent evaluator Larry weighed in on recent Ranger signings Matthew Lombardi and Lee Stempniak:

But these additions of marginal NHL players doesn’t say a lot for the organization’s confidence in the readiness of kids in the organization such as J.T. Miller, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Haggerty and maybe even Jesper Fast to nail down spots with the varsity, much less be difference-makers.

Seriously. Would Stempniak — who scored for the Penguins in Game 1 against the Rangers, then went pointless in the next six matches of the second round while bouncing all over the lineup — or Lombardi — who was in Switzerland last year and hasn’t had a productive NHL season since 2009-10 — have made a difference against L.A.?

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Blue Corner Radio: July 21st, 2014

Tomorrow night at 8:30, we’ll be doing our second broadcast of The Blue Corner Radio. We’ll discuss last week’s signings of Matthew Lombardi and Lee Stempniak and Zachary will jump on to discuss his findings after tracking a year of Dan Boyle’s work on the powerplay.

Give it a listen if you’re not totally uncool.

Season in Review: Mats Zuccarello

Photo from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

After playing just 67 games over parts of 3 seasons with the Rangers, Mats Zuccarello signed a modest 1 year, $1.15 million deal last summer to stay in New York. The small Norwegian forward had shown flashes of his offensive potential prior to this season, but had yet to cement himself as a consistent NHL player.  Read more

Report: Rangers Sign Stempniak

Photo from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Former NHLer Brad May reports the Rangers have signed Lee Stempniak to a one-year deal. Darren Dreger reports the two sides are “closing in”.

I discussed why the former Dartmouth winger (and old linemate of Hugh Jessiman) would be a solid addition yesterday.

Stempniak represents the 48th contract commitment for the Rangers in 2014-15.

Watching a Year of Dan Boyle on the Power Play

Photo from Ivan Makarov via Wikimedia Commons

Photo from Ivan Makarov via Wikimedia Commons

After the Rangers signed Dan Boyle on July 1st, I thought it was as good a time as ever to do my first tracking project. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks working my way through every Sharks power play from the 13/14 season, focusing in on Boyle and tracking events like zone entries, zone exits, offensive zone touches, set up passes, shot attempts, among others.

It’s no secret that most of Dan Boyle’s appeal is his power play prowess, having quarterbacked a number of elite units in San Jose and Tampa Bay. That said, he has entered the decline phase of his career, likely due to his advanced age and the concussion he sustained last October.

Jared has already postulated that the perception of Dan Boyle’s decline is overblown and perhaps the fault of a dip in the Sharks’ shooting percentage on the power play, while noting that his shot-based metrics were as strong as ever in 13/14. This contradiction is a reason why I thought going to the video and generating the data that comes as a result of this project would be helpful in determining if Boyle still has enough juice to improve a Rangers’ power play that suffered through an 0-36 drought during the playoffs and is losing Brad Richards.

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