23-Man Roster a Luxury Cap-Conscious Rangers Can’t Afford

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The NHL allows for a maximum of 23 players on an NHL roster, meaning a maximum allotment of 2 spares outside of the 18 skaters and 2 goalies that dress every game. However, as teams are required to carry the cap-hit of any player on their NHL roster, that’s a luxury the Rangers cannot, and should make no attempt to, afford.

The Rangers should be able to field a 21-man roster with approximately $1.3 million of cap space, even giving John Moore a generous raise:

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Rangers Buy Four of Brassard’s UFA Years

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The Rangers and Derick Brassard agreed to a $25 million / 5 year deal [$5M per] a day in advance of his arbitration hearing. With the deal, the Rangers buy four years of Brassard’s unrestricted free agent eligibility.

Pat Leonard reports on the contract structure:

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Big Season Ahead for J.T. Miller

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The upcoming season is a big one for J.T. Miller. The Rangers are reportedly expecting big things from the 21 year old this season.

Miller has 12 points in 60 career NHL games, numbers that don’t exactly scream top-nine forward at the NHL level. But there’s reason to believe those numbers don’t fully give him the offensive credit he deserves. In his two seasons at the NHL level, the Rangers had on ice save percentages of 5.37% and 3.61%–startlingly low figures. When the pucks don’t go in, they don’t award points.

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Rangers and Brassard Submit Arbitration Asks

The Rangers and Derick Brassard have submitted their requests for Monday’s salary arbitration hearing, reports Elliotte Friedman.

Brassard is asking for $4.95 million, while the Rangers have asked for $3.825 million for the one-year award.

Brassard, who can be a UFA after the 2014-15 season, is reportedly looking for more than $5 million per on a multi-year contract. Losing Brassard after this season with the Rangers’ center depth as it is, would be a tough pill to swallow, but going long-term above $5 million per isn’t a great solution either. It might be wise to negotiate a two or three year deal which buys one or two UFA years. If they value his RFA season at, say, $4.3 million and his UFA years at $4.9 million, that would mean a cap hit of $4.6 million for a two-year deal and $4.7 million on a three-year term.

Brassard Presents Tricky Situation for Rangers

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With Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello settling before their arbitration hearings, Derick Brassard is the lone Rangers still with a hearing on the schedule.

Larry Brooks reports that Derick Brassard would likely get a contract with a cap hit between $5.2 and $5.6 million if he goes long-term, or alternatively around $4.5 million on a one-year award from Monday’s arbitration hearing.

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Rangers, Kreider Avoid Arbitration

The Rangers and Chris Kreider settled just prior to their scheduled arbitration hearing, agreeing on a two-year deal with a cap-hit of 2.475 million.

Kreider will have two seasons after this two year deal before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency.

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