When the NHL capped team’s yearly salary way back in 2005-06, it limited the extent the Rangers could use their financial might as an advantage over other teams.
This off-season, however, the Rangers have utilized this advantage to improve an area of their organization: their AHL team.
The last two seasons, the Rangers’ top affiliate has missed the AHL playoffs. That means no playoff games for the organization’s pro-level youth outside of the NHL.
To address this, the Rangers added AHL star Chris Bourque, as well as very good AHL players Steven Kampfer and Cedrick Desjardins to two-way contracts that will pay them a high salary at the AHL level. They also signed Chris Mueller, top-six forward for the AHL Champs Texas Stars, to a one-way contract. Matt Hunwick and Mike Kostka were also signed to one-way contracts, though it’s probable at least one of them will start the season with the big club.
Here’s a look at how that group’s AHL salaries have increased since their last contract:
It may seem minor, but it’s a good idea to have a culture of winning breeding at all levels of the organization. The dollars the Rangers spent to shore up their AHL affiliate won’t go to waste.