UPDATE: Pat Pickens reports the Rangers have signed Skjei to an entry-level contract.
Brady Skjei has signed an amateur try-out with the Wolfpack, Steve Zipay reports.
Skjei, 21, just finished his junior year at Minnesota. The Rangers tried to sign Skjei over the summer, and the ATO precludes him from finishing his senior year, so it’s a good bet that he will sign an entry-level contract, likely starting in 2015-16. It’s all coming up aces for the Rangers on Skjei.
In 109 games in his three seasons with the Gophers, Skjei has 8 goals and 19 assists.
Pat Leonard reports on the details of Mats Zuccarello’s now completed four year extension:
Pretty team-friendly deal Zucc gave the Rangers. Very happy to have him at those terms.
Henrik Lundqvist will be unavailable for the Rangers tonight against the Bruins due to an injury. According to Alain Vigneault, he doesn’t have a concussion, but the injury is related to the shot he took to the neck Saturday against the Canes. The Rangers will apparently update the situation later today.
Bob McKenzie says there is “seemingly lots of concern” for his apparent throat injury.
Thanks to A.C. Thomas of War on Ice and the soon to be Capgeek replacement, we now have Marc Staal’s salary breakdown by season.
Staal’s new six-year pact is slightly front-loaded, with 56% of the total contract value coming in the front three years of the deal, when Staal’s full no-movement clause is in effect.
Larry Brooks reported that Marc Staal’s new $34.2 million / 6 year deal [$5.7M per] is all but signed, sealed and delivered. The deal will include a full no-movement clause in the first three years of the deal, and a limited no-movement clause in the latter three.
I’ve made the case in defense of Marc Staal before, but concluded that I don’t know whether or not it would be wise to re-sign him.
Image from Lisa Gansky via Wikimedia Commons
The Rangers have signed Cam Talbot through next season, Larry Brooks reports, at the reasonable price of $1.45 million.
Talbot was eligible to be an unrestricted free agent following this season. Talbot’s career AHL numbers don’t scream NHL success, but in 28 games at the NHL level he’s posted a 0.936 SV%. His 0.921 SV% in a short sample this season is well above my 2014-15 forecast of 0.909.