9:30AM: Trouba’s contract is expected to come in at around $7.8 million per season, according to Larry Brooks.
8:30AM: With the Rangers signing of Artemi Panarin they have around $8.7 million in cap space with RFAs Pavel Buchnevich, Brendan Lemieux, Jacob Trouba and Tony DeAngelo still left to sign.
Current Rangers that are slated to be UFA after the 2019-20 season are:
- Chris Kreider ($4.625 million)
- Vlad Namestnikov ($4 million)
- Matt Beleskey ($1.9 million)
- Jesper Fast ($1.85 million)
Rangers that have their contracts expire in two seasons include Kevin Shattenkirk ($6.65 million), Marc Staal ($5.7 million), Brendan Smith ($4.35 million), Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5 million).
Adam Rotter: All we know for sure about what the Rangers will do next is that Jacob Trouba is getting a long-term deal. That is it. We assume that Brendan Lemieux is going to be signed, same for Tony DeAngelo and Pavel Buchnevich but for that to happen the Rangers need to open up some cap space. The most likely move to clear out some cap space sees Chris Kreider’s tenure with the Rangers ending. I think that the Rangers would prefer to keep Kreider but it’s hard to see them giving him seven-years at around $7 million after signing Panarin. Vlad Namestnikov is definitely going to draw interest as a top-nine forward. The return for Namestnikov won’t be as much as the return for Kreider but the biggest asset the Rangers would get out of that deal would be the cap space.