In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers have:
- Not found any interest in a trade for Kevin Shattenkirk unless it saw them take an “onerous” contract back in return
- “No interest at all” in Brendan Smith
- Not been able to find a team willing to take on Vlad Namestnikov‘s cap hit of $4 million
- Not begun any extension talk with pending UFA Chris Kreider
Brooks adds that right now there is “no smoke” about a potential trade of Kreider and that with so many teams dealing with cap issues no one is “quite banging down the door” for the Rangers forward. (NY Post)
He also writes that both Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Lemieux may have to play next season on one-year deals close to their qualifying offers in the $900,000 range. (NY Post)
Both players would be eligible for arbitration next summer if they were to sign one-year deals.
The Rangers will have a second buyout window following the resolution of the Trouba and Buchnevich’s contract situations.
The potential buyout cap hits for certain Rangers are:
- 2019-20: Smith $970,3833 | Shattenkirk $1.483 million | Namestnikov $1.333 million | Staal $2.9 million
- 2020-21: Smith $3.145 million | Shattenkirk $6.083 million | Namestnikov $1.333 million | Staal $3.7 million
- 2021-22: Smith $1.45 million | Shattenkirk $1.433 million | Staal $1.2 million
- 2022-23: Smith $1.45 million | Shattenkirk $1.433 million | Staal $1.2 million
Adam Rotter: The Rangers are one of, maybe, 26-27 teams, in the position of needing to sign players but not really having the cap space to do it until other moves are made. Arbitration hearings will start to break through the deadlock as teams teams will either sign deals or have an arbitrator award them.
I think Kevin Shattenkirk is staying with the Rangers and that he may get a chance at the start of the season, likely with Adam Fox in Hartford, to build up his value. No one is really going to want to see Shattenkirk get ice time over Fox or Tony DeAngelo but it’s a distinct possibility that the Rangers start next season with that situation. A buyout of Shattenkirk just doesn’t make sense and only pushes some of the cap issues for this year into next year. Maybe the Rangers are okay with that and will deal with next year, next year. Brendan Smith is more likely to be bought out though as the cap charges aren’t as high.
Even though his buyout would cost less on the cap than either Shattenkirk or Brendan Smith, I don’t think the Rangers are going to buy out Marc Staal.