NY Rangers Rumors: Latest Free-Agent Updates and Trade Chatter

Franklin SteeleAnalyst IIJuly 1, 2014

New York Rangers' Martin St. Louis, center, celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Montreal Canadiens, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in New York. The Rangers defeated the Canadiens in overtime 3-2. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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The Rangers have been active in the first few days of free agency, both signing and losing several players. New York will have a very different look than they did during their run to the Stanley Cup Final last month. 

The Rangers signed a key defenseman in Dan Boyle and added depth forward Tanner Glass and defensemen Mike Kostka and Matt Hunwick. They were also able to re-sign center Dominic Moore. 

Meanwhile, the Rangers lost forwards Benoit Pouliot, Brad Richards and Brian Boyle and defenseman Anton Stralman.

Here's a look at the New York Rangers' moves thus far in free agency, beginning with the most recent.


Update, July 1, 5:33 p.m. ET by Brad Kurtzberg

Brian Boyle the latest former Rangers player to sign elsewhere. The big fourth-line forward signs a three-year, $6.9 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Update: July 1, 4:48 p.m. ET by Brad Kurtzberg

Former Rangers forward Brad Richards signs a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Contract worth $2 million. Rangers used compliance buyout on Richards last month.

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Update: July 1, 4:18 p.m. by Brad Kurtzberg

The Rangers add some more depth on defense as they sign Matt Hunwick to a one-year deal worth $600,000. It's a one-way contract. Last year, Hunwick played one game for the Colorado Avalanche and spent the rest of the season in the AHL.

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Update: July 1, 2:36 p.m. by Brad Kurtzberg

Former Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman signs a five-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning worth $22.5 million. The signing of Dan Boyle was essentially the Rangers response to knowing that they wouldn't be able to keep Stralman.

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Update: July 1, 2:16 p.m. by Brad Kurtzberg

Rangers re-sign center Dominic Moore. Moore a 4th liner who was a heart-and-soul kind of player in the locker room and on the ice. Moore will remain on Broadway for two more years.

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Update: July 1, 2:10 p.m. by Brad Kurtzberg

Rangers sign defenseman Mike Kostka. He will be a physical presence and add some blueline depth.

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Update: July 1, 1:54 p.m. ET by Franklin Steele

Rangers add some depth at forward in Glass.

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Update: July 1, 12:55 p.m. ET by Brad Kurtzberg

The Rangers have now signed former San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. It's a two-year deal worth $9 million. Boyle should help the power play even if he is clearly on the decline right now.

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Update: July 1, 12:25 p.m. ET by Brad Kurtzberg

Rangers lose forward Benoit Pouliot, he signs with Edmonton. It's a 5-year deal worth $20 million.

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The New York Rangers are going to have a hard time recreating their run to the Stanley Cup Final from last year in the 2014-15 NHL season. At least that's been the prevalent line of thinking from pundits such as Dan Rosen at NHL.com and Adrian Dater of Bleacher Report/The Denver Post.

Rangers general manager Glen Sather already made the tough choice to buy out Brad Richards and his nine-year, $60 million contract. Capgeek.com estimates that New York has around $23 million to play with moving forward, but only 11 players are under contract for next season.

It's common knowledge that New York is a prime-time destination for big-name free agents. That just might not be in the cards for the Rangers this summer as they scramble to keep unrestricted free agents Benoit Pouliot and Anton Stralman.

Sather's work won't be done once he decides the fate of those two. He also needs to iron out contracts for restricted free agents in Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Justin Falk and John Moore. That's a lot to handle before even beginning to consider adding a mid-range free agent, let alone one of the bigger names on the market.

Fans in the Big Apple are used to being in the running for all of the top players during any given free-agency period, but Sather has a strong core in place and should be doing everything he can to keep it intact. Will he go that road? We'll know within the next few hours.