Thursday, July 14, 2011
No News Is Good News?
Not a lot of news to pass along from the Rangers, or any other team in the NHL for that matter. The Rangers made their big splash on July 2nd and now it seems like all that's left to do is work on re-signing restricted free agents Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky before their arbitration hearings. After those three are re-signed I suspect Glen Sather will make some depth signings and bring in some veterans that he can stash away in the AHL as insurance for injuries and such over the long haul of the season.
Depending on how much cap space is left after Boyle, Callahan and Dubinsky sign, I also think there's a distinct possiblity Sather could go out and sign a veteran d-man to fit that 6th/7th role as insurance in case the Rangers feel Del Zotto or Erixon need some more AHL seasoning. At the very least, expect to see some tryout signings as we get closer to the opening of training camp of vets like Garnet Exelby and Alex Semenov, who were brought in the previous two seasons as long shots to win roster spots.
Brian Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky both visited the Rangers Youth Hockey Camp earlier this week and gave interviews over at NewYorkRangers.com, and both guys certainly sound like they expect to be back (and why wouldn't they?). Right now, I think it's just a matter of playing the waiting game until the Rangers officially re-sign their remaining RFAs.