Rangers shouldn’t wait to re-sign next summer’s UFAs, an update on Alex Pietrangelo’s contract talks, a profile of Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis, the latest on Chad LaRose, Mike Knuble and Matt Carkner, and more.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks calls upon NY Rangers management not to waste time re-signing next summer’s unrestricted free agents, which includes goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. Brooks speculates it could cost between $8.5-$9.5 million per season on a seven- or eight-year deal to re-sign Lundqvist, $5.6 million per season for seven or eight years or $6.2 million per for six seasons for Callahan , and perhaps five years at $5.4 million per for Girardi, based on contracts signed by some comparable players around the league this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Worse, if the Rangers wait too long, the asking prices could significantly increase, depending upon how much other clubs re-sign comparable UFAs between now and next summer.
If the salary cap for next season rises back to $70.3 million, that’ll give them over $43 million cap space, more than enough to re-sign the trio.
The bad news? The Rangers currently have over $27 million invested in just six players next season. Assuming it costs around $20 million to re-sign those three, that cap space shrinks significantly, with Derrick Brassard and Michael Del Zotto among the remainder to be re-signed.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports there’s nothing new to report in Alex Pietrangelo’s contract negotiations with the St. Louis Blues. GM Doug Armstrong maintains he’s unconcerned over the pace of negotiations, noting six weeks remains until the start of training camp. It’s believed the Pietrangelo camp seeks around $7 million per season, while the Blues are believed unwilling to go over $6 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rutherford also noted Pietrangelo is represented by Newport Sports Management, who also represent Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly, who staged contract holdouts last season. While a breakthrough is possible over the next six weeks, Blues fans should prepare for the possibility this could drag into September or possibly October.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons profiles Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis, whose moves this off-season has been met with mixed reaction from Leafs fans.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chad LaRose’s NHL career appears to be ending as quietly as it began.
MLIVE.COM: Long-time NHL veteran forward Mike Knuble acknowledges he could be facing the end of his playing career.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: NY Islander and former Senator Matt Carkner is hoping this coming season will be healthier than his last two.
CTV NEWS: Vancouver hockey fans are finding ticket prices for the Heritage Classic game between the Canucks and Ottawa Senators more expensive than expected. “Tickets for the annual outdoor game, which will take place at the 55,000-seat BC Place, range from almost $100 to more than $300.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, they’re expensive, but they’re charging what they believe the market will bear.
NATIONAL POST: The cost of building an NHL-ready arena in Markham is generating opposition among some local officials.