According to Larry Brooks, who is credible but unreliable, the Rangers will offer a “multi-year deal well below” his qualifying offer, which is about 2.1 million. The Rangers must offer that 2.1 million to retain his rights in the offseason. In doing so, the Rangers would have the ability to match any contract that another team offers Gilroy, and would receive draft pick compensation if they chose not to match. The Rangers would also gain the right to go to arbitration with Gilroy. If the Rangers do offer a contract with an annual cap hit below the 2.1 million, then Gilroy has the ability to refuse that and become an unrestricted free agent. The muti-year deal sounds reasonable for both sides. Gilroy has shown signs of potential and has had some quality games, but at the same time has not been nearly consistent enough to earn a salary of 2.1 million per year. I’m sure a lot will depend on exactly how much the Rangers do offer, but I can’t imagine Gilroy would be able to get much more from any other team. Getting a solid salary, having the security of a multi-year contract, and having the ability to play for a team that is going to be competitive long term. Sounds like a pretty good deal for Gilroy as well as the Rangers. We’ll have to wait until the offseason to see exactly how this unfolds, though.
In other Rangers’ offensive defenseman news, former Ranger Sergei Zubov officially retired from professional hockey today. Apparently he needs hip surgery and it will effectively end his career. Zubov hasn’t been a Ranger for over a decade and wasn’t even in the NHL the past two seasons, instead opting to play in Russia. Still, I think this is pretty relevant. Guys like Leetch, Richter, Messier, Graves, etc. get most of the credit for the 1994 Stanley Cup victory, and of course they’re very deserving, but Zubov’s contributions get undermined. On a team with all of those All-Stars and even a few Hall-Of-Famers, it was Sergei Zubov who led the Rangers in points during the regular season. Not Messier, not Leetch, and not Graves. Zubov was always a guy who flew under the radar. He was a victim of his era, with guys like Lidstrom, Leetch, and Ray Bourque, three of the greatest defensemen of all-time, stealing his thunder. How much could our PP use Zubov right now?