There’s been a little news surrounding the Rangers recently, and even a couple signings. But the team is in the dog days of summer, so news will definitely be a little bit slower and of less quantity. I hate the offseason.
Logan Pyett- No this isn’t a typo for Taylor Pyatt, the Rangers have signed Logan Pyett who played the last 4 seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. The contract is one year in length, and carries a cap hit of $600,000.
Pyett is signed to a two way contract, and there’s very little chance he makes it up with the big club. He appears to be a decent depth signing for the Whale who lost some of their players this offseason. Most recently the Whale lost Andre Devaux.
Brendan Morrow- Morrow’s name has been going through the rumor mill for about a year now, and it’s certainly plausible he can be moved this summer. He had a poor season in limited action last year, but is one year removed from a 30 goal season. The rumor is the Stars are looking for a package similar to the one they got for Mike Ribeiro. That trade involved Cody Eakin and a second round pick.
Personally I think a move for Morrow could be a low risk high reward kind of deal. The Rangers should definitely have Morrow as a plan B kind of option if they strike out on the bigger named guys via trade.
Part of me though says Morrow won’t be traded because the Dallas Stars need to hit the cap floor, and Morrow’s $4.1 million dollar cap hit helps them do that.
Jeff Halpern- If you didn’t know already, the Rangers inked Jeff Halpern to a one year deal worth $700,000 dollars. There are some “conspiracy theorists” out there though who have made this out to be some kind prelude to a trade involving a big name guy. These conspiracy buffs think Halpern will fill in whatever the role was of the Ranger player going away in the trade.
To me that’s just foolish and extremely short sighted. The Rangers didn’t sign a guy on the wrong side of 35 to take the role of say, Artem Anisimov. Halpern wouldn’t be able to play Anisimov’s role (think round peg in a square hole). Halpern is a depth signing and can slot into the bottom six nicely either in a full time role, or in case of injury.
Brad Richards and ESPN “The Body Issue”- So Brad Richards posed for ESPN in the nude for their latest bod issue. Richards has basically been in the spotlight since he came to New York from day one and this certainly adds to that attention. I’m sure Sean Avery is very proud of his friend and former teammate.