Staten Island, N.Y. - Early Wednesday morning, the New York Rangers announced that they have come to terms with Restricted Free Agent, Carl Hagelin. It had been rumored that Hagelin may have been trade bait so they could sign key RFA’s Ryan McDonagh (signed) & Derek Stepan. Since we learned this morning that he signed, trading is no longer an option for the 24 year old Swede.
His contract is for 2 years and worth $4.5 mil. He will get $2.1 mil in year 1 and $2.4 in his second year. The AAV for his deal is $2.25 per.
What does this mean for Stepan, Zuccarello, Falk?
According to Cap Geek the Rangers still have $4.3 million left in CAP Space to sign Stepan, Falk, & Zuccarello. BUT as long as Asham and Powe start the season in the AHL it will save the Rangers about another $1.8 mil. Leaving them with about $6.1 mil to work with. Although it will be hard to sign all 3 with that much remaining I still believe that General Manager Glen Sather has something up his sleeve. After all he did make 3 minor moves AND sent down Asham and Powe. The Rangers also have too many Forwards under contract and are +1 in the Center Dept. Rumor has been the Rangers may move Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt or Michael Del Zotto. It also seems a deal is on the horizon because of the Falk acquisition. After all if they didn’t plan on signing him why would they trade for him?
Today is the last day to file for Arbitration and it is expected that Mats Zuccarello & Justin Falk will file. The next key RFA the Rangers will likely lock up will be their number 1 center, Derek Stepan. Expect him to get somewhere in the $5 million range. And I guess we have to wait to see if they decide to move anyone by trading.