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Rangers May Try To Open Second Buyout Period In August
Plus Kreider staying in school, Dubinsky trade rumors

The NY Post’s Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers will likely offer salary arbitration to one of their restricted free agents so that the team can open a second buyout period later this summer.  Reports earlier this week indicated that Chris Drury is a goner when the spring buyout period begins on June 15th, but there have been conflicting reports about Wojtek Wolski’s future with the team.  Jesse Spector said that Wolski is likely on the way out as well while Brooks maintains that Wolski will be retained. 

The guess here is that the Blueshirts will buy out Drury and then wait to see what happens in free agency, on the trade market, and with Christian Thomas this summer.  If Thomas is deemed ready and the Rangers are able to add a significant offensive piece or two, Wolski might be dispatched during the possible second buyout period later this summer.  If Thomas seems like he needs another year in juniors and the Rangers aren’t able to add Brad Richards or another big piece, Wolski might be kept for the final year of his contract as New York hopes he’ll provide secondary offense.

Whichever restricted free agent is offered arbitration - probably Mike Sauer or Brian Boyle - might not be too pleased about the delay of payday, but for the Rangers this is strictly smart business.  It will give them the opportunity to delay an important decision after seeing how the early part of the summer plays out. 

Arbitration was a likely solution for a couple of the RFAs anyway, but there’s obviously added incentive with the buyout clause.

- Brooks also reports that Chris Kreider has told the Rangers he’ll stay at Boston College for another year.  There have been continuous reports this offseason that Kreider didn’t feel ready for the NHL and intended to remain at BC, so this should come as no surprise.  However, many felt that the Rangers would push really hard to get Kreider signed at the post-draft prospect camp.  Kreider is obviously standing firm with his decision.

- Hockey Independent founder BD Gallof reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs have offered a first-round pick, a player, and a prospect for the rights to RFA Brandon Dubinsky.  Gallof believes the Rangers are more interested in trying to sign Dubi, but the Leafs are on the hunt for offense.  Gallof goes on to say that the Rangers are looking to add players that can help now as opposed to more picks and prospects, so the rumor makes little sense. 

I can’t see the Blueshirts parting with Dubi unless his contract demands are really unreasonable.  If that offer by Toronto is real, it’s certainly significant, but still probably not enough to sway NY.  Dubinsky is really the only left winger currently on the Rangers’ roster with a future in New York, so chalk this up as nothing more than internet chatter for now.



Posted by Kevin Baumer | June 13, 2011 at 12:38 am

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