May 9, 2019
New York Rangers
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>KakkoForMauriceRichardAward</b></div><div>Dude, Claesson sucked for us last season and we have Miller, Rykov and Hajek coming up! Play one of the kids!
Fast can be resigned, if you don't make a few mistakes here: Strome is worth 4 mil MAX, if he wants 4,5 mil or more, then trade him for a pick or two and sign a cheaper for the PK. Also, Hank will likely retire so you can just put his whole contract on LTIR. If not, terminate his deal altogether. With that, Fast can be easily resigned... 3 years, 2,75 mil AAV.
Lemieux is worth slightly more than that, I'd argue that he'll get paid 3 years at 1,75 mil per.
Lias is a tough one. If he wants to come back ans try to become a good bottom six defensive forward he's more than welcomed to, however it's likely we move him in a package deal.</div></div>
If Hajek, Miller or Rykov are NHL ready- I would certainly play them over Claesson ...my point here was not to endorse Claesson- but to sign him or another cheap LD option to keep roster filled- and avoid playing Staal- until the young guys are ready....don't want to rush any of them- I believe Hajek was close to (if not ) the worst statistical Dman before he got hurt this year...and Rykov is supposedly behind him.
As far as Hank's retirement- correct me if I am wrong- but I believe even if he retires the team is hit with 3M cap recapture...in any case- I do like Fast- but RW gets pretty crowded- with Krav hopefully coming up....something has to give- and unfortunately I see that as Fast going.
Lemiuex has had a rough season since his injury- I belirve enough to suppress what they will pay...but I wont argue too much 1.25 vs 1.75M....do think he has a place on this team going forward for the $ both of us are talking.
Lias- good chance he will never see NY in a Ranger jersey...I would just like to see him get another shot. He will never live up to what we want a #7 pick to be...but there is still a lot of value in him as an ultra competitive bottom 6 grinder- a puck hound who other players hate to play against. As far as moving him- I feel he has such little value right now that it would be a better situation to sit on him (or how about give another chance?) rather than trade him at bottom value- only to see him emerge as a valuable mid 6 presence on another team.