Originally Posted by HordiBrusk29
Nash won't be on the second line....
I recently wrote in the Rangers thread why Sather is doing an excellent job of managing the Cap. We were all disappointed to lose Prust but I understood why? The Rangers are basically a young team and have to worry not only about today but also 2-3 years from now with the salary cap!
Here is a summation that shows that Sather actually saved $25,000 in the Nash deal and is being fiscally prudent!
Rick Nash Trade: Will the Rangers Be Able to Keep Roster Together Long
The biggest negative posed by writers, fans and critics about a potential Rick Nash
trade to the Rangers was cost.
It was assumed that it would either cost the Rangers too much in players to add him, it would eat up salary space enabling the Rangers to resign players or it would become a combination of both.
However, the acquisition of Rick Nash should not have any effect on the Rangers' plans of keeping the roster together long term. It is a flawed notion that adding his massive cap hit would hinder the Rangers from retaining free agents who are due for new contracts at the end of this season
In terms of fit for the Rangers, Nash brings a lot to the table. He is an older more developed version of current rookie sensation Chris Kreider. Nash is a solid skater, possesses a great shot, has size and plays in the dirty areas of the ice.
The biggest plus for adding Rick Nash was the fact that this move actually saved the Rangers $25,000
2012-13 Financials—$13,391,666 in cap space, 20 players signed
At first glance, a $7.8 million cap hit seems daunting—one that should put the Rangers in the red. However, most fans forget that in most trades, a team sheds a significant amount of salary before adding one.
The Rangers dealt Brandon Dubinsky
who made $4.2 million, Artem Anisimov $1.875 million and Tim Erixon, who had a cap hit of $1.75 million.
Erixon wasn't on the Rangers roster, but he likely would have been next year; so in exchange for Nash, the Rangers deal $7,825,000 in salary and gained Nash's $7,800,000. The Rangers theoretically saved cap space in the deal.
If the Rangers didn't make any additional moves this summer and promoted Erixon, they would have been in the same cap situation as they are currently; so this move shouldn't effect any re-signings the team makes going forward.
Summer of 2013 Financials—$20,058,333 in cap space, 15 players signed
,Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan have expiring entry-level contracts at the end of this season. This is not a problem for the Rangers because only Michael Sauer
would be arbitration eligible, and his status is currently up in the air; so you can't commit salary in this scenario.
They are restricted free agents, and they will be protected. The players in question are home-grown kids who are character individuals. They love New York, and it is hard to think that they would ever consider signing an offer sheet.
The group is full of best friends, so they will want to stick together. Glen Sather
has a solid track record retaining RFA's, so this should be a walk in the park for Sather.
is a free agent as well, but he makes minimal money. To sign these three players—Sauer excluded because of injury—the Rangers have over $20 million in cap space
These players will likely sign shorter deals so that they can hit the jackpot during their third contract because that will include the Rangers buying out some UFA years. Ryan McDonagh
and Derek Stepan can expect to make between $3.0 and $4.0 million each based on their production to this point, and for Carl Hagelin, a little less.
Logically, the Rangers would spend around $10-$12 million to lock those three players up, and the remaining $8 to $10 million would roll over to the following season. If you add Sauer to the mix, it still gives the Rangers flexibility.
Nonetheless, the Rick Nash acquisition will not hinder the Rangers from retaining their free agents
Projected Spending: $10-$12 million on three players; $12-$14 on four players.
Summer of 2014 Financials—Approximately $35 million in cap space based on projected 2013 signings
Fans who know very little about the Rangers continue to assume that they act like they did from 1997 to 2003 and that is false and totally inaccurate! Late in 2003, Glen Sather decided to blowup the Rangers roster even dealing long-time legend Brian Leetch to Toronto and said he was gonna start a new blueprint of building a young core group and keeping his draft picks and molding them.
Tom Renney began the process and John Tortorella has embraced it by playing and developing young Rangers. Sather has also made shrewd deals to acquire other teams first round picks
like: Brian Boyle, Ryan McDonagh, and Tim Erixon and used Erixon yesterday in the package for Rick Nash!
Last year the Rangers were the 3rd youngest team in the NHL and they have many drafted prospects in the system that we may see in NY in the next few years!