The Rangers and Derick Brassard avoid arbitration by agreeing to terms on a five-year, $25 million deal.
Brassard, 26, set a new career-high in goals (18) and finished the season fourth on the Rangers with 45 points in 81 games last year. In his first full season with New York, Brassard had one of his best seasons and cashed in big-time inking a $5 million dollar per year contract. He had a strong postseason as well, posting 12 points (6G / 6A) in the Rangers Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Expect Brassard to take another step forward as he looks to land a top-6 role and post his first 50-plus point season.
The Rangers signed Chris Kreider to a two-year deal worth $4.95 million.
With John Tortorella out, Kreider, 23 got a real shot to make an impact last season. The speedy winger registered 17 goals and 20 assists (37 points) and a plus-14 rating in 66 games in his first full NHL season. He will likely play on the top line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash again this season, which makes him a 25-goal candidate this season.
The Rangers have signed restricted free-agent to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
Zuccarello, 26, showed that he is more than just a shootout specialist in 2013-14. He recorded 19 goals and 40 assists (59 points) in 77 games--which led the Rangers. He was a part of New York's best line last season, playing most of the year with Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot, but now Pouliot wears Blue and Orange, so Zuccarello will have to get acclimated with at least one new linemate this season.
The Rangers signed Lee Stempniak to a one-year, $900K deal.
Stempniak, 31, had 12 goals and 22 assists (34 points) in 73 games between the Flames and Penguins last season. He provides the Rangers with depth at right wing, but likely won't play a big enough role to have a fantasy impact in 2014-15.
The Rangers signed Matthew Lombardi to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.
After spending nine seasons in the NHL, the 32-year-old Lombardi played with Geneve of National League A (Switzerland) league last year. He had 20 goals and 30 assists (50 points) in 46 games, but has had just 12 goals and 14 assists in his last 90 NHL games.
The Rangers signed Cedrick Desjardins to a two-year contract worth $1.2 million.
Desjardins made just one start for the Lightning last season, but he was 9-18-4 with a 2.81 GAA and .900 SV% with Syracuse (AHL). He will likely find himself with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) to start next season.
The Rangers have re-signed Dominic Moore to a two-year deal worth $3 million.
Moore had six goals and 12 assists (18 points) in 73 games with the Rangers last season. He was a very valuable piece to the Rangers Stanley Cup push and the 2014 Bill Masterton Trophy winner will be a key member of their bottom six this upcoming season.
The Rangers have signed Mike Kostka to a one-year deal worth $650K.
Kostka had four goals and seven assists (11 points) with a plus-10 rating in 28 games with the Lightning and Blackhawks last season. He will fight for playing time as the sixth or seventh defenseman in New York.
The Rangers have inked Dan Boyle to a two-year deal worth $9 million.
Boyle, 37, reportedly turned down more money to go play in New York. There is no doubting his offence, he scored 12 goals with 24 assists (38 points) in 75 games last season, but it is his work in his own end that has come into question. He will likely get paired with Marc Staal, a D-partner that will help cover up his regressing defensive play.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 15 shots in the 3-0 loss in game three. The loss put the Rangers on the brink of elimination and gives the Kings four chances to win one game for the Stanley Cup. Lundqvist has a .922 SV% this postseason, but has struggled in the Finals, posting an .892 through the first three games.
Lundqvist will be in goal for the Rangers in game three.
Lundqvist allowed five goals on 44 shots in the Rangers' 5-4 double overtime loss to the Kings in game two. He has made 79 saves on 87 shots (.908 SV%) through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers have blown a two goal lead in both games which makes the 2-0 series deficit all the more frustrating for New York. They head back to Madison Square Garden where Lundqvist is 6-4 this postseason.
The Islanders acquired the negotiating rights to Dan Boyle in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick on Thursday.
The 37-year-old Boyle is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Sharks had already announced that they will not re-sign Boyle and will end up receiving a fourth-round pick should Boyle sign with the Islanders before next season. Boyle earned just under $7 million with the Sharks this season. He led the club's defencemen with 36 points and 12 goals in 75 games and added four assists in San Jose's first-round, seven-game playoff loss to Los Angeles.