Summer Update

In the midst of a summer of business-side change and some fairly significant player movement in the organization, here’s an update on what’s new with the players who spent time with the Whale last year whose statuses with the organization were uncertain, due to expiring contracts or other circumstances.  My sources for the salary and most of the transaction information are capgeek.com and eliteprospects.com:

Jon Audy-Marchessault– signed three-year Entry Level contract with Columbus for Entry Level maximum of $925,000 per

Lee Baldwin – did not receive qualifying offer, unrestricted free agent

Brendan Bell – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned

Stu Bickel – re-signed, to two-year, one-way contract

Francois Bouchard – did not receive qualifying offer, unrestricted free agent

Andre Deveaux – signed one-year, two-way contract with Florida

Tim Erixon – traded to Columbus in Rick Nash deal

Marek Hrivik – signed three-year Entry Level contract with Rangers

Chad Johnson – signed one-year, two-way contract with Phoenix

Sam Klassen – did not receive qualifying offer, unrestricted free agent

Randy McNaught – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned

John Mitchell – signed two-year, one-way contract with Colorado for $1.1 million per

Steve Moses – signed with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-Liiga

Kris Newbury – re-signed, to two-year, two-way conract

Jared Nightingale – signed AHL contract with Syracuse

Jordan Owens – signed with SoenderjyskE club of Denmark

Jeff Prough – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned

Cam Talbot– re-signed, to one-year, two-way contract

Cam Talbot

Scott Tanski – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned

Kelsey Tessier – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned

Andreas Thuresson – signed with Brynas of Swedish Elite League

Pavel Valentenko – signed with Avangard Omsk of Russia’s KHL

Mike Vernace – re-signed, to one-year, two-way contract

Casey Wellman – traded to Florida for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick

Mats Zuccarello – received qualifying offer from Rangers, who retain his NHL rights, but signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of Russia’s KHL.

And here are some significant organizational additions who may see some, or a lot, of time with the Whale this coming season:

Sean Collins (D) – free agent signed to one-year, two-way contract…sixth-year pro was a Calder Cup champ with Hershey in 2010 and led the AHL in +/- in 2010-11, with a +29.

Steven Delisle (D) – 6-6, 209-pounder was acquired from Columbus in Rick Nash deal…spent most of rookie year in ECHL last season.

Jesper Fast (F) – sixth-round 2010 Ranger pick, signed to three-year Entry Level contract after two years in Swedish Elite League.

Micheal Haley (Chris Rutsch)

Micheal Haley (F) – free agent signed to a two-year contract, which is a two-way in the first year and a one-way in the second…pound-for-pound, for my money, one of the tougher guys in the league, and made himself into a pretty effective offensive player in four years with Bridgeport, earning 43 total games with the Islanders.

Kyle Jean (F) – 6-4, 203 pounds, signed to a two-year Entry Level deal out of Lake Superior State, where he played two seasons.

Oscar Lindberg (F) – 20-year-old Swede, a second-round pick by Phoenix in 2010, was acquired from the Coyotes for Ethan Werek in May 2011…signed a three-year Entry Level contract in June.

Logan Pyett (D) – free agent signed to one-year, two-way contract…led Grand Rapids D-men in assists last year with 25.

Brandon Segal (F) – free agent signed to one-year, two-way contract…tenth-year pro, just won his second career Calder Cup with Norfolk.

Scott Stajcer (G) – 2009 Ranger fifth-rounder is out of Junior eligibility after an overage year with Owen Sound of the OHL…signed to a two-year Entry Level contract

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5 Responses to “Summer Update”

  1. Read: Michael Haley Is One Tough Customer | SNY Rangers Blog Says:

    [...] Crawford of the Connecticut Whale looks at some of the moves that the organization has made this summer and on Michael Haley writes [...]

  2. chris Says:

    its been a good cupple of months since ive seen a new blog. cant wait for the schedules to come out go whale.

  3. chris Says:

    yo bob. although i dont want a lockout to happen this season. if one does who from the rangers who although found a permanate spot on the rangers roster would be eligible to come down.

    • Crawford's Corner Says:

      Chris, not sure how that might work this time around. If I remember correctly, during the lockout season of 2004-05, teams could send any player to the AHL who was not on a one-way contract, but whether or not to assign a player was at the NHL club’s discretion. I imagine that it would be handled similarly if there is a lockout this year, but I am not sure.

  4. chris Says:

    oh ok. well eaither way i can safely say i dont want a lockout. but will see

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