Saturday, June 25, 2011

All RFA's Qualified Except Gilroy; Rangers Could Delay Signings to Save Cap Space

Following the completion of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, GM Glen Sather met with the media to discuss the team’s future as well as the decision to trade Evgeny Grachev.  In terms of the current roster, Sather informed the media that Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Artem Anisimov and Michael Sauer were given their qualifying offers for next season. 
The only restricted free agent that was not qualified by the Rangers was defenseman Matt Gilroy who would have required a $2.1 million offer to retain his rights.  In not receiving a qualifying offer Matt Gilroy becomes an unrestricted free agent.  The Rangers did offer to bring Gilroy back at a reduced salary, but he apparently rejected the offer and is going to test the market on July 1.
The news on the restricted free agents is exactly what was expected both in who did and who did not get extended the necessary qualifying offers to retain them.
Per Jesse Spector Sather also told the media that the team could wait to sign the RFA’s to actual contracts in order to save room under the salary cap as they begin free agency.  This is a clear signal that Sather is fully intending on spending large money come next Friday and Brad Richards is the clear target to receive that money.
The updated Grachev news can be found here.