The day all Blueshirts fans have been waiting for has arrived. July 1 begins NHL free agency. Who will the New York Rangers target?
The New York Rangers started the rebuild of the defense by adding physical defenseman Brendan Smith back into the fold. Smith, who was steady from his acquisition all through the playoffs, inked a 4 year deal with $4.35 million per year. Did Gorton make the right move? Here what Greg and Derek have to say on this week’s episode.
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The Blueshirts still have yet to sign pending restrictive free agents Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast. All indications show that they will both be a top priority to return to Madison Square Garden. Does the Real Talk Rangers crew believe the extension will be handed out sooner, rather than later?
As free agency looms on the horizon who will the New York Rangers and GM Jeff Gordon target?
The void at Goaltender, with Antti Raanta being traded to Arizona, needs to be filled immediately. The two top targets, Keith Kinkaid and Mike Condon, have already been signed by their respective teams. Who will Gorton go after now? Could Anders Nilsson be the next back-up to Henrik Lundqvist?
Who will fill the gaping hole that Derek Stepan left behind? Many think Joe Thornton or Nick Bonino could take the job. Does Nick Bonino qualify as a second line center? Find out where the boys differ on that topic.
The final and most compelling aspect of free agency revolves around who the New York Rangers will sign on defense. Can the Rangers afford to overpay for Shattenkirk? Will Shattenkirk take a “Hometown” discount? Derek discusses which NHL defenseman are better options than Shattenkirk.
This podcast will be a fun one to go back and compare our analysis to what actually happened on Saturday. The rumors and speculation are all over the map right now. Stay tuned for the after free agency podcast where we rip on each other about how wrong we were. Should be a good one.