“I’ve told [the Rangers] that I want to stay and I want to keep it simple,” Moore said. “My agent [Larry Kelly] has been in touch with them, but as of now there hasn’t been any negotiating.
“This is where I want to be, but if nothing is done by next week, I have to do the right thing and see what else might be there.”
…i guess we’ll find out how much Moore really wants to be in New York once we hear what kind of contract he’s looking for. If the 34-year old Moore is willing to take a one-year deal at close to $2 million then I think he’ll be back, but if he’s looking for a multi-year deal at the same dollar amount, I’m not sure Sather would be willing to play ball.
…the perfect scenario would be to have Moore back for one season to not only continue his vital role on the fourth line, but also act as a mentor to prospect Oscar Lindberg, who, while having more offensive upside than Moore, will be counted on as a solid defender and faceoff man for the Rangers hopefully starting this season.
…the good teams know when to cut bait with older players, while at the same time incorporating youth into the line-up. If the Rangers aren’t able to re-sign Boyle, getting Moore back on board for another year to split face-off duty with Lindberg on the fourth line alongside Dorsett would a very nice scenario.
Adam has a great piece on whether the Rangers should retain or release Moore, which you can read here.