The Rangers had quite the number of free agents to contend with this offseason after a scintillating run to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1994.
New York has dealt with all but one: John Moore. The 23-year-old defenseman is still without a contract, but the Blueshirts don’t seem to be worried as Assistant GM Jeff Gorton told USA Today recently in an interview the club is ‘pretty sure’ Moore will be signed before training camp opens.
“We like John a lot, just trying to get him signed,” Gorton said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll get him signed, and get him ready to go. He’s a good player for us; he’s been a good fit for us, he’s a great kid, and we like his upside.”
Moore has accepted the team’s $850K qualifying offer and, without arbitration rights, has very little leverage to work with. Of course, sitting out training camp in the hopes of squeezing more money out of New York is an option, albeit not a wise one.
The Rangers open their training camp on Thursday, September 18.
– We all know how this ends with Glen Sather making the final call: he’ll get John Moore to sign a two-year deal at a cap-friendly number around the $850K qualifying offer.
– I doubt this stretches into training camp, IMO. Getting Moore signed was never high on the Rangers priorities this summer and I’m sure Moore’s camp was aware of that.
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