New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens Game 6 Eastern Conference Playoffs

Rangers Talking With Moore; Penguins Interested in Pouliot

A day after reporting that the Rangers aren’t going to pay to keep Dominic Moore, the New York Post’s Larry Brooks now says the Blueshirts are currently in talks to retain the veteran center iceman.

Brooks noted that Moore is looking for a three-year contract in the $1.6 million to $1.85 million per season range.

…oh Larry, I think you might need to get beat up at the bus stop for these shenanigans.

…to the actual report, if true, I’m definitely excited. With Moore’s initial demand being three years and the Rangers likely looking for one, a nice two-year, $1.75M deal would be perfect.

Meanwhile, Brooks adds that the Penguins are expected to go hard after Beniot Pouliot.

…perfect. Put Pouliot on a line with Malkin who will never pass him the puck turning the French Canadian winger back into the pumpkin he was before signing with the Rangers.

…if Pouliot ends up spurning the Rangers for a bigger pay day, one name I continually hear Blueshirt fans point to as a replacement is Mason Raymond. The Maple Leaf UFA had similar production to Pouliot last season (19g, 26a) and is very familiar with Alain Vigneault after playing under him for six years in Vancouver. The one negative on Raymond is that his possession stats (even in Vancouver) have never been very impressive (below 49% Corsi the last two seasons), whereas, even before coming to the Rangers, Pouliot was a very a good puck possession player. So just sticking the 28-year old winger on a line with Brassard and Zuccarello doesn’t guarantee production or chemistry. However, Sather should be able to get Raymond fairly cheap as he’s coming off just a one-year, $1M contract in Toronto. I’m thinking two-years, $2.5M per?

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