Jeff Gorton

19 Jun 19
LILLIE ROSS

AP Published 3:04 a.m. ET June 19, 2019 CLOSEMatt Niskanen wasn’t totally shocked when the Washington Capitals traded him to Philadelphia last week.One look at their salary cap picture explained it.”I know what kind of situation Washington was in, so I knew there was a possibility,” he said.General managers say there is more trade chatter…

19 Jun 19
The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

Matt Niskanen wasn’t totally shocked when the Washington Capitals traded him to Philadelphia last week. One look at their salary cap picture explained it. “I know what kind of situation Washington was in, so I knew there was a possibility,” he said. General managers say there is more trade chatter now than at any time […]

19 Jun 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

FILE – In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) skates with the puck during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins,in Washington. The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Matt Niskanen from the Washington Capitals for defenseman Radko Gudas. This […]

19 Jun 19
The Prospect Park

Alright I am no fan of Jeff Gorton but I have to give him his rightful due. The New York Rangers general manager has not made a single pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft but he has already won this years draft for the Rangers. Give Gorton a standing ovation for turning the 20th […]

19 Jun 19
WE THE PEOPLE SPORTS

Jacob Trouba is a New York Ranger, the rebuild is over.

19 Jun 19
Sport Archives

The New York Rangers will not care about the decision of who to select with the No. 2 choice in the 2019 NHL Draft. Not when the New Jersey devils will make their choice for them. Center Jack Hughes and the right wing Kaapo Kakko are the projected top two players in the design at […]

19 Jun 19
The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

Erik Karlsson had no wanderlust to test the free agent market before re-signing in San Jose. “I never thought outside that box,” Karlsson said. “I’m happy that it didn’t get to that.” A handful of other teams aren’t so happy because the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman would have been the best unrestricted free agent available. […]

18 Jun 19
The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

Jacob Trouba’s decision against signing a long-term deal with the Winnipeg Jets was well-documented. Less so was his primary reason why. Trouba revealed that his fiancee’s aspirations to become a doctor played a role in his desire to play in the United States. On Monday, he was traded to the New York Rangers . On […]

18 Jun 19
Max Greenberg Sports

It was announced yesterday that the Jets traded star defenseman Jacob Trouba to the Rangers for a 1st round pick in this year’s draft (the 20th overall pick, not the 2nd) and defenseman Neal Pionk.  The 25 year old American born blue liner had a career high 50 total points last season, and now is […]

18 Jun 19
Welcome

Erik Karlsson had no wanderlust to test the free agent market before re-signing in San Jose. “I never thought outside that box,” Karlsson said. “I’m happy that it didn’t get to that.” A handful of other teams aren’t so happy because the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman would have been the best unrestricted free agent available. […]

18 Jun 19
FOREVER BLUESHIRTS

Trouba down, Panarin to go.

18 Jun 19
Sheerin's Thoughts

Man, what a fun night yesterday was. The New York Rangers acquired for Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick. First, I would like to thank Neal for trying his hardest in his short time here. He wasn’t put in the best position to succeed by the coaching […]

18 Jun 19
Sport Archives

It was a life decision because it was a hockey decision, and the Rangers were the beneficiary – and they could be for a long time. Blueshirts defended Jacob Trouba, 25 years old, trading with the Jets as they moved softly from general manager Jeff Gorton on Monday night who was defended by defendant Neal […]

18 Jun 19
The Denver Post
Erik Karlsson had no wanderlust to test the free agent market before re-signing in San Jose. “I never thought outside that box,” Karlsson said. “I’m happy that it didn’t get to that.” A handful of other teams aren’t so happy because the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman would have been the best unrestricted free agent available. Karlsson signing a $92 million, eight-year contract with the Sharks is the first big domino to fall since St. Louis won the Stanley Cup because of all the ramifications it could have on the NHL offseason. With Karlsson off the board, any team looking for a No. 1 defenseman has to either hope veteran Alexander Edler doesn’t re-sign with the Canucks and win that bidding war or go the trade route. Salary-cap concerns for San Jose, Washington and a handful of other Cup contenders could open the door to some significant player movement even before free agency starts July 1. “I think there’s been more conversation, more communication between the GMs in the last month than maybe ever since I’ve been a GM,” San Jose’s Doug Wilson said Monday. “There’s so much competition, especially for the high-end player. … There’s a lot of things going on.” Already the Capitals have cleared cap space by trading defenseman Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia for Radko Gudas and used some of it to re-sign winger Carl Hagelin, the Islanders re-signed forward Brock Nelson and Jordan Eberle, the Flyers acquired the rights to pending free agent Kevin Hayes from the Jets and the Rangers traded for Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba. The trade talk is just heating up ahead of the draft Friday and Saturday in Vancouver. Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin or Kris Letang and Nashville’s P.K. Subban are among the high-profile players who could be on the move. “There’s a lot of talk,” Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said. “There’s a lot of different names out there. There’s a lot of different ways to improve your team.” Many of those moves will set the table for free agency, where Columbus winger Artemi Panarin, center Matt Duchene and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky are the top three players available. Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner, Dallas winger Mats Zuccarello, Islanders winger Anders Lee, Sharks forward Joe Pavelski, Bruins winger Marcus Johansson and Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland are among the other possibilities. The salary cap is expected to increase by $3.5 million to roughly $83 million, and money will be spent. “It’s a pretty good class this year,” Colorado GM Joe Sakic said. “(We) already have targeted players in mind if they become available that we’ll want to talk to about joining our club. We see positions of need, of what we’re looking to do. There’s a few guys we’re going to want to talk to if they become available. We’ll be more aggressive this year with that, but if it doesn’t work out with the players we want to talk to, we’re not just going to go spend on anybody.” Sakic’s Avalanche have the most projected cap space in the league with $36 million, according to PuckPedia. The Flyers and rival New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Islanders will also have cap space to burn and a need for an elite defenseman or two. “They’re not easy to find,” Philadelphia GM Chuck Fletcher said. “Certainly, if we can find a guy that can play in our top four that we’d have the ability to acquire, we’ll certainly look at it.” Karlsson was linked to the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and it took less than a day for the first direct response to him re-signing with the Sharks. The Lightning on Tuesday re-signed veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn to a $3.4 million, two-year deal — cap space they likely would have needed for Karlsson if he was available. BUT FIRST, THE DRAFT: New Jersey is widely expected to select American center Jack Hughes first overall, leaving Finnish winger Kaappo Kakko for the Rangers. “Obviously one team’s going to indicate to us exactly how it might go for the rest of the draft,” Gorton said. “I think we’re in a good spot. We know that we’re going to get a really good player no matter what happens to us.” Chicago picks third and will get a nice boost to aid its turnaround after missing the playoffs the past two seasons. BITE OUT OF SHARKS: Committing $11.5 million a year to Karlsson cuts significantly into San Jose’s offseason maneuvering with Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Gustav Nyquist and Joonas Donskoi set to be unrestricted free agents and emerging star Timo Meier needing a new contract as a restricted free agent. “Under a cap system, choices and decisions need to be made,” Wilson said, not ruling out bringing back Pavelski and others. “I don’t think anybody should rush to conclusions on anything. There’s many ways to accomplish different things.” RUSSIAN PACKAGE DEAL: Panarin and Bobrovsky played together with the Blue Jackets for two seasons and are hitting free agency at the same time. When Panarin switched agents to be represented by Bobrovsky’s agent, Paul Theofanus, it raised eyebrows that the Russian countrymen might want to go to the same team. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] With some creative roster work, the Florida Panthers could be the ideal landing spot for Panarin and Bobrovsky and go from close to the playoffs to real contenders. CAPITALS CONCERNS: Even though Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals are no longer reigning Cup champions, Hagelin insisted he wouldn’t have signed an $11 million, four-year contract with them if he didn’t think they could win it again over that time. To do so, GM Brian MacLellan will have to navigate a difficult cap situation around pending free agent winger Brett Connolly and restricted free agent Andre Burakovsky and knowing deals with center Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby expire next summer. “I hope (Connolly and Burakovsky are) still here,” Hagelein said. “But at the end of the day, Conno, he’s a UFA so it’s up to him what he wants. You understand if a guy tests the market to see what’s out there. But I hope both of those guys come back.” AP Sports Writers Pat Graham and Josh Dubow contributed to this report.