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John Tortorella sure doesn’t seem committed to bringing Chris Drury back for the final year of the captain’s contract, though the Rangers coach acknowledges he does not have the final say on personnel matters. Drury has a no-move clause in his contract, but can be bought out in the second half of June. If the Rangers go that route, they would have $3,716,667 in dead cap space next year, as opposed to Drury’s $7.05 million charge. The Rangers would also be hit with a $1,666,667 cap charge on the buyout in 2012-13. “That’s a conversation [the front office] is going to have the next couple of months,” Tortorella said. “It’s something honestly you have to ask, where does he fit now, because we are going young.”
On the other side of the ledger, how terribly disappointing is Tomas Kaberle? Not only has he been unable to help the dreadful B’s power play (0-for-15), but he’s just frightening with his defensive-zone coverages, battling and decision-making. He saw the ice less and less as Saturday’s game got more and more nerve-wracking, with 15:25 (21 shifts) in regulation, and just 5:45 in the 29:03 of OT.
In regard of my recent post about the teams investing heavily vs the one with cheaper goalie, i forgot to explain the Reason Why the teams having cheaply signed goaltender have more success.
so here is the explanation.
I calculated what is the performance difference you get in average to paid a premium for a #01 goalie. (see note)
The process of building the Rangers so they aren’t left bringing knives to a gunfight, the way they were in this playoff confrontation with the Capitals, will continue with John Tortorella behind the bench, The Post has learned.Sources have told The Post that Tortorella’s contract, originally due to expire after this season, was extended a couple of months ago.Garden and Rangers executives cited policy in declining comment, but it is believed that the extension will cover the next three seasons. Tortorella, who was hired on Feb. 23, 2009, has taken the Rangers to the playoffs twice in three years, but his teams have gone out in the first round both times, and both times to the Capitals.
Shortly after the NHL lockout ended five years ago, the Detroit Red Wings general manager concluded that, in the salary-cap world, investing huge dollars in goaltending was counter-productive. The best way to build a champion, he believed, was to identify your core group, commit your payroll there, then find a serviceable goalie at a lower price.