The Gotham Rangers Mailbag

Questions from the fans

Folks, welcome back to another edition of the Gotham Rangers Mailbag. As always, thanks to everyone who sent questions in.

Let’s get it:

In my mind he has, but there are a couple of factors that go into this. First, it’s going to be term/cost. We haven’t heard any numbers get thrown around yet, but I could imagine something in the 4–6 year range with a cap hit between $4-$5.5 million. That seems to be the norm for a player of Miller’s stature (a guy under the age of 25 coming off a bridge-type deal and who is a year or so away from UFA status). Here are some of the players who fit in that range, using Nazem Kadri’s six-year deal ($4.5 million cap hit) as the comparable, via Cap Friendly:

Miller lines up with almost everyone here in terms of games played (318) and points (159).

This also leads to point number two: what/how do the Rangers view Miller? Do they think he’s an integral part of their top-six? Or a player they can move between their top three lines but not someone they build around? Do they see him as a center or as a winger? Those are questions you or Ican’t answer—although we might be able to say he’s heading towards being a full-time winger—so it makes it extremely difficult to nail down his future. For a player who gets better every year, it’s hard to see them just selling him off. But the Rangers have a lot of tough decisions to make in the next few months. If for some reason both Rick Nash and Michael Grabner sign extensions, it’ll all but signal Miller being traded in the offseason. I’ll say this, though: if he’s traded, the Rangers better be getting a roster player and a prospect.

You are, in fact, not crazy. Marc Staal has been so much better this season. Sure, he played one of his worst games of the year against the Blackhawks last night, but before that he had a strong stretch of games. Him being paired with Brady Skjei might be the best thing that’s happened to him in years. But in all seriousness, it’s good to see Staal playing much better; he’s had a career muddled by terrible injuries, and that makes him a player to root for, even when he’s costing your team playoff games (still not over it).

Honestly, I think we could come close to raising this type of money; Alain Vigneault is hated that much. The problem would be finding a trustworthy soul with no history of being a degenerate gambler to step up and run it. I guess I can bite the bullet and start it up.

We’re at least two-to-three seasons away from seeing our other Young Russian Son, Igor Shestyorkin, coming over to play. I know he has two seasons left on his current KHL contract, so once that’s up, bringing him over will be a priority for the Rangers. As for the context, I think the hope is that Hank declines enough so the transition is seamless, but with the way Hank’s played lately, there are no signs of that. Obviously a lot can change in two years, but as of now it’s tough to imagine Shestyorkin coming over and being handed the keys to the castle.

Neither because FUCK THE SEC. I won’t be watching more than 10 minutes of this game, but if I had to pick, I’m taking Nick Saban -3.5. He dominates his former assistants, especially on the big stage, and this should be no different.

This is going to be a popular question, and I’ll be 100% honest: I have no freaking idea. So many teams are technically still in the playoff hunt, so there are no clear-cut guys on the table right now. If the Rangers don’t sell—which they should—I could see them going after a center. There aren’t a ton on the market currently, but if their teams fall out of playoff contention, maybe Joe Thornton, Derick Brassard or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? Given Peter Chiarelli’s trade history, I’d be here for that.

I’ve gotten to see more of Chytil than Andersson, but I’ve been impressed by both. Chytil’s got some unbelievable hands, and his vision is ridiculous.

It’s important to remember with him that he JUST turned 18 on September 5th. He’s going to fill into that 6' 2", 192 pound body soon, and that’s going to be scary…. for everyone who has to play him. It’ll also help him from getting the shit kicked out of him, which has happened all tournament so far:

Andersson, whose second in the tournament with five goals, has looked great as well. He’s an extremely smart player who always knows where to be, and he’s looked awesome on Sweden’s deadly first power-play unit:

Andersson’s been playing in between two high-end wingers in Alex Nylander and Elias Pettersson, and when he’s on the power play it’s with consensus number-one pick Rasmus Dahlin running the show. But he’s looked like he’s belonged amongst those offensive dynamos. Stick him between a couple of offensive studs, like a J.T. Miller and a Pavel Buchnevich, and you might have a line with no weaknesses. Either way, both players have Rangers fans excited, and rightfully so; the future, for once, looks bright.

I just simply don’t understand the infatuation with David Desharnais. You would’ve though he broke Gretzky’s 50-in-37 the way Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury were talking about him. Desharnais is a fine bottom-six player, but he shouldn’t sniff power play time. He certainly shouldn’t be someone you rely upon for offense. Any production you get from him should be surprising, not expected.

I want to be too, man. But we have to lay off of Paul Carey, who has been surprisingly effective lately. It’s crazy that with Chris Kreider’s injury, the 4th line is the only line consistently producing for the Rangers. Boo Nieves and Jesper Fast are terrific role players so seeing Carey succeeding with them isn’t too surprising. The point totals, on the other hand, is simply stunning.

You can’t make this list without Edmonton, so they’re number one. Maybe the Blackhawks if they’re looking for defensive help? It’s not a long list. Also, I don’t know if you heard, but Nick Holden is a top pairing defenseman, so teams will be lining up for his services.

Thanks again to everyone who sent questions in. See you all next week!