Free Agent Recap: Day 1

Well, no Brad Richards just yet, but the day is still semi-young. Reports are coming in that the Calgary Flames offered the former Dallas Star a nine-year, $64 million contract, something the Rangers cannot match. So, it comes down to Richards either wanting to play in New York, or taking his talents to Alberta for the big buck$.

The Blueshirts did make two deals today, signing forwards Mike Rupp and Ruslan Fedotenko.

Rupp, 31, signed a three-year, $4.5 million deal with New York after playing the last two years in Pittsburgh. The six-foot-five Rupp finished with nine goals and 17 points in 81 games. He also won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

Fedotenko is back for his second season on Broadway after he made the team out on a tryout contract last year. He inked a one-year deal worth $1.4 million. He finished 2010-11 with 10 goals and 25 points in 66 games. For what it’s worth, the Rangers went 39-23-4 with the Ukrainian in the lineup.

I’d expect a trade to happen sometime in the coming days or weeks. This team just has too many third-line forwards, making both deals questionable. I figured Fedotenko would be gone once Rupp was signed, but what do I know?

Still interesting to see if Sean Avery or Woltek Wolski will be bought out in August. I’d assume they would try and shop Wolski. He’s still just 24 and has just a year remaining on his contract, though the $3.8 tab which accompanies him could be a little too rich for most teams.

Will update with any more deals tonight, but it’s getting pretty late. I’d assume Richards will sign somewhere tomorrow.

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