Nearing the NEFHL preseason, the NEFHL New York Rangers are quite happy to have done their roster within the rules. "Thats always not easy. We are one of the teams which try to sign as much talent as possible via unsigned players signings during the summer", GM Kaminski explained.
"But sure we would support a rule change which allows teams to have 50 players under contract (comparable to the NHL) instead of the 45 we have at the moment", Kaminski added. Right before the deadline the Rangers had to buy out 4 players to become roster compliant. Andy Greene, Ty Lewis, Danil Yurtaikin and Jason Cotton.
"Especially the farewell to Andy was quite emotional. He was with us the last 3 seasons and we enjoyed every single day with him. Always a true leader on and off the ice, he was also great mentor for our younger players. We wish him and the other 3 all the best for the future", Kaminski added.
Greene was on in the last year of his 4 year 8 mill contract. "Unfortunately we couldnt afford him anymore, we needed the roster and capspace. So we were forced to buy him out, hopefully he find another team to give him a chance to stay in the league and we can see him again."
Aside from losing Greene, the Rangers defense has changed a lot during the offseason. With Justin Braun and Nick Holden only 2 d-men from last year are still on the roster.
The new acquisitions are:
Marco Scandella (free agent signing)
Matt Irwin (free agent signing)
TJ Brodie (free agent signing)
Brendan Smith (trade)
Nikita Zaitsev (trade)
Tony DeAngelo (trade)
Oscar Fantenberg (trade)