Paul Ranger Signs with the Leafs

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Paul Ranger
Photo: Editorinleaf.ca

The Maple Leafs have signed former Toronto Marlie and Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Paul Ranger to a one-year, $1,000,000 NHL contract. With Paul Ranger added to the mix, a cap clearing measure will surely have to follow, at least eventually, with Franson, Kadri and Fraser left to re-sign and only 6 or so million in cap space remaining.

Ranger was a  top-4 calibre guy for the Tampa Bay Lightning prior to taking a three-year leave from the game at the start of the 2009-10 season. A big, strong-skating two-way rearguard with a big left handed shot, Ranger actually played a good deal of time on Tampa’s top-2 pairing. In 2007-08 and 2008-09, Paul Ranger averaged 25:13 and 24:30 in time on ice respectively. John Tortorella, Ranger’s head coach when he broke the league as a rookie, described his first-pass as one of the best in the league already.

After his lengthy leave for mysterious personal reasons, Ranger started working his way back into the game by coaching the Whitby Wildcats bantam team and signed with the Marlies last season on an AHL contract, with the word that he was interested in playing in the AHL only at that time. He appears ready to take a run at an NHL job. At this point it would be a reach to rely on him to play a top 4 role, but it could be something he plays his way back into. My preference was to pay him as a 5-6 depth option, having no clue where his game stands at the NHL level currently. At a million dollar cap hit, this seems like a very worthwhile flyer to take.

It’s a commendable little high-reward, low-risk move by Nonis. Worst case, Ranger is demoted to the AHL and he either gets claimed on waivers or the Leafs have to eat $75,000 on the cap to have him as an injury replacement/depth option on the Marlies ($1,000,000 cap hit – $925,000 in bury-able salary). Best case, they have a steal of a deal on a player who works his way back into a top 4 role at the NHL level.

Ranger takes out Malkin in his Lightning days:

An example of his big shot from last season with the Marlies:

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
  • rustynail

    where the hell is penthouse ? He is gonna just LOVE this :)

    • Burtonboy

      rustynail penthouse Can’t wait lol

  • Zep2

    Thats great news. Blue line is getting crowded though. Some kind of move has to be in the works

    • Burtonboy

      Zep2 Something other then just signing Ranger is in the works for sure

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

        Burtonboy Zep2 As we know, you never just roll with 6-7 defenceman. You need 9-10 D in the playoffs with injuries and such.

        • Burtonboy

          DeclanK Burtonboy Zep2 Agreed but we all know the cap situation.

        • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

          Burtonboy DeclanK Zep2 They have some time to figure it out.

        • rustynail

          DeclanK Burtonboy Zep2 all summer

        • Burtonboy

          DeclanK Burtonboy Zep2 I have no doubt they will . These guys are not fools

        • Zep2

          Burtonboy DeclanK Zep2 Its a nice problem to have for sure. Cloutier at EKs place will be pissed

        • djamon

          DeclanK No one rolls with 9-10 NHL defensemen. Sitting any more than 1 guy on a nightly basis is a terrible way to manage your Cap.

        • Zep2

          djamon DeclanK Having guys on the Marlies with 2 way contracts or are waver exempt who are able to play  in the case of injuries is the way to go
          Granberg, Blacker are the ones that could be the guys to fill that role this year.

  • cquilliam

    So, he wants to play in the NHL now?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Liles just got married too. Note to single Leafs…stay that way.

    • rustynail

      ingy56 does Gunnar have a NMC or NTC?

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        rustynail ingy56 I don’t think so but if he does it probably doesn’t kick in for a season.

        • rustynail

          ingy56 rustynail bye bye Gunnar right after signing? oops this isn’t Philly

      • Burtonboy

        rustynail ingy56 LOL everyone and his dog is on cap geek ….slow as cold mollasses

      • Burtonboy

        rustynail ingy56 Nothing on cap geek about it

        • rustynail

          Burtonboy rustynail ingy56 wanna see this place explode if its Gunnar that gets moved. :)

        • Burtonboy

          rustynail Burtonboy ingy56 yeah eh

    • Mind Bomb

      ingy56  No shite Ingy !

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        Mind Bomb ingy56 General advice from a married man too! LOL

  • Knights2Leafs

    AWESOME!!!
    Wonder if the Leafs have known for awhile.  Might have made the cap decisions easier if this was done a month ago.

    • rustynail

      Knights2Leafs maybe they did and made cap decisions based on it

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    TheCanucksnaphook The Avs for Stastny ?

  • Cameron19

    I don’t like the sound of the word “outbid” in Cox’s Tweet.  Ranger should be a depth signing for a million or less, much like Redden and Gomez last year.  He hasn’t played in the NHL for years and should not be attracting bidding wars based on hopes and dreams of what he may or may not be.

    • Leaf Guy

      Cameron19 For the reasons you mentioned the leafs paying more than other teams still might not amount to a lot of money.

    • djamon

      Cameron19 Agreed. I’m not sure why people are all that happy about this. We’re already a little fucked Cap-wise and he’s not going to improve us on the back end, IMO.

    • Cameron19

      TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 Sold.

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      Cameron19 Yeah, I’m guessing that Ranger is looking for the best fit, not the best contract.

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

      Cameron19https://twitter.com/TheHockeyChathttps://twitter.com/TheHockeyChat/status/360071302851215363
      https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Oilers&src=hash and https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash the last two teams left in signing Paul Ranger. Good depth D Retweeted by https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs_TML

      • Pent_House

        Radar O’Rielly Cameron19 Let’s go Oilers!!

    • Ze_theLeafsFan

      TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 golfing sucks…

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Steve Dangle used to work for Leafs TV?

  • Pent_House

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    • Mind Bomb

      Pent_House hahhahahhahhahahha

      • Mind Bomb

        Pent_House Heere he is Rusty :)

      • Pent_House

        Mind Bomb Pent_House I really hope it doesn’t happen, or that he’s still going to play on the Marlies or something. Fak.

        • Mind Bomb

          Pent_House Mind Bomb I give up on figuring Ranger out, and Nonis for that matter lol. Who does not want to play NHL hockey, I mean really !

        • Pent_House

          Mind Bomb Pent_House He';s just an idiot. Plain and simple.

        • KenBreadner

          Pent_House Mind Bomb You must not have been one of the dozens clamouring for him to be a Leaf last year.

        • Pent_House

          KenBreadner Pent_House Mind Bomb Yea unlike 95% of people who wanted that, I actually watched the Marlies on a regular basis.

        • Mind Bomb

          KenBreadner Pent_House Mind Bomb No I was not, I actually made several post stating he is an idiot for not wanting to play NHL hockey

        • theacs1966

          Mind Bomb Pent_House Drugs, got to be drugs.  Nose candy or roids.  He would have some crippling social handicap that is more pronounced in the bigs, but then he signed with the wrong team.

        • Mind Bomb

          theacs1966 Mind Bomb Pent_House Access to more Cash and the lifestyle maybe, who knows

    • Uncle Otis

      Pent_House 
      Its not to late PH….
      Have Phook send Nonis your scouting report ;P

      • Pent_House

        Uncle Otis Pent_House For the benefit of the team, get me in there over Ranger.

        • Uncle Otis

          Pent_House 
          Could you handle the pay cut? 😉

        • Pent_House

          Uncle Otis Pent_House Anything to not watch Ranger play for the Leafs

  • Leaf Guy

    Nonis is not afraid to send guys down like he showed with komo….still plenty of cap space left boyzzzz

    • djamon

      Leaf Guy That’s incorrect. Especially when you consider that demoting a player still keeps most of his salary on our Cap.

      • Leaf Guy

        djamon Leaf Guy oh right new cba rules oops

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

      Leaf Guy How much salary is allowed to be buried and off the cap?

      • Burtonboy

        Radar O’Rielly Leaf Guy 925,000

      • djamon

        Radar O’Rielly 925K. The rest still counts.

        • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

          djamon Radar O’Rielly @Burtonboy Thanks

      • Ze_theLeafsFan

        Radar O’Rielly Leaf Guy per player or in total?

        • rustynail

          Ze_theLeafsFan Radar O’Rielly Leaf Guy per player

        • Ze_theLeafsFan

          rustynail Ze_theLeafsFan Radar O’Rielly Leaf Guy thanks