Yet, Bergevin could not say no to Price, and it is hard to argue with his decision, even as he understands the challenges that lie ahead.
“Giving one player a big amount makes things a little more difficult,” Bergevin admitted Sunday after announcing the deal. “But that’s part of my job to manage that. In an ideal world, we would have given him less, but that’s just part of the negotiation process.”
The financial terms of the contract are fair to both sides, and will favor the Rangers should Zibanejad blossom into the 70-point top-line center they envision him to be.
Rangers’ general manager Jeff Gorton has decisions to make behind Zibanejad, however. Stepan has not been replaced on the roster, even if Zibanejad assumes his role as No. 1 center. The talented, yet inconsistent, Kevin Hayes comes off a career-best 49-point season, though he did not score a goal in the post-season. He will move from the third line to the second. Veteran David Desharnais, a summer free agent acquisition, recorded 60 points in 2011-12 and is three years removed from a 48-point campaign. However, he had 14 points last season and likely is best suited to the fourth-line and, perhaps, some spot duty on the power play.
There was no love lost in Game 2, and Dion Phaneuf was a big part of that. The Senators’ bruiser laid out the Penguins’ Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel on separate eye-popping, open-ice collisions. He finished the game with five hits in total.
Western Conference finals, Game 3: Ducks at Cheap China NFL Jerseys Predators, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Series tied 1-1) — The Ducks have seven goals in two games on Pekka Rinne, who allowed Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids a total of 12 goals in the 10 games leading into the Western Conference finals. It seems like a statistical anomaly borne from a five-goal blowup, but it’s up to the Predators and Rinne to prove it.