It is with some sadness that the New York Rangers would like to file to release Rhett Rakhshani from the minor league Connecticut Whale. Rhett is under contract with the HV71 squad of the Swedish Elite League for the coming year. In 7 career NHL appearances, the 5 foot 10 inch 24 year old has been held pointless. The speedy winger had high promise as a point per game AHL player, and his presence on the Whale will be missed.
Similarily, we would like to file to release Mike Murphy, a fantastic young netminder, coveted for the depth in goal he brought to our organization this offseason. Mike has chosen to sign and play in the KHL this year, and while his speed and skillset are going to be tough to replace, his age and size make it unlikely that he will return to the NHL.
We wish both players well on their continued journey's in Professional Hockey.
Team sheet is missing Douglas Murray from the Connecticut Whale, he was acquired this off season at the draft and will sit at the top of our Dmen on the Whale for now, Thanks.
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You waived Murray...
And also, how can you not match? Just as Weber had every right to sign an offer sheet, Nashville has every right to match. This isn't the NBA where the player dictates where he wants to go and holds his team hostage. Weber can't have both. He can't sign his "lifetime" contract AND pick where he wants to play. He's an RFA and by exercising his right to an offersheet, he essentially took the cards out of his own hands. It isn't explicit that Weber wanted out of Nashville. His agent said he doesn't want to be part of a rebuild, but that didn't come from Weber himself, and he by no means said "I want out".
It may have just been a tool all along to get paid. Teemu Selanne, Joe Sakic, Mattias Ohlund, Ryan Kesler... would you say those guys didn't want to be on the teams they were on anymore? Weber signing that offersheet is by no means a referendum on hockey in Nashville, but the owner's decision is.