Rangers Add Goalie Coach In Hartford & Re-sign Steven Fogarty

Steven Fogarty

Hartford has made additional moves in recent days. The New York Rangers offered a qualifying offer to forward Steven Fogarty and he accepted. In addition, Chris Drury and the Wolf Pack added Eric Raymond as a full-time goalie coach from the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL.

Eric Raymond Joins the Rangers Organization

Announced by the Halifax Mooseheads, goalie coach Eric Raymond has accepted a role in Hartford for the upcoming season and will leave the Mooseheads organization. Raymond is a familiar face to the personnel in Hartford, as Raymond was splitting time between Halifax and Hartford. He visited Hartford periodically throughout the season to help Hartford’s goalies. The move of Eric Raymond going full time in the Rangers organization is a strong move. This means that goalies in the system will have full-time access to a goalie coach in the minors. In addition, the goalies will get more attention in the organization, unlike past seasons where they had limited time with Eric Raymond.

The Pack has not announced the addition yet. This will also add a second assistant coach to Hartford along with assistant Joe Mormina. Perhaps he will also be on the bench during games for the club.

Steven Fogarty Returns

The depth forward in Hartford has accepted his qualifying offer from the Rangers, signing a one-year, two-way deal. If he makes the Rangers, his salary will be $708,750 according to CapFriendly and will be $700,000 in Hartford. The 25-year-old prospect has spent the last two seasons in Hartford as a center and played one game with New York last season. He is a forward that is good on the penalty kill and is capable in the defensive end. He has a great work ethic is hard and can win the important faceoff.

Steven Fogarty is a player that is good for depth. Offensively, he contributes a good amount for a player that is in a largely defensive role. Being able to put up points and playing solid defensively is a win for Hartford. Bringing back the forward will help keep Hartford playing strong on the penalty kill along with the defensive portion of the game.


  • I would be nice to finally see the Rangers as an organization that looked at Hartford as a pipeline to help this franchise rather as a wayward destination for players who haven’t worked out. When was the last time they made a playoff run? When was the last time they took a Rangers prospect and developed them to be a useful Ranger? It’s time to reset this franchise from the ECHL to the Penthouses on 7th Avenue.

  • I think Forgarty’s salary will be $70k in Hartford not $700k

  • Mike, I think you have to consider more than one aspect of what Fogarty might contribute. Over the next two years the organization will be loading a number of young players with Hartford. These kids will be exactly that…kids. Preparing them for the NHL is a process that will include pairing them with experienced, hard working people that will set a positive example and support them in their growth. While they may have great skill sets there are other important things for them to learn as they mature and hopefully take their next step up the ladder. I believe this is what we have in mind for Steven as well as a possible role player when the need arises upstairs.

    • I don’t have a problem with the resigning of Fogarty. He will provide depth for them.

      My issue is how the Rangers ignore their farm system. They just now sign a full time goalie coach? This isn’t a franchise that has money problems. The Rangers have never had a feeder system like many of the top NHL team have with their minor league teams. When the Devils were a top team in the NHL their AHL affiliate in Albany was one of the top teams and they were pumping out NHL ready prospects like an assembly line. The Rangers have always used the AHL as their dumping ground. It’s time to put money and resources to build a pipeline which ends their dependence on free agency.

  • The Wolf Pack were a quality playoff team that made a deep run in 2015 so they’ve had recent success.
    The goalie coach is key are this past year, Wolf Pack goalies lost their game for long stretches. The theory has been that a 2-3 yr drive wasn’t prohibiting Allaire from working with the team. However there process of reclaimation project goalies and Lundqvist having his rollercoaster seasons, the pipeline was broken. I’d love to see the Rangers investing in the AHL and developing players. Under Torts and AV, young players in the NHL didn’t often play. They all would have benefited from seeing more ice time for short periods, learning the demands on a two way game. The issue with this approach however is that it requires patience and I’m not sure if the fan base has that.

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