Dominic Moore Stays in New York

Bruce Heen

With the Rangers suddenly strapped for cash against the salary cap ceiling, the future of veteran center, Dominic Moore, remained uncertain. Moore managed to reach an agreement on July 1 with the new York Rangers for a two-year, $3 million contract with a limited no-trade clause to stay in New York.

“It was looking like it wasn’t going to be hard, and it ended up being a little harder than we thought,” Moore said of the negotiations in a phone interview with the Daily News. “But I’m very happy to have it all set and happy to be coming back for sure.”

34-year-old Moore believes he re-signed out of loyalty to the franchise that gave him a second chance after a long year off the ice. However his decision was also influenced by the fact he will continue to lead the Rangers when he was promoted onto a line with Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis.

“Definitely,” Moore admitted. “There’s a lot to be said for that. The way the season started for me, I did kind of have to work my way up and work my way back into not only a position where the coaches trusted me, but where I trusted myself on the ice. But that’s something that when you put your time in, you want to build on it. I want to win first and foremost, and I’m happy with whatever role I’m asked to play. But versatility is one of the strengths I bring to the table.”

Moore was honored the 2014 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, and well deserved; Moore returned to the NHL following the January 2013 death of his wife, Katie, at the age of 32 from a rare form of liver cancer.

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