As we approach mid-July and NHL Free Agency has slowed down, most of the serviceable players have been signed by their new (or current) teams. Therefore, we take a look at what the Rangers could possibly look like heading into next season, assuming they resign Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, and John Moore with their remaining $14 million in cap space.
Here is what I finally came to:
Based off this, there are a number of issues that still need to be addressed heading into the season. Will JT Miller, Jesper Fasth, and/or Danny Kristo be ready to play on the team and provide value? My guess on all 3 of them is that they will have struggles trying to compete in an 82-game NHL schedule. Will Dan Boyle be able to replace Anton Stralman alongside Marc Staal? I think Boyle can be a help offensively, but it will be tough to replace what Stralman brought all season last year. Does this team have enough fire power to score and win? Looking at the roster right now, this team will not be able to produce the way they did last year, especially on the 3rd and 4th lines losing Brad Richards, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot, and Derek Dorsett.
The Rangers don’t have much cap space with the 4 RFA’s needing new contracts, all of them coming off very good seasons and expecting pay upgrades to stay. Besides those young players, the only other real options for the Rangers will be Oscar Lindberg or Chris Mueller from the AHL. The question over the next few weeks is whether Glen Sather will use the phones and strike a deal to bring a player over that can help this team? Only time will tell.