Posted in New York Rangers, NHL, tagged 2008, 2008-2009, 2009, anisimov, betts, byers, Callahan, Dawes, Drury, Dubinsky, Free Agency, free agent, Fritsche, Girardi, Gomez, Hartford, hollweg, mara, moore, Naslund, New York Rangers, NHL, Orr, prucha, Redden, Rissmiller, roster, rozsival, Sanguinetti, Sjostrom, Staal, trade, Voros, Zherdev on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 |
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Take a look at the Rangers projected roster for 2008-2009. The top 3 lines and the defense are pretty much set, but there seem to be too many forwards.
By my calculations the Rangers have an excess of 3 NHL forwards plus 3 more NHL-caliber forwards currently in Hartford. Because of this, it might be a good idea to make a salary-clearing trade for draft picks. It’s safe to say that the Rangers still have interest in signing a proven goal-scorer either during the off-season or before the trade deadline next year. If the Rangers can add some cap space to the $3.3 million they currently have, they would be in the running to make a play for a top-quality winger.
Update: Forgot about Kalinin. Thanks to the commenter “Jagr”.
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Posted in New York Rangers, tagged betts, Callahan, Dawes, Drury, Dubinsky, Free Agency, Fritsche, Girardi, glen sather, Gomez, hollweg, jagr, New York Rangers, NHL, Orr, Pock, prucha, Redden, Rissmiller, rozsival, Sanguinetti, Shanahan, Sjostrom, slats, Staal, strudwick, UFA, Voros, Zherdev on Thursday, July 3, 2008 |
Let’s go through a projection of how the Rangers roster might shape up:
Zherdev-Gomez-[Jagr or some UFA]
The Rangers have $14.5 million in cap space but that number does not include Dawes, Sjostrom, Fritsche, Rissmiller, Voros, or Strudwick.
Assuming the Rangers will spend roughly $4 or $5 million between those players, they will have about $9 or $10 million to spend on Jagr, Shanahan, and any UFA’s the Rangers might desire.
That doesn’t leave much wiggle room. Decision time for Slats.
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