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.