The New York Rangers have almost $30 million tied up in four players: Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik. Richards is signed through 2020 and makes $6.6 million per year. Nash is signed through 2018 and makes $7.8 million per year. Lundqvist is signed through 2014 and makes $6.875 million. Marian Gaborik is signed through 2014 and makes $7.5 million.
This could potentially present a problem for the Rangers going forward. If the deal struck by the NHL and NHLPA is one that reduces the salary cap, the Rangers might be in trouble.
The salary cap is currently $70.2 million. The Rangers, at present, are at $59.2 million. That gives them room to work with.
But let's say, for argument's sake, that the cap is reduced to $55 million. The Rangers are going to have to make big changes. The four players mentioned above are the big problems.
We'll run down why they're an issue and what the Rangers can do to fix it.