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Actual live hockey games are back but I need to reluctantly talk about contracts for a slide.
The Rangers have two very important players that will become restricted free agents at the end of the season: Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan.
McDonagh will probably finish the season as one of the NHL leaders for time on the ice, and Stepan is one of the best young centers in the league.
It's possible and even probable that McDonagh and Stepan will both receive very generous offers from other teams, which the Rangers would have to match if they want to keep them.
The Rangers have about $10 million in extra cap space for next season, and both McDonagh and Stepan will get sizable raises, regardless of the offers from other teams.
The Rangers will do everything in their power to keep them both, but hockey is a business first and contract offers can be surprising.