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Because the Rangers' first priority this offseason is to sign their restricted free agents, there won't be too much money left over for unrestricted free agents.
However, there are a few needs that should be addressed. One will be help for the power play.
The Rangers power play was especially awful in the postseason. They converted on just four of their 44 chances, and it was a big reason they got eliminated.
A power-play quarterback who can get quality shots on net is needed. One potential option is Marek Zidlicky. The Rangers, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, have interest in the 36-year-old defenseman.
Playing with the New Jersey Devils last season, Zidlicky had four goals and 15 assists, including 11 power-play points. His 10 power-play assists would've been the most on the Rangers.
He'll probably come cheap, given his age, and on a one-year deal could be a good option.
The Rangers also need some depth wingers. The Boston Bruins were, essentially, a line better than the Rangers, and that was a main reason the Blueshirts were eliminated.
The Rangers will keep a few depth forwards—Taylor Pyatt, Brian Boyle, Derek Dorsett and Darroll Powe will all play significant roles next season.
But they need a few more guys. They could sign someone like Matt Hendricks. While he only had eight points with the Washington Capitals, the 31-year-old will hit, win faceoffs, kill penalties, drop the gloves and play with a lot of energy.
In addition, the Rangers should bring back Ruslan Fedotenko. They foolishly let him sign with the Flyers, but they could've used his style of energy and penalty-killing ability. He will come cheap, too.
Someone like Maxim Lapierre, who played for the Canucks under Alain Vigneault, would be a good addition, as well.
If the Rangers can add some depth forward and power-play help, then the offseason will have to be considered a success.