Although we’re nearly three months away from the start of the 2013-14 NHL season, the New York Rangers’ snug cap situation has allowed us to get an early idea of what the team’s roster will look like in the upcoming season.
After the minor signings of Dominic Moore, Aaron Johnson and Benoit Pouliot on July 5, the Rangers were left with roughly $11.25 million to sign restricted free agents Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello and Justin Falk. McDonagh signed for $4.7 million per year on Monday, and as Katie Strang of ESPN reports, Hagelin followed suit Wednesday, signing for $2.25 annually, leaving the Rangers with about $4.3 million to work with for the remaining three players.
What this means is that, between now and the start of the season, the Rangers roster should be set, considering the fact that the Rangers surely won’t be able to make a splash in the free-agent market. The only potential changes would come as a result of general manager Glen Sather making a deal to move out some salary.
In reality, there’s no guarantee the Rangers will be able to fit those three players under the cap, and if that were the case, we would definitely see some changes. But for the purpose of this article, we’ll assume Sather gets it done.
So, read on for an early look at the 2013-14 New York Rangers.