Playing in New York isn't easy.
The argument could be made that every player on the New York Rangers roster is under pressure for the upcoming NHL season. There are only a handful of markets that demand success year in and year out the way Manhattan and the surrounding area does.
Financial strain from the salary cap in New York has some Rangers players feeling the heat. That means underperformers will be forced to step up or ship out. Meanwhile, in what will be a contract year for 16 projected roster players for the Blueshirts, there is no shortage of players who need to have a big season if they want to cash in when it's over.
Here is a look at five Rangers players who will be on the shortest leashes and under the most scrutiny if things don't go well for them in 2013-14.
All salary cap figures provided by CapGeek.com.