Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for New York Rangers in 2014 Free Agency
The New York Rangers will not have the same team that took them to the Stanley Cup once they're done signing free agents in 2014.
The roster, after one day of free agency, already looks drastically different.
What are the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Rangers in 2014 free agency?
Read on to find out.
Worst Case: New 4th Line Doesn't Mesh
The Rangers' fourth line of Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett helped drive the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final.
Now, two are gone.
Most likely, the Rangers will combine newly signed Tanner Glass with Dominic Moore, and either they will re-sign Daniel Carcillo or insert someone such as Jesper Fast.
The fourth line had driven the Rangers last year. Will this line live up to the hype?
It remains to be seen what type of chemistry it has. If it can play the same role as last year's version, things will be fine.
If not, it could be a long season.
Best Case: Dan Boyle Invigorates Power Play
Dan Boyle is known for his work on the man advantage and his presence—after signing a two-year deal with the Rangers, as per Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com—should really boost the unit. Last season, the defenseman had 18 power-play points.
The Rangers power play was inconsistent at best during the postseason.
Adding someone such as Boyle could do wonders. He has experience playing with Martin St. Louis and should be an upgrade over Brad Richards on the point.
If the Rangers can have a power play that is consistent and reliable, they will be a better team.
If this signing works out, it will pay dividends for the Rangers.
Worst Case: An RFA Holds Out
The Rangers have four restricted free agents—Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and John Moore.
You can bet the Rangers want them back.
What if one decides to hold out until he gets the deal he wants? What if another team tries to poach someone such as Chris Kreider?
The Rangers cannot afford to lose any of the RFAs. If a deal can't be reached or an offer sheet is put forth, the Rangers will be in big trouble.
The Rangers need to lock these guys up soon.