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You might think that the Rangers would do everything they could to keep their team together after their magical run to the Stanley Cup Final.
If you thought that, you would be wrong.
The Rangers did not re-sign Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle or Benoit Pouliot, all key cogs in their lineup. They bought out de facto captain Brad Richards and traded fourth-liner Derek Dorsett to Vancouver.
The prevailing wisdom? Most likely cap space, or lack thereof. With big contracts doled out to Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist, plus the need to sign RFAs such as Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, plus the fact that Marc Staal will need to be extended at some point—as will Derek Stepan—you need all the money you can get.
It's a salary-cap world. If things were different, I'm sure the Rangers would have loved to have kept Stralman, Richards and everyone else.
But it's not.
The Rangers needed to shed salary.
That included making tough decisions, but they made them. And they did not seem to be particularly nostalgic about it.