Now that the Rangers season is over the next thing they have to deal with is their free agents. So here are a couple of lists.
The first one is unrestricted free agents who are free to sign with any team in the NHL. The second list is restricted free agents. These are players that the Rangers have exclusive rights to sign although they can lose these players if other teams make an offer sheet to one of them. If that happens the Rangers would receive draft pick compensation for losing them. Also included is the players salary from 2009-10.
Unrestricted free agents
Olli Jokinen, C; 32, $5.5 million
Vaclav Prospal, LW, 35, $1.1 million
Alex Auld, G, 29, $1 million
Jody Shelley, RW, 34, $725,000
P.A. Parenteau, RW, 27, $500,000
Anders Eriksson, D, 35, $600,000
Corey Potter, D, 26, $550,000
Restricted free agents
Marc Staal, D, 23, $765,000
Dan Girardi, D, 26, $1.6 million
Erik Christensen, C, 26, $750,000
Brandon Prust, LW, 26, $525,000
Enver Lisin, RW, 24, $790,000
Dane Byers, LW, 24, $500,000
Ilkka Heikkinen, D, 25, $875,000
The only one who is most likely leaving via free agency is Olli Jokinen unless he accepts an obscenely small salary. Even then it might be best for the Rangers to simply cut their losses and just hang-on to the roster flexibility. Backup goalie Alex Auld and Anders Eriksson are two others I could see leaving Broadway.
Of course, we’ll keep you updated on all of these free agents throughout the entire process whether or not they resign with the Rangers. So stay tuned.