New York Rangers: Markus Naslund to Retire?

Kevin McRae@@McRaeWritesFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Markus Naslund #91 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 22, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 2-1 and lead the series 3 games to 1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers remained mum today on reports in various media outlets that winger Markus Naslund has informed the team he intends to retire. 

Steve Zipay, of the New York Newsday, reports that the team could be waiting for Naslund to formally announce his intentions or that a final decision hasn't been made.

The New York Post further reports that had Naslund not decided to retire the Rangers would've explored buying out the final year of his contract. Naslund was believed to not be in Rangers coach John Tortarella's plans for next season.

Naslund signed a two year, $8 million dollar contract as a free agent last Summer.  He is due to earn $3 million dollars next year and have a cap hit of $4 million.

Had they bought him out the Rangers would've been on the hook for a total cap hit of $3 million divided over the next two seasons.  If Naslund does indeed retire his entire $4 million dollar cap hit will come off the books for next season.

Naslund, 35, was the Rangers leading goal scorer last season with 24 and added 22 assists.  In his 15 year career with the Penguins, Canucks, and Rangers he's tallied 395 goals and 474 assists for 869 points.

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