claremont Posted May 2 Report Share Posted May 2 With the Rangers bounced, and RFA Lafraniere absolutely stinking going 0 fer in their 7 games, Panarin was invisible but $11.6M for next 3 years - time to look at the pressures facing the Rangers for improvement next year as follows; 1) Roster as currently constructed per Cap friendly under contract for 2023-24 - 10 forwards, 5 D, 2G and cap room of 10.07M however a little bit misleading as you have to really add back 2 "filler" Forwards Leschysun and Brodzinski ($767K and $763K) and a defenseman Ben Harpur - $888K and their backup goalie is Domingue $775K - so really they have 8 forwards (assumed Vesey is kept), and 4D, 1G - cap room adjusted to $13.26M 2) RFA pressures - first Andre Miller - solid LHD. Minimum floor for his deal is expected to be $3.5M and could go to $5M - I will assume $4m. Now the question mark if #1 overall Lafraniere - a 15 g 20a LW. Traded, or subject to an offer sheet? Sure he wants the Stutzle deal of 8 years, but i suspect a bridge at $2 Million, but at that value for a 2nd round pick by an offering team, LAF, can be worth $4M. A sign and trade deal? LAF is 3rd line behind Panarin and Krieder for minutes. This will be interesting 3) At best, if you take the cap room of $13.26M less $4M for Miller, $2M for LAF - $7.26M remains for use to fill 4 more forwards (13 total), 2 more D after Miller (7) and a backup goalie (1), to get to a 22 man roster let alone a 23 man roster, Rangers need some entry level / low cost players much like other teams, to fill out their team. .$1M LW Drouin anyone? I could see LW prospect Will Cuylle making the jump. LW Brennan Othman probably a year away. LHD RFA Zachary Jones is cheap filler 4) Given the cap situation, might be hard for the Rags to make a splash in free agency. Panarin has a full NMC, and most of their forwards other than Kakko ($2.1M) are on long term contracts. Trades may be very tough for this team. They have the 24th overall first round pick - given their prospect pool, not sure that will be in play. The most intriguing aspect here, is whether they believe in LAF vs. trading him vs. protecting him from a $4.2M offer sheet. For the Habs assuming we could dump or buyout Hoffman, a LW side of Caufield, Slavkovsky, LAF, Heineman, RHP / Farrell is a great mix of youth. Is LAF the Dach move for 2023? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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