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New York Rangers

April 21, 2022; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Andrew Cobb (18) celebrated his goal against the New York Islanders with New York Rangers center Ryan Strom (16) during the first period at UBS Arena. Mandatory credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have been a pleasant surprise this season after participating in an impressive run to Eastern Conference Final. Despite falling in 6 games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, this season was a smash hit and made them ahead of schedule.

Now that their Stanley Cup window is open, they need to find a way to reclaim as much of the roster as possible. Unfortunately, they only have $11.93 million in cap space per CapFri Friendly.

With that concept, let’s dive into the biggest off-season storylines heading into the Draft (7/7) and Free Agency (7/13).

New York Rangers Story Events: Strom or Cobb

The biggest decision Rangers will make will be which of these two unrestricted suspended agents they can sign: Andrew Cobb or Ryan Strom?

GM Chris Drury’s preference during the season and playoffs was to keep a versatile cup. A 27-year-old striker who can play as a central or winger as well as for the two specials.

TSN’s Darren Dreger said in April that Rangers are working hard on Andrew Cobb Contract Extension. According to Jeff Marek of HNIC, he is ready to secure a new contract in the neighborhood worth $5.5 million USD.

Make no mistake, he gets paid on the open market. This season, he has scored 53 points in 72 games with 18 Blues players. In the playoffs, Kopp added 6 goals and 14 points in 20 matches.

Arthur Staple the athlete Reports indicate that a source claims that Cope and his agent will work to maximize this contract. This means no backing out of $5.5 million for at least 5 years.

If that’s the case, I’d say do it. However, no one is aware of the negotiations or what Drury might want to accomplish with the crew in the off-season. Plus, what if Cope thought he could get more on the open market?

Ryan Strom, who has chemistry with Artemi Panarin, should be willing to take less than a strong Plan B.

Re-sign Kaapo Kakko and avoid the bid paper

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3 June 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers right wing Capo Kaku (24) celebrates his goal with quarterback Philip Chettle (72) during the first period in Game Two of the 2022 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Talk of a potential deal or offer paper for Kaapo Kakko broke out after he got scratched in Game 6 of the ECF, but Chris Drury shut that down at the end of the season.

“Kakko is a player from all over the world who is still developing,” Drury said, according to USA Today’s Vince Mercogliano. “He and I had a really good discussion before he left [Tuesday]. There is clearly a lot of faith from me and the staff about what his future holds. I know he’s excited to have a good season and come back next year and be ready.”

Without salary arbitration rights, the Rangers have all the leverage over Kakko. A two-year bridge deal of approximately $2 million AAV would be a fair outcome for both parties.

Kaku, 21, scored 18 points in just 43 matches due to being on the injured list three separate times. During his three-year career, he managed to score only 58 points in 157 matches. However, his size, skill and top-notch abilities make him an interesting player this summer.

Per Mollie Walker from New York Post, and estimates that the figure for forcing Rangers not to match Kakko’s bid sheet would be between $4.2 and $6.3 million. However, the previous public pick No. 2 of the 2019 draft seems to want to stay.

“I don’t think so, I love playing here,” Kakko said. “I suspect [the scratch] It gives me more motivation. I want to show that I’m better than that. You should put me in the squad because I’m a good player.”

Finding a roof space, a new backup goalkeeper

Rangers will definitely need to find a way to get to him More cover space. They can do so by either trading or buying Patrick Nemeth’s remaining two years in his contract, which comes with a trading roster of 8 no-trade roster and $2.5 million USD.

The acquisition will return $1.5 million in books that Rangers can use in a new reserve goalkeeper.

Alexander Georgiev is expected to move through trading his rights to the draft or become an unrestricted free agent once Drury chooses not to qualify him at $2.65 million.

While Rangers have a very small budget for a new reserve goalkeeper, they also want someone who can handle one game every 7 to 7 days. This usually means that a veteran is the better choice.

Topping many lists for an affordable backup is Thomas Grace, who played for the Detroit Red Wings last season. Jaro Halak is another option, publishing fixed numbers with Vancouver Canucks. Both will be UFA this summer.

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