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TOP RANKED PENDING FREE AGENTS

Centers
J. Staal (89)
N. Bonino (88)
C. Giroux (87)

Left Wings
J. Drouin (88)
M. Pacioretty (87)
D. Perron (86)

Right Wings
D. Pastrnak (94)
C. Brown (86)
V. Tarasenko (86)

Defensemen
K. Letang (90)
D. Orlov (86)
D. Severson (85)

Goalies
S. Varlamov (92)
 F. Andersen (87)
J. Bernier (86)


NY RANGERS
2022-23 RANKINGS:

3.07 PPG (8th)
2.66 GAPG (4th)
23.8 PP% (2nd)
83.7 PK% (22nd)
Home: 22-17-2
Road: 27-13-1

NY Rangers 2023 Offseason Digest

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New York fell short of becoming back-to-back Stanley Cup champions by one game. They brought back almost all of their starters who led them to a victory in the 2021-22 Staley Cup Final, but had to wait until the preseason before Adam Fox and Kappo Kakko agreed to re-sign for lower amounts than they were asking. This time around, successful negotiations to re-sign key players for another run is going to be more challenging.

Fox and K’Andre Miller have already told the front office they aren’t interested in re-signing. Nonetheless, Fox will be made a qualifying offer of $5,000,000 and if another team makes an offer and signs him (and we don’t match it), the Rangers will get a 1st-round pick in return. Miller’s situation is different. A qualifying offer would be less than a million dollars and the Rangers will just have to wait and see what offer they’d have to match. Miller will still be offered a long-term contract between $4.50M and $5.00M.

Find a trade partner for Kreider or buyout?

The Rangers tried to trade Chris Kreider by the deadline but couldn’t find any interested takers. Kreider turns 32 and has reached his potential while having 3 years left on his contract totaling over $19.00M. 

A buyout of Kreider’s contract would be $2.16M per year for 6 years, and would free up close to $4M per season in cap space.


Rangers key player negotiations

Pos.Player NameAgeOVRStatusWantsOfferedOutcome
DAdam Fox2591RFA$12,700,000
LWAlexis Lafreniere2287RFA$7,500,000
RWKappo Kakko2286RFA$6,000,000
DK'Andre Miller2384RFA$6,500,000
CFilip Chytil2484RFA$4,925,000
RWSammy Blais2781>82UFA$2,350,000
GBraden Holtby3382UFA$750,000
LDWill Butcher2882UFA$4,500,000
DLibor Hajek2579>80RFA$2,450,000
RWReilly Smith3284>79UFA
LW/RWDryden Hunt2778UFA$1,200,000
CMorgan Barron2477>78UFA$1,375,000
LD/RDTarmo Reunanen2577RFA$1,025,000
GCalvin Pickard3179UFA$750,000
$52,025,000
CAP SPACE$45,270,000
REMAINING-$6,755,000

The Rangers will draft in the 27th spot.

Review the scouts recommended picks and conduct interviews to fill in the unknowns. If that scout’s recommendation is available in the draft, I must select him. If he is not, then the GM will decide who to pick.

Needs TBD.

Make sure to sign draft picks and have them play in the preseason to get evaluated. Also play last year’s picks (or at least 2 of them).

WHERE WILL THEY LAND?

Boston Bruin David Pastrnak is among the top free agents that will be on the market. Other top FAs include Penguin defenseman Kris Letang, and Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (92)