Is the Rangers window to win closed?
With the way they ended this year, I’d say yes.
The 2015/16 New York Rangers were a very big disappointment. Honestly, this team has been built so poorly for the past five seasons. They’re management has made mistake after mistake, going after washed up, elite talent, while trading away the future.
I think it’s about time that the Rangers focus on the draft, but to do that you need draft picks. Since acquiring Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Keith Yandle and Eric Staal the Rangers have given away their farm team. Like really guys? Four first-round picks, three second-round picks along with a potentially elite forward in Anthony Duclair.
The Rangers have now set themselves up for a ridiculous situation. What are they to do? Henrik Lundqvist, yes the man who let in 15 goals in 12 periods against the Pittsburgh Penguins is disappointed. He isn’t going to win the Stanley Cup if he stays in New York. Their defensive core needs a serious shakeup. Build around McDonagh and hope he doesn’t get hurt. This year we saw a lot of injury problems for the Ranger captain.
They have an insane amount of bad contracts on their cap. Rick Nash, Dan Girardi, I could go on. The Rangers have a bad habit of picking up washed up players and paying them too much.
First off; Rick Nash.
The Rangers got Rick Nash, defenseman Steven Delisle (sorry, who?) and a conditional third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft for forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and the Rangers’ first-round selection in the 2013 Draft.
So, here we go. Rick Nash.. was he worth Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick? No. Nash now holds a $7.8 million cap hit, that is putting the Rangers in a cap-situation that is somewhat forcing them to try and move him. Nash arrived in the summer of 2012 and with him came high hopes.
Certainly he has been one of the better players on the Rangers’ roster in the regular season. He is the only one who has scored 40 goals, something he achieved last season with 42, and the only one with the potential to do so right now. He carries a cap hit of $7.8 million so it won’t be easy to move the 31-year-old winger.
Although, to resign guys like Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Dylan McIlrath and Kevin Hayes (all RFAs this offseason) they need to move cap.
Now; Keith Yandle.
Now, who thought this was a fair deal?
Everyone, last year. When the Rangers got as far as they did, everyone said that the deal was fair. They sent defenseman John Moore, top prospect Anthony Duclair, a lottery-protected first-round draft pick in 2016 AND a second-round pick in 2015. Like are you kidding me? That is a lot to give up, for guy who they may even lose now. Was two years of Yandle worth Duclair, John Moore, a first-rounder in 2016 and a second-rounder in 2015? No, it wasn’t.
Personally, I think it was a mistake. Have you seen Duclair and Domi play together? Like, really? Those guys are incredible together. But again, the Rangers got a player who could help them win now, in Yandle. Here we go though, he needs a contract this year. Do they want to resign him? My guess, yeah they do. But can they afford to? No.
This is just another example of the Rangers moving their future for the ability to win ‘now’. Which, they didn’t and haven’t.
Can the Rangers afford to keep Girardi?
There has been a severe amount of criticism put on the Rangers’ D-core this season, especially when it comes to Dan Girardi. Well, when you get paid $5.5 Million per season, you expect results. Dan Girardi’s time in the big apple may be over, as some fans want. A lot of people think that Dylan McIlrath, who has been very patient with the Rangers organization when it comes to play time, would be a better fit. Honestly, I say go for McIlrath over Girardi. Not only is he cheaper, but he is more effective and physical on the puck. Moving or Buying out Girardi would clear cap space needed for resigning of core players this offseason.
What do you think?