A $60 million cap will be tough to get to with Ryan McDonagh as an RFA.
As mentioned yesterday, the NHL is very adamant about sticking to a $60 million cap for the 2013-2014 season. This has a lot of the larger market teams worried, as GMs built their clubs for at least a $70 million cap, not a $60 million cap. The Rangers have a total of 16 players (10 forwards, 4 defensemen, 2 goalies) signed for the 2013-2014 campaign, totaling $51.8 million in cap space.
The organization will need to re-sign Michael Del Zotto (prior to this shortened season), Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin, and Derek Stepan. All four will be on second year deals –and RFAs– which makes them cheaper to re-sign. Without a second buyout the Rangers would need to get these four, plus one more forward and one more defenseman, and they would have approximately $8.2 million to work with.
If the Rangers proceed with buying out a second player (as discussed yesterday), they will have an extra $1.5 million to work with. For t...