The New York Rangers need to start taking notes. The Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers recently gave big contract extensions to their young stars, and the Rangers should do the same in the next two days.
Michael Del Zotto still hasn’t signed his two- or three-year deal, and if general manager Glen Sather was smart, he’d give him a bigger offer in terms of years. Besides Del Zotto, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Michael Sauer will all be restricted free agents next season, but shouldn’t even get to that point.
With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire on Sept. 15, the Rangers have three days (counting today) to get these guys–most notably McDonagh–signed to long-term deals. Why? you ask, because the new proposed CBA has many restrictions on player contracts.
It’s been no secret the owners are looking to lower the next salary cap, but they are also looking to limit the years on player contracts. No more 17-year deals like that of Ilya Kovalchuck, o...