Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 7/17/13

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27: General Manager and President Glen Sather of the New York Rangers (C) works at the draft table during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Glen Sather should have plenty of financial flexibility next summer Whether the Rangers re-sign Mats Zuccarello or not, they’re going to be right up against the salary cap ceiling when the 2013-2014 season opens.  Things are tight financially for New York right now, but 12 months from now the situation will be very different. According to CapGeek, the Rangers have barely over $27 million in cap payroll committed to 2014-2015, more than $37 million below the current $64.3 million salary cap.  A chunk of that will go toward Derek Stepan’s new contract, potentially one for Zuccarello and likely a contract extension for Henrik Lundqvist over the coming weeks.  But even factoring in those deals, the Blueshirts should have a ton of money to work with heading into next offseason.  Lundqvist’s substantial cap hit will largely be negated by the certain Brad Richards buyout, and there are also whispers that league executives expect the cap ceiling to begin steadily climbing up, perhaps as hig...
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