Bringing on Ryan O’Reilly would upset the Rangers’ salary structure
For years financial ineptitude crippled the Rangers franchise, but what was once an enormous weakness has turned into the backbone of the organization’s success.
Last week I advocated for the possibility of trading for Ryan O’Reilly (before news of Colorado’s asking price of Michael Del Zotto + Chris Kreider/J.T. Miller broke). A few days later, Larry Brooks reported that the Rangers would not pursue O’Reilly because of his contract demands and more importantly, how they would affect the organization’s salary structure.
As much as I would like to see O’Reilly on Broadway, Brooks makes a very strong point.
That salary structure is the reason the Rangers are a contender right now and not upsetting it is absolutely crucial. It’s something New York has mastered in the last few years far better than almost any team in the league.
The Rangers employ cheap young talent and always make their youngsters “prove it” on their se