Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 6/7/13
Who’s in Ranger blue next season? (Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports) With the offseason in full swing, the Rangers brass is going to look for ways to improve the team and fill holes by dealing from strengths. At the moment, the Rangers currently have 17 players signed for next season (10 F, 5 D, 2 G) at $50.9 million in cap space. That leaves them around $13.4 million to bridge the gap with three forwards and two defensemen. Among those that will be included are RFAs Fs Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, and Mats Zuccarello; and RFA D Ryan McDonagh. The RFAs are the biggest concern, but after that the Rangers are going to need to address their two most glaring needs: Scoring depth and a puck moving defenseman. The Rangers were absolutely inept on the powerplay, and these two needs played directly into that. While those are the two most glaring needs, the Rangers find themselves in the same position as last year: Owning a dearth of depth forwards from which they can deal. Prospects J.T. Mill...
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