May 12 2012; New York, NY, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) loses the puck to New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the first period in game seven in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Which Rangers Should Play Hockey Overseas?

With Hagelin and Nash now going to play overseas, the other Rangers players who can get roster spots should probably follow suit. I think it’s very important the players stay fit throughout the duration of the lockout. The pessimist in me says by the time this lockout is over, the teams will be given little or no training camp and will have to jump right into the games.

Brad Richards says he’d like to remain on this side of the pond, but how sharp can he get skating around in circles playing in some beer league? He’s one of the lucky ones who can actually get a roster spot in Europe and should take full advantage of that. Other guys like Stu Bickel and Mike Rupp aren’t good enough to take someone else’s roster spot in Europe.

Here are the players I think that should head to Europe and play in any league they can get into:

Marc Staal

Dan Girardi

Ryan Callahan

Derek Stepan

Ryan Mcdonagh

Brad Richards

Anton Stralman

Marian Gaborik obviously should not be playing because of his injury, and Chris Kreider will play in the AHL. All the other players I didn’t mention probably wouldn’t get a job overseas, but nonetheless it’s important they stay fit.

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