The Stanley Cup Finals have concluded, the players have returned to their homes and families, and the NHL offseason has officially begun. As many hockey fans know, this is a special time of year. We see many GM’s make interesting moves that shock the league and we see players go places that we would have never pictured them going. Free Agency is a great time for the NHL, as it brings non-stop media coverage and it gives the league the publicity that they crave.
The Rangers season did not quite go the way we wanted it to. The regular season was an emotional rollercoaster, however we did see the addition of Derick Brassard and John Moore. Both of which have fit in quite nicely in the city of New York. The Blueshirts’ postseason ended with a short series against the Boston Bruins. Going into the series, both teams looked evenly matched and most were expecting at least 6 or 7 games. Instead, we saw Boston take the reigns and quickly dispatch of the Broadway Blue in 5 games.
I took the game 5 loss with utter disappointment, and shock. I couldn’t believe that a team like the Rangers could lose in such a fashion. But, I kept a cool head, and remained optimistic for the coming seasons. Glen Sather and Alain Vigneault have themselves a team that is built to win a Cup, they just need some smoothing out. The decision to not buy-out Brad Richards came as a surprise to many fans, including myself. I just don’t see the point in keeping a guy who carries nearly 7 million on his contract and underperformed tremendously this season. But that’s the way this sport is, it’s unpredictable. Which makes it worth watching and paying attention to.
As New York enters into the coming summer months, many questions have arisen around the team. This is due to the fact that Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin, and Derek Stepan are all restricted free agents. Oh, and they are trying to structure a contract extension for elite netminder Henrik Lundqvist, who becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Although Glen Sather has some work to do, maybe he can start looking at some potential targets to build his team even further. Here are 3 key players that I think would be a great fit on Broadway.