New York Rangers: 5 Keys To A Successful Offseason

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May 20, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman

Kevin Klein

(8) during the third period of game three of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

4.) Trade A Defenseman

I can’t stress enough that the Rangers are up against the cap. They have key restricted free agents to sign, with Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin in the market for significant raises. At some point, someone will have to be a casualty, and that person should be a defenseman.

The Rangers top defensive prospect, Brady Skjei, should be NHL-ready by next season, giving the Rangers seven defenseman for six spots. It is unlikely that Dan Girardi and his albatross contract get moved, so that leaves Kevin Klein and/or Dan Boyle. Klein started off this season great because of an insanely high shooting percentage, but crashed down to earth late and during the postseason, where many times he looked lost on the ice. Boyle, who was the whipping boy this year, will be the most likely to be moved, which would be a mistake, since he wasn’t as bad as everyone thinks. No matter what, however, the Rangers will need to move a defenseman.