New York Rangers: Five free agents that must be avoided

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Apr 4, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams (14) carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Washington defeated Toronto 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /

Justin Williams-

The Washington Capitals right winger is a known playoff performer, and a physical player with a nice scoring touch.

However, Williams is turning 36 years old, and his cap hit last season was $3.25 million. Williams is coming off a year where he scored 24 goals and had 24 assists, and could seek a raise.  A one or two year deal wouldn’t hurt the New York Rangers too bad, but Williams will likely not equal that production again.

Williams would add a nice edge to the Rangers bottom six, but the Rangers need to reserve their forward spots for younger forwards that will contribute for the team long term. It wouldn’t be wise for the team to burn over $3 million for an aging forward.