Earlier in the week, every team submitted a list of the restricted free agents they would tender an offer to. Interestingly enough, there were some intriguing young players left untendered. The New York Rangers should look into bringing in some of these guys on the cheap.
About a week ago, the New York Rangers tendered qualifying offers to Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast, Nicklas Jensen, Michael Paliotta and Troy Donnay, which means they are still considered restricted free agents. The other restricted free agents–Adam Clendening, Mackenzie Skapski and Brandon Pirri–were not tendered, making them unrestricted free agents.
The Rangers weren’t the only club to make these tough calls on their young players. Each team submitted a list to the league of which RFAs they would try to keep. Those names omitted from the lists will join Clendening, Skapski and Pirri on the unrestricted free agent market.
For a team that is undergoing a one-year “retooling” like the Rangers, they may benefit from dipping into the RFA-turned-UFA pool. These are five players that the Rangers should look at.