Chris Drury has had quite an eventful summer so far. Alexis Lafreniere still needs to get done and the Blueshirts need to figure out whatever they are going to do with that deal moving forward. With that said, there is still a lot of talent out there on the free-agent market and the Rangers are a team that will continue to look for depth wherever it is available. Depth is essential to any team that has cup ambitions and despite some of the reservations from Ranger fans, this is a cup-caliber team.
Now, with just 2.2 million in cap space and an Alexis Lafreniere situation to figure out, this Rangers team is not exactly swimming in cap space to splash on the big talents still on the free-agent market. Whether that is former Rangers like Patrick Kane or Vladimir Tarasenko, or some of the prominent defensemen like Matt Dumba, the Rangers just do not have room to do something like that.
So, what could the Rangers get involved in that would improve this team heading into the fourth week of July and the dead period of the summer when everyone enjoys the break from the hockey world? Well, the Rangers’ depth is going to be tested again and again so splashing some cash on some extra depth pieces. There will be players available this summer for the iconic Blueshirts that will be willing to take discounts to play in the greatest city on the planet.
When looking at the roster, the area that needs more depth is the forwards. Specifically, an extra player who can help put the puck in the net and provide some depth production if the top end struggles. Players that can score right now that may be willing to sign a cheaper deal just to ensure that they are in the NHL next season and have the ability to play for the Stanley Cup should be a major priority and that is what these three have in common.