3 NY Rangers players who won’t be back next season

The NY Rangers are among the top teams in the NHL, but it doesn’t mean they won’t be immune to some roster turnover following a successful season.
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The NY Rangers have been the class of the NHL overall this season, sitting atop the league standings in points and putting themselves in first place for the Presidents’ Trophy down the stretch. And when you look at their overall numbers prior to their March 28th matchup with the Colorado Avalanche, they are in the top 10 in goals scored with 246 and in the top five in goals against with 199.

They have a legitimate Hart Trophy candidate in Artemi Panarin, whose 102 points and 43 goals so far are a huge reason behind the Blueshirts success. But Panarin isn’t the only reason this team has clicked all year, with the likes of Vincent Trocheck, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and Alex Lafreniere all putting up or are at least on pace to record at least 25 goals. 

And let’s not forget about the dynamic duo of Igor Shesterkin and Jonathan Quick, both of whom have, overall, played well enough all year to catapult this hockey team into serious Stanley Cup contention. But just because the Rangers have played better than anyone else this season, from their skaters to their netminders, it doesn’t mean the entire team would, nor should, stick together. 

NY Rangers will nevertheless see player movement this coming summer

The Rangers, like every NHL team, will inevitably see a few players go elsewhere this summer, as it’s impossible to keep the same team around year after year, good as they may be. Luckily for the Blueshirts, they will keep most of their players for the 2024-25 season, as only four of them in the active lineup will be unrestricted free agents

Another pending UFA could be finishing what has been an unforgettable NHL career, and another hasn’t quite worked out during his time with the Rangers. So, who will New York need to find replacements for when the 2024 offseason rolls around in a few months? 

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