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Sather on the Rangers being eliminated: “It’s like having a death in the family.”

May 31, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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The Stanley Cup finals kicked off on Wednesday and the New York Rangers weren’t part of it. That’s a fact that Rangers GM Glen Sather is struggling to put behind him.

“We just got knocked out a couple of days ago,” said Sather said. “It’s tough enough to go to bed at night and get up the next morning. You’ve got to adjust. It’s like having a death in the family.”

For the Rangers, the question now shifts to their summer plans. Ideally, they would love another top-tier scorer, like, say, Columbus’ Rick Nash, but that’s easier said than done though.

The problem isn’t if the Rangers have the trade chips to make something happen or if they can lure a star talent to New York. The issue is that the Rangers, according to cap geek, already have $49,183,334 committed to 15 players next season. That’s not including Wade Redden, who would come with a $6.5 million annual cap hit if he was allowed to return from the AHL.

The Rangers can certainly make a big splash and stay under the cap, but they might have to get a bit creative to do so. Of course, the availability of star talent will be another potential road block.

“I would like to have a 60-goal scorer, I’d like to have a defenseman that could play 25 minutes and get 25 goals, I’d like to have a goaltender that could be under one goal-against per game,” Sather said. “Those are wish lists that every team in this league would like to have. Realistically, there are some people that are going to be available, but they’re not available until July 1.”

As far as the free agent market goes, it could be headlined by Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, but there’s still plenty of time for them to re-sign with their respective teams.

  1. cweez2 - May 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    What needs to die is Sather’s jacket.

  2. nicknyhc - May 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Trade Gaborik, Del Zotto, and a couple draft picks for Oveckin. Problem solved.

  3. grillmarks - May 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Yes. Your team who plays a game is eerily similar to a family member passing from this life.

  4. stakex - May 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Should be interesting to see what the Rangers do in the offseason.

    I still don’t think the Rangers will get Nash. Its not that they couldn’t make it work with the Cap, since getting rid of Dubinsky (which seems likely) would free up plenty of space. However Columbus simply wants far more then hes worth, and considering this Rangers team made it to the ECF as is… it would be a mistake to gut the team for a decent, but not superstar, forward who’s numbers have been falling the last couple years.

    I think its far more likely the Rangers will go after Zach Parise should he not resign with the Devils by July 1st. After all, hes every bit as good as Nash (I think hes better actually) and signing him as a UFA the Rangers wouldn’t need to give up anything to get him. Of course he probably would want a big contract, but I’m sure the Rangers could make it work.

    Should also be interesting to see what happens with the CBA. Its possible that stashing big contracts in the AHL will no longer be allowed, which might screw the Rangers with Redden if there is no free buyout period.

    • bdfools - May 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      I do agree that Parise over Nash would be a smarter thing to do, not necessarily based on talent and productivity, but on price. Parise costs nothing but cash. Nash costs cash AND what would no doubt be some valuable players included in the trade to get him.

      Nash is more the type of player the Rangers need though. A big physical power forward (6’4″ 220) who can skate and score. Parise is more of a shifty finesse player (5’11”, 195), which the Rangers already have a few of and who came up small in the hard-nosed extra long playoffs.

  5. DED - May 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Redden is never coming back to the NHL, at least not as a Ranger. If a team needs a defenseman and needs to meet the salary floor, then the Rangers will deal him away. Otherwise, he’ll be in the AHL for the rest of his career.

    I think Parise will stay with the Devils, even if they don’t win the Cup. I don’t think Lou will screw that up, though I could be wrong.

    Suter will be tough as the Red Wings now need someone to fill the void left by Lidstrom.

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